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STATUS: Answering emails, reviewing royalty statements, working on some contracts, and typing up notes for client manuscripts. Just a typical Friday morning…

What’s playing on the iPod right now? CALL ME by Aretha Franklin

Okay, this entry doesn’t have anything to do with publishing but I think the Improv Everywhere artists rock and I just have to share. I totally want to be an IE agent.

Have you ever noticed that the main characters in musicals just spontaneously burst into song? Well, now it happens in real life too.

And IE at the little league game is just a blast as well.

Nothing to do with publishing I know but I’m sure it brought a smile to your face and hey, it’s Friday!

19 Responses

  1. Anonymous said:

    That had to have made those boys’ entire year. A memory they’ll never forget. Very cool. 🙂

  2. pjd said:

    These are hilarious.

    The first time I became aware of the “spontaneous musical” concept was as a child watching one of the stupidest McDonald’s commercials ever. Remember McD (clap clap) L. T.? I always wanted to see a few dozen people around me spontaneously break into dance and song about a hamburger. The hot stays hot and the cool stays cool! (Bonus young celebrity sighting in this commercial.)

  3. DeadlyAccurate said:

    Those are two of my favorite IE scenarios. The Little League one even brought tears to my eyes by the end. Talk about something those kids will remember.

  4. Heidi said:

    These are great! Prankstagroup does a few like this as well. My favorite is when they break out into song in a lecture hall. It’s here:

    I also wanted to let you know I sold two Ally Carter books this week. I was looking through them at Borders when two teenage girls came down the aisle browsing for something to get. I had to reach past them to return the book to the shelf and they immediately picked it up. I told them they were great books and basically summed up the blurb, and they wanted to know which book came first in the series. Then they both picked one up and said, “I’m definitely getting this one!”

    I think it’s the first time I’ve convinced a stranger to buy something, especially something that wasn’t mine! Of course, the book basically sold itself!

  5. Adaora A. said:

    LMAO! Oh God that is full of win.

    I would be so tempted to sing along with them. Why can’t I live in California?

    I love how the girl is swaying as she sings about lemonade.


  6. Anonymous said:

    I must not have the YouTube gene, or maybe it’s a recessive or something. There just seems to be so much dreck on it, and I have to admit I’m getting tired of ‘viral videos’ and other things that were rejected from America’s Funniest Home Videos.

    To me, this looks like another bunch attempting to be ‘discovered’ by Lorne Michaels. I’ve got a cousin who does the same thing. He’s a talented production artist, and he and his two friends spend seventy percent of their time coming up with theoretically funny skits for YouTube in an effort to ‘get their names out there’.

    The other day as I drove to pick up my son from elementary school, I passed three high school boys. One had a camera in hand, the other two had a shopping cart. They were standing at the top of a flight of stairs. You can see where this is going. I pulled over and watched. Fortunately, they chickened out on pushing the cart (and kid) down the concrete steps, instead opting for the ‘safer’ route of sending him down the hill next to the stairs. I watched in my rear view long enough to make sure the professor didn’t need a ride to the hospital.

    In the words of Patton Oswalt, “Porn degrades women… YouTube degrades us all.”

  7. Lady Heidi, Duchess of Kneale said:

    I spontaneously break out in song in public, but most of the time it’s just me without a chorus line.


    (Consider it the musician’s equivalent of the eccentric writer talking to themselves.)

    I’d love to see something like these videos live.

  8. M. G. Tarquini said:

    I’ve seen that one at the food court several times. Everytime the gal with the baby throws the little darlin’ over her head, I choke.

    I totally wish I’d written it.

  9. Julie Weathers said:

    Those are hilarious.

    I especially like the little league one, though. I went through that with my two older boys and that would have been a memory for a lifetime.

    It makes me wonder how many of those kids seriously pursue baseball after that.

    Thanks for posting these.

  10. Dorothy said:

    What fun!!! Thanks, Agent K. I read your blog daily and was tickled to see these two non-publishing entries. The Iprov group really does a good job. With all the seriousness in the world, it’s refreshing to see such off the wall goings-on by talented people. Thanks for sharing.

  11. karen wester newton said:

    What a hoot! My admiration goes out to anyone willing to sing in public. And the Little League game was a wonderful idea! I loved the comment from the coach that the rest of the season would be a let down by comparison.

    We could all use a little levity and spontaneity in our lives.

  12. Brenda said:

    I loved the little league one. Thanks for posting these Kristin. I so remember sitting in the stands when my own boys were in baseball. Improv with heart. 🙂