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June 28, 2011 1:06 PM   Subscribe

The 143rd running of the Bryant Park Stakes.
posted by oneirodynia (17 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

Mystery Meat Labelling Service: Improv Everywhere stunt, pretty charming and funny, not mean-spirited, 3min 23secs.
posted by TheophileEscargot at 1:39 PM on June 28, 2011 [3 favorites]

Sigh. When did IE go from "endearingly cute" to "attention seeking?"

Their stunts seem to lack the comedic value and originality that they once had....
posted by schmod at 1:51 PM on June 28, 2011 [1 favorite]

DAMMIT! I knew I shouldn't have bet on Kitty Kitty Bang Bang. Something about my proximity to a cat just blew my handicapping.

Carrots on the Brain was 12-1, BTW, so some lucky jerks did OK.
posted by louche mustachio at 1:54 PM on June 28, 2011

Aw. This seemed pretty endearingly cute to me. That kid seemed pretty jazzed.
posted by koeselitz at 2:00 PM on June 28, 2011

Cute, but needed a few more riders in costume.
posted by mrgrimm at 2:03 PM on June 28, 2011

Goddamn improvers, can't they do their improv where nobody has to see them. I don't have a problem with it as long as they don't shove it in my face, like "look at me.. I'm an improver! Give me special improv schools!" but improv is just unnatural. And now they are getting married too, I guess they have a right to be as miserable as everyone else. Don't get me wrong, some of my best friends are improvers. There is one down at the bar and nobody gives him any trouble, but he is one of the good ones.
posted by Ad hominem at 2:31 PM on June 28, 2011 [4 favorites]

Post race interview was quite revealing. "Because I wanted to!" Good sport little fellow!
posted by JohnnyGunn at 2:32 PM on June 28, 2011

The hare wins by a hair. That's not improv. The race was fixed.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 3:40 PM on June 28, 2011 [1 favorite]

Goddamn improvers, can't they do their improv where nobody has to see them....

Goddamn flashers, can't they show their junk to other people where nobody has to see it ... (cuz that's about how I feel).
posted by mrgrimm at 3:42 PM on June 28, 2011

Actually, for a change, this was something resembling improvisation. Baby steps!
posted by bicyclefish at 4:05 PM on June 28, 2011

"Actually, for a change, this was something resembling improvisation. Baby steps!"
posted by bicyclefish at 7:05 PM on June 28

Not to nitpick, but if you bring costumes, a sound system complete with tagged mikes, a trumpeter, a "jockey" in racing silks (or something very like), "roses" for the winner, a blackboard for toting "bets," and video equipment to record it all, how does such an "improvisation" differ from a low budget, short form movie shoot?
posted by paulsc at 4:26 PM on June 28, 2011

As usual: still not improv, still made me tear up a little. Awwww.
posted by fiercecupcake at 5:16 PM on June 28, 2011 [1 favorite]

From their website:

"How can you call it “improv”? Your missions are clearly pre-planned!

We are not claiming that what we are doing is improv. The majority of Improv Everywhere Agents met each other through the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York, the nation’s most awesome improv theatre and school. While staging organized stunts in public places is obviously completely different from improv comedy in a theatre, the two activities do share similar techniques. We stay in character at all costs and interact with members of the public with no script beyond the mission’s idea. We have no clue how people are going to react to us, and that is where the improvisation comes in. Sometimes people misread our URL as “Improve Everywhere.” We think that’s probably a better name for what we try to do. "

They've been calling themselves a "prank collective" for a long while, anyway.
posted by sawdustbear at 5:19 PM on June 28, 2011

But they are violating the sacred spirit of improv! If only they were doing some serious comedy like asking the audience to shout out their favorite fairy tale and a movie genre. Three little pigs. Mafia. Prepare for genius!
posted by malphigian at 5:52 PM on June 28, 2011 [3 favorites]

I thought this was adorable. Ear-to-ear grin watching this. Big thumbs up from me!
posted by marsha56 at 5:53 PM on June 28, 2011

The pure delight on the faces of people watching makes it hard for me to find anything to criticize about this.
posted by dry white toast at 7:06 PM on June 28, 2011 [1 favorite]

Safety belts on carousels -- what is this world coming to?
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