CRACKED: Is this the fist time that you've run into resistance?
No, last May I organized a fake U2 concert on a roof across the street from Madison Square Garden hours before the real U2 concert [there]. Just as U2 was shut down by the cops when they famously played their rooftop gig in Los Angeles in 1987, we too were busted. It was perfect. Eight of us got tickets for "unreasonable noise," but the judge threw them out.
CRACKED: What has been the most awkward/difficult premise for you and the other Improv Everywhere crew to keep up?
I honestly can't think of anything. Most of my senior members have so much experience improvising onstage at the UCB, that we're pretty much prepared for anything. We all have the talent of being able to stay in character no matter what comes our way.
CRACKED: Improv has some very specific rules that all players have to follow, like the rule that everyone must agree with everyone else. What happens when you have a member who's not in on it/ doesn't agree with the other players? Is it really possible to do improv with pedestrians?
Well, Improv Everywhere is not really the best name for the group. The kind of improv I teach and perform at UCB heavily influences our Improv Everywhere pranks, but they are two separate things. We try to play things as real as possible with our pranks. For example, at our recent