Created and Directed by: Charlie Todd
Producers: Alan Aisenberg, Andrew Soltys
Associate Producer: Juan Cocuy
Director of Photography: Justin Ayers
Camera: Justin Ayers, Sarah Harrison, Keith Haskel
Hidden Camera: Ilya Smelansky
Sound Mixer: Ken Barbera
Editor: Matt Braunsdorf
Production Assistants: Evan Harms, Peter Kelly, Tucker Markus
Mariachi: The New York City Mariachi Conservatory, “Mariachi Master Apprentice Program and Union”
Gospel: Lady Peachena & The Late Show’s Gospel Choir
Bollywood: Bollywood Funk NYC Dance School/Company, Director: Ayesha Khanna
Brass Band: Patriot Brass Ensemble
Special Thanks: The Governors Ball NYC Music Festival, Yoni Reisman, Tom Russell, Andrew Cataldo, Benjamin Silver
For our latest mission, we staged a series of surprises at the porta potty area of the Governors Ball music festival in New York. When random concertgoers opened our “magical” porta potty, they were surprised by a ridiculous number of performers streaming out of the door.
Enjoy the video first and then go behind the scenes with our mission report and photos.
UPDATE: We did a sequel.
My friends Yoni Reisman and Tom Russell are two of the founders of the Governors Ball Music Festival, a multi-stage outdoor music festival that takes place on New York City’s Randall’s Island. We’ve been talking for a couple of years about staging an Improv Everywhere mission during the festival, and this year things finally came together. I’ve wanted to stage a prank with a trick Porta Potty for years, and this was the perfect opportunity.
Agent Justin Ayers inspects the porta potty
Agent Smelansky installs a GoPro in our porta potty
The view from the festival side of the fence
The New York City Mariachi Conservatory wait for their entrance
Briefing the Bollywood group