April Fools Past

We’re taking a break from April Fools this year for a few reasons. The main reason is that the space has gotten so crowded; every brand in the world releases an April Fools video now. It’s near impossible to actually fool anyone online like it once was. Also, it’s my wife’s birthday, and it’s nice to not be glued to a computer all day releasing a video. Anyway, to celebrate the date, here’s a look at our history of April Fools hoax projects over the years.

Spider-Man In Real Life (2014)

On the heels of our popular Movies In Real Life series, we released an additional episode on April 1. We made it seem like we had pulled off a very dangerous Spider-Man stunt, but it was actually all special effects and actors acting surprised.

Reverse Times Square (2013)

While dangerous, we probably could recruit a couple of thousand people to walk backwards in Times Square, but it was much easier just to have just a few people walk backwards and then reverse the footage. We actually did a bit of reverse walking in our Mp3 Experiment later that year, in a less traffic-filled location. Anyone who watches to the end of the video should get that it’s a joke… but it continues to fool less observant folks. People will often tell me in person that they saw this video and thought it was amazing. I just smile and say thank you.
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Beer! The Musical!

A musical breaks out in a beer hall, much to the surprise of the bar patrons:

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Created and Directed by Charlie Todd / Produced by: Deverge / Song by Scott Brown and Anthony King

In the latest installment in our Musicals in Real Life series, a seemingly spontaneous musical breaks out in a New York City beer hall, surprising patrons. One by one actors posing as customers and employees of the bar burst into song to help one man choose the right beer for his date. This project was a collaboration with the NY State Brewers Association and took place at Houston Hall in Manhattan.

Enjoy the video first and then go behind the scenes with our mission report and photos.

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Improv Everywhere Channel Trailer

Check out the trailer we created for our YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe!

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TRAILER CREDITS:
Created and Directed by Charlie Todd
Produced by Deverge
Music by Tyler Walker
Edited by Ilya Smelansky

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No Pants Subway Ride 2015


Thousands ride the subway without pants in this annual event!
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Created and Directed by Charlie Todd / Produced by: Deverge / Music by Tyler Walker

On Sunday, January 11th, 2015 tens of thousands of people took off their pants on subways in over 60 cities in over 25 countries around the world. In New York, our 14th Annual No Pants Subway Ride had over 4,000 participants, spread out over seven meeting points and eleven subway lines. Enjoy the video first and then go behind the scenes with our mission report and photos.

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No Pants Subway Ride 2015 New York Reports

UPDATE: Here’s the official 2015 video!


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The 14th Annual No Pants Subway Ride took place today in New York in chilly 32 degree weather. Over 4,000 riders met at meeting points spread out all over the city and converged on Union Square. The event also happened in in 60 cities in over 25 countries around the world. Thanks so much to all who participated! Leave a comment and let us know how it went for you.

The official video should be ready very soon. Subscribe on YouTube to be sure you see it.

PHOTOS
David Bledsoe’s photos (Central Park, C Train)
Juan Zapata’s photos (Downtown, N Train)
Arin Sang-urai’s photos (Downtown, 5 Train)
Ari Scott’s photos (Astoria, N Train)
Vitaly Levin’s photos (Brooklyn, R Train)
Marc Brian Q’s photos (Lower East Side, F Train)
Koen Blanquart’s photos (Bushwick, L Train)

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Check out the complete history of The No Pants Subway Ride.


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No Pants Subway Ride 2015 Generals:
(top L-R) Jenni Boston, Dave Eng, Matt Shafeek, Mike Fiedler, Zach Linder,
(bottom L-R) Pete Goldstein, Dimon Hunter, Richard Lovejoy, Charlie Todd, Lauren Reeves, Jaime Linn,
Photo by Ari Scott

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