Improv Everywhere update – New York Times Q&A

12Jan10

Yes yes yes, I know I’ve been slack, but I’ve been busy, alright. Lots of stuff to do over the New Year and muchos things on the plate (including a new job, an Open University course in Design Thinking – see IDEO post below – and an improv course in Kentish Town. Thanks for asking).

But I thought it might be time for an update on the last Improv Everywhere post. This New York Times article lets you submit questions for Improv Everywhere’s founder Charlie Todd, who I mentioned a couple of weeks ago. Generally I respect what he’s doing, and like the impact he’s made on the whole play scene. But given the concerns raised in the NPR podcast and by some of the NYT posters, I’d be intrigued to see how he responds this Wednesday.

So far questions for Todd range from the curious  – “Now that the missions have become so mainstream, is it time to shut Improv Everywhere and start something new?” – to the downright hostile – “If IE is justified by free speech and chaos why couldn’t you let your victims vent directly on your site?”.

So if you’ve got any thoughts on the matter, head over to the NYT website before Wednesday, and pitch him some questions yourself.

In the meantime I’ve got an improv class to head to. Stay warm Londoners!

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