Saturday, January 29, 2011

Improv Everywhere, Charlie Todd and friends

Charlie Todd
Did you see this on Modern Family?

Ever seen a flash mob?
Ever wish you could be in one?

You need to contact this guy.  He is seventh (or third) degree, Charlie Todd, founder of Improv Everywhere, a flashmob theater group based in New York City.  Charlie also is founder of The Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre.
If you'd like to study up on how to create a flash mob, buy Charlie's book, "Causing a Scene."  Mr. Todd insists that these are not "flash mobs," but that term's meaning hasn't settled yet.

Let's enjoy some of Charlie's scenes.

Frozen Grand Central
The guy with short brown hair who pokes the frozen woman is Charlie Todd.

Here is another favorite of mine.
Shirtless in Abercrombie and Fitch

Seventh Degree, ABC's Niteline featured Charlie's, Improve Everywhere in February of 2008.

Nightline recently did a story on the Catholic (it exists in the East and the West) rite of exorcism.

Sixth Degree, Barbara Gangi produced a film on exorcism through the Catholic production house, Paulist Productions.  The film is mentioned in the Nightline piece.  Ms Gangi also produced a TV film which starred
Here is Betty White (left) and Barbara Gangi (center)
Fifth Degree, Betty White.  We first connected Betty White to Pope John Paul II in the Dick Clark post from New Year's Eve.

Alternate 2 Degree Connection for Charlie to John Paul

One of Improv Everywhere's scenes involved U2 and first degree, Bono.  The video clip below shows the mission, it looks like fun.  

A word about Exorcism
I normally comment on major Catholic vocab words as they come up, but I don't have a lot to say about this one.  I've spoken with many Orthodox priests and Roman Catholic priests about exorcism over the years and they all say the same thing.  "Satan is real.  What I saw was terrible.  You don't want to see it."  Other than that, I don't have much to add.  Perhaps we'll get a priest or two to comment on the new movie, "The Rite," which came out yesterday.   Here's a trailer.

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