Improv Everywhere has struck again! The New York-based comedy troupe is best known for causing chaos in a BestBuy simply by having 80 “agents” enter the store dressed similarly to the employees, but their latest ‘social experiment,’ involves only seven people and a camera crew.
Three of their agents entered the New York Public Library reading room earlier this week dressed as ghosts (sheets with eye holes cut out), and simply sat down to do some studying. Soon after, who else would enter but the Ghostbusters! The team of paranormal investigators slinked into the room, proton packs at the ready, hunting their proverbial wabbits.
In a loose homage to that movie’s opening scene, a bedsheet-clad “ghost” appears in the library’s Rose Main Reading Room, perplexing other patrons who just came to surf the Web or learn about microfiche, until the phantom is chased away by a squad of proton-pack-toting ‘busters. Then, presumably, they all head over to Central Park West and smear themselves with marshmallows.
Matt Adams at the Improv Everywhere blog wrote: “For our latest mission, we brought the movie Ghostbusters to life in the reading room of The New York Public Library at 42 Street. The 1984 movie begins with a scene in the very same room, so we figured it was time for the Ghostbusters to make an encore appearance. Enjoy the video first and then go behind-the-scenes with the photos and report below.”
A press representative for the New York Public Library said that the library approached Improv Everywhere about using its austere environs for the video stunt. The library said it hopes to use the video to publicize its “Don’t Close the Book Campaign,” which is designed to raise funds as well as awareness that the library is facing a budget cut of as much as $37 million. [Improv Everywhere via NY Times]