Improv Everywhere Brings ‘Star Wars’ to NYC Subway Car

New York subway travellers were stunned when Princess Leia climbed aboard – and was subsequently arrested by Darth Vader and his stormtrooper henchmen.

This mission took place on an incredibly rainy day. Fortunately we were going to be underground for most of it, but our intrepid Stormtroopers got a little bit wet on the way to the mission. Photo: Katie Sokoler/Improv Everywhere

‘Star Wars’ is everywhere so it was only a matter of time before Improv Everywhere took their own stab at bringing their favorite scenes to the masses.

Since 2001, Improv Everywhere has entertained the public at random in New York City. Some of their 100 improv stunts include ‘Frozen Grand Central,’ the ‘Food Court Musical,’ ‘Ghostbusters in the New York Public Library’ and the famous ‘No Pants Subway Ride,’ and now ‘Star Wars NYC Subway Car.’

And for their latest mission, they invaded a New York City subway car, treating passengers to a reenactment of the first Princess Leia and Darth Vader scene from Star Wars.

Although we’ve seen comedy troop Improv Everywhere undertaking a lot of missions in the past but we’ve never seen such a big reaction from spectators.

For example, in the ‘Ghostbusters in the New York Public Library’ mission it was immediately obvious who was a native New Yorker and who was a tourist, judging by who had the biggest reaction to the goings-on.

However, this time everyone on the NYC train seem pleased and delighted, a heady task on a subway car in New York during the summer.

“The white walls and sliding doors on the train reminded us of the rebel ship from the movie, and we thought it would be fun to see how people would react to a surprise appearance by the iconic characters,” the troop says of the mission at their official website.

The subway Star Wars performance is greeted with laughter and applause – and mobile phones were soon whipped out to record it for posterity. Don’t forget to check the brilliant Star Wars YouTube video below. [Improv Everywhere via Mashable and Star Wars Blog]

The taliswoman of the rebel alliance boards the busy train clutching a copy of ‘Galactic Rebellion For Dummies’, much to the amusement of the New Yorkers around her. Photo: Katie Sokoler/Improv Everywhere

"One thing we learned is that almost every human will immediately take out their camera when they see Darth Vader. We’ve done lots of crazy missions on the subway over the years, but I have never seen so many people taking photographs of our performance. How can you not take a photo of Darth Vader? It’s impossible to resist!" Photo: Katie Sokoler/Improv Everywhere

Leia being taken away, after her intense scene with Vader. Photo: Katie Sokoler/Improv Everywhere

"Vader’s entrance the second time went much more smoothly and the crowd roared when he appeared." Photo: Katie Sokoler/Improv Everywhere

"It was fun watching the reactions of the passengers, young and old. We encountered a few kids throughout the day, and not surprisingly they seemed to be the most excited by the mission." Photo: Katie Sokoler/Improv Everywhere

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