100 Million Views and 300k Subscribers

Improv Everywhere is about to pass 100 million total views on YouTube! We joined the site in April of 2006, about five months after YouTube started. While it feels like we’ve *always* been on YouTube, Improv Everywhere existed for four and half years before we had a YouTube channel (and for about four years since.) Without YouTube, we’d still be documenting our missions with just text and tiny photos. YouTube has enabled Improv Everywhere to reach an international audience without needing a green-light from anyone but ourselves. So, hooray for YouTube!

We’re also on the cusp of reaching 300,000 subscribers on YouTube. To celebrate, we’d like to give away something special to the 300,000th subscriber. The first person who posts a link in the comments below to a screen shoot of Improv Everywhere’s channel after we’ve passed the 300k mark will win the last remaining Improv Everywhere Best Buy Blue Polo shirt. Yup, the shirt that is so illegal to sell we got a cease and desist letter about it! Only 24 of them were ever made. 12 were sold and 11 were given out as gifts to senior agents. One adult size small remains!

Be the first to post a screen shot of our YouTube channel displaying over 300k subscribers and the shirt is yours.

And if you’re not a subscriber to our channel, speed this contest up and subscribe now!

UPDATE: We passed 300k and have a winner. See comments below. Thanks to everyone who tried to win! And thanks to everyone who subscribes to Improv Everywhere on YouTube!!!



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90 Responses to 100 Million Views and 300k Subscribers

  1. Holly Croftts-Johnson says:

    I don’t understand :S lol

  2. Queebers says:

    Damnit! YouTube is blocked at work! Nooooooooooooooo!!!!!!! =(
    Well, congrats anyways IE!

  3. xatm092 says:

    Do you have to live in America?

  4. Lindsay says:

    Woops… did not read the instructions carefully.

  5. Tabbi says:

    how do you post a screen shot?

  6. Dustin Thacker says:
  7. Dustin Thacker says:

    oh…you haven’t hit 300,000 YET.
    got it now.

  8. Tabbi says:

    silly bear….

  9. Dustin Thacker says:

    LOL. I was improvising. :)

  10. Jenny says:

    how do u make/capture a screen shot?

  11. old clipper says:

    CONGRATS, do you have a size large?

  12. Tabbi says:

    still not at 300k…..

  13. Willinator says:

    Just 154 away!

  14. Willinator says:

    now 158 away, what?1

  15. Demian says:

    I’ll try.

  16. Chris says:

    So, by “passed the 300k mark”… would a screenshot of 300,000 and/or 300,001+ etc. be acceptable?

  17. aioinae says:

    Isn’t it a little too easy to fake a screenshot? >.>

  18. JC says:

    can the screenshot be hosted anywhere? are we simply to let you know of the url of the screenshot?

  19. Sheryl says:

    To take a screen shot on a Mac:

    Shift and command and 3 takes the whole screen. Shift and command and 4 lets you select the part of the screen that you want. Upload just like any other file.

    • Nathan says:

      Testing the comment posting for speed.

      Also, I keep getting the error that I am posting too quickly, even though this is my first post here.

  20. Karen says:

    of course, now I have to go get kids from school… so NOT fair!

  21. Elizabeth says:

    Slowly but surely…

  22. sam says:


  23. Johannes says:


  24. Liza says:

    Did the legal advice ever help?

    I had suggested that you had a case against BestBeast based on the shirt being a parody and the tag shape being used in other ways besides a company logo.

    Congratulations to you on the success of IE and thank you for entertaining me. The few missions I’ve been in have been tons of fun.

    Thanks Charlie.

    • Charlie Todd says:

      I decided just to take the shirts down and not worry about a legal fight. There’s a chance we could have won– I think it’s clearly a parody shirt– but I didn’t have the time or the money to get into a fight with Best Buy’s lawyers. Plus, the C&D letter caused such a huge stir online (especially the one they sent Laughing Squid) that I won in the end. We got tons of traffic from it. We only made 24 shirts anyway.

      Thanks again for offering to help out!

  25. sam says:

    so the shirt is an adult small correct?

  26. Dante says:

    If someone were to post 300,001 and then someone else posted the 300,000 which person would win?

  27. Jillian says:

    testing :) getting ready!

      • Todd (not Charlie) says:

        Based on the name of the image, it is possible that this was a faked screenshot

        • Charlie Todd says:

          I considered that. But the image had the number of total views correct as well. That number doesn’t change with each view, but it had been updated pretty recently before the 300,000th subscriber. So if he made a fake, he made it pretty quickly before and he posted it the second it went to 300k.

          And he seems like a nice dude so I’ll trust him!

  28. Lizzie says:

    Eeeek *crosses fingers I’m the first* :D


  29. ChrisB says:

    Dammit.. it said “ur posting too quickly” http://twitpic.com/1ahva8

  30. elizabeth says:

    I dont know how to capture a screen shot but its at 300,007! : (

  31. jenny says:

    ugh that ur posting too quickly made me lose i think. i had it exactly at 300,000 but it took 5 tries to send and by the time i did there was 2 replies for like 300,002 and 1. weaksauce

  32. bjtalbot says:

    Darn, I kept getting a “you’re posting too quickly” message!

  33. Charlie Todd says:

    After reviewing the entries, I’m declaring RollinAbes to be the winner:


    Congrats! I will email you to get your address (using the email you left the comment under.)

  34. Charlie Todd says:

    Thanks to everyone who tried! And thanks to everyone who subscribes to Improv Everywhere on YouTube!!! New videos coming soon!

  35. Jeff says:

    Damn, it said I was posting comments too quickly also… wonder what that means…

  36. Here is the 300,000 mark but the system said I was uploading too quickly???????


  37. Jake P. says:

    This is unfair! I had the image but the website timed out and then was apparently overloaded with people so i couldnt do it, but theres proof of uploading time to facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3839255&id=737939085

  38. Dollie says:

    Well there goes an hour I’ll never get back! :)

    Congrats on the 300K Charlie & Co!

    What’s up for the 1 millionth view?

  39. bjtalbot says:

    Congrats, Rollin

  40. Jake P. says:

    ooh, 500 subscribers overnight. THats interesting.

  41. Liza says:

    Congratulations to the Winner!

  42. Cassandra says:

    Check out the new episode of Real to Reel featuring Charlie Todd!

    In this episode, founder Charlie Todd brings the MP3 experiment to campus where students download an MP3 to their iPods and follow commands such as playing thumb war, napping on the ground and high-fiving strangers.