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Charlie Todd is the founder of Improv Everywhere, the world’s largest and most successful prank collective. He has been producing, directing, performing, and documenting the group’s work for over seven years. He is the author of the upcoming, Causing a Scene: Extraordinary Pranks in Ordinary Places with Improv Everywhere (William Morrow). He is also a teacher and performer of improv comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.

Todd has performed Improv Everywhere Live events at The New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Good Experience Live (GEL) Conference, the InterFilm Festival in Berlin, the FutureSonic Festival in Manchester, and numerous corporate meetings and college campuses.
He is perfect for any school, conference, or corporate event. “The Improv Everywhere Live” show is an hour of behind-the-scenes stories from Todd’s unique personal experiences as the organizer of Improv Everywhere’s legendary missions. The show features video clips of all his most famous missions with his live commentary and an interactive question and answer session.

Todd has been featured on the Today Show, ABC’s Nightline, This American Life (both their radio and TV programs), and VH1’s 40 Greatest Pranks. He has been profiled by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, Spin magazine, and countless international newspapers and magazines. New York Magazine called him “One of the 10 funniest people you haven’t heard of.”

Improv Everywhere causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places. Created in August of 2001, Improv Everywhere has executed over 80 missions involving thousands of undercover agents. The group is based in New York City and has recently started to spread its brand of humor around the globe. Improv Everywhere has been wildly successful online, receiving over 44 million views on YouTube alone.

Improv Everywhere has achieved cult status as the most notorious pranksters of the Internet age. Since the group’s inception, thousands of “Agents” have participated in the group’s ingenious pranks, and thousands more have been (unwittingly) exposed to the group’s joyful stunts.
What makes both the book and performance, Causing a Scene, truly unique is that they provide interactive experiences. In addition to covering pranks the group has already pulled, Causing a Scene gives audiences the tools to pull off similar pranks in their own hometown. The presentation dishes insider tips on how to cause the biggest scene, no matter where you live. Todd includes prank suggestions for different public locales, and encourages everyone to get in on the fun. Audiences will learn how to stage pranks in retail stores, public transportation, parks, and more — all with the unique, good-natured, and uplifting spirit that has made Improv Everywhere famous.

By bringing chaos and mirthful mayhem to the masses, Improv Everywhere has become a media darling. Profiles of the infamous prank collective have appeared in many major media outlets, including the New York Times, 20/20, This American Life, MSNBC, ABC World News Tonight and SPIN magazine. The group was featured in Rolling Stone’s annual “Hot List,” and the fake U2 rooftop concert was named by VH1 as one of the all-time “40 Greatest Pranks.” Hot on the heels of their Internet popularity, the group is now branching out into television — they shot a pilot this spring that is currently in development with NBC Universal.

Praise for Charlie Todd and Improv Everywhere:

“Improv Everywhere is reliably hilarious to millions of people. The masters of mischief. [The Frozen Grand Central stunt] is one of the funniest moments ever captured on tape.”
— Martin Bashir, ABC News Nightline

“Improv Everywhere tramples the lines drawn between spectacle and spectator, theatre and real life, public and private, performance and protest, and reclaims the streets for ordinary people.” — Lyn Gardner, The Guardian (UK)

“A very interesting idea of theatre. Genius.”
—Natalie Morales, NBC’s Today Show

“Screamingly funny. Improv Everywhere, responsible for the very funny, very fun No-Pants Subway Ride, has pulled off so many clever stunts in the last five years that it’s hard to keep track. Thank god this stuff is documented. It’s one thing to tell someone about the time they sent 80 people into Best Buy wearing blue polo shirts and khaki pants; it’s entirely something else to watch the store’s real employees go batshit.”
— Jeff Stark, Nonsense NYC

“Improv Everywhere is fighting the good fight to keep NYC unpredictable, off the grid and balls-out funny. I mean, how could you not laugh at someone setting themselves up as a bathroom attendant at the Times Square McDonald’s or staging a synchronized-swimming performance in the Washington Square Park fountain?”
— Dan Avery, Time Out New York