As of today, Improv Everywhere is changing its name due to legal action by a jazz combo from the 1980s. It seems said combo recorded and self-released three albums of improvisational jazz under the name “Improv Everywhere” in 1983.
Apparently one of the members of the long-since defunct group saw us on This American Life last week. He sent us a cease and desist letter asking that we stop using the name.
Effective today, we are changing our name to “Humor In Public Places” (HIPP for short.) While not as good as the name we’ve used for the past five years, we hope you will still enjoy our website under this new banner. As of now, we have no plans to change our URL. Rather than focusing on the negative, we’re excited to start getting HIPP!