The TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talks have quickly become a benchmark for both what is and will be stimulating debate in the intellectual community. Any time they have a ‘talk’ discussing comedy, it’s a sort of sigh of relief in that comedy is being considered more seriously as an art form rather than some folks getting together and deciding that they had nothing better to do than try and make people laugh.
With that being said, Charlie Todd, founder of Improv Everywhere (a group known for performing their improv shows unannounced in public spaces) was featured in this recently-posted TED talk and exhibited getting a bunch of people together in public in New York City to just make folks laugh. From his Annual No Pants Subway Ride to infiltrating a Best Buy with several “Everywhere Agents” in khaki pants and blue polo shirts, Todd has made for what could be considered a friendly, non-violent “Project Mayhem” crossing the lines between large scale performance art and comedy.
Check out his Todd’s “projects” and his Ted Talk below.