Monday, February 9, 2009

High Five Escalator

For our latest Improv Everywhere mission, our friend Rob gave out over 2,000 high fives by standing next to a subway escalator during the morning rush.
Five additional people spread out along the adjacent stairs, holding signs to prepare commuters for high five fun!




It was wonderful to photograph all the big smiles so early in the morning!



56 comments:

James Watkins said...

haha how grand! i love the "rob" sign with the arrow, gold.

Dionne said...

How fun!

We do something similar to this when we go to Disneyland (but without the signs of warning) and people are in the Fastpass Line, but we aren't. We cheer for them and clap, and hold out our hands to give them a high five and congratulate them for having Fast Passes. They all look surprised and then happy. It's a lot of fun when all the people around us in the slow line join in the cheering and high-fiving.

Niph said...

There's a fun convention I go to every year, and the hotel is connected to the convention center by a "skytube" sort of walkway that goes over the buildings and has glass all around the sides so you can see out. It's a rather narrow hallway for the amount of traffic it gets, so you usually have no choice but to be in close quarters with people.

It's made all the more fun to run down the hallway and give everyone in the opposite direction high-fives. I love the smiles that it gives people. It makes my day, and I hope that it made theirs, too!

Kat said...

Wow this is great ! I wish we could organise this kind of thing in France ^^

The Cherry Blog said...

BRILLIANT! x

mamacita said...

You've made me so HAPPY!

Paul said...

Wow, did he have a sore palm after 2.000 high fives? Or did he switch to the other one half-way through?

Sometimes you can get those painful high fives when you get it just right.

Kaylen said...

I would love to see this on a dreary morning. Why don't cool things like this happen in St. Louis? Katie, you should travel and do happy things.

stormie said...

haha, that is amazing! good job matti on the editing, high five?? har har har

Joanna Goddard said...

i love this!!

TIFFANI said...

this is the best thing in the whole world!

Jaky Astik said...

nice. So creative and happy in itself.

Briony said...

rocks!

Dee said...

COOL! =)

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

This would make me SO happy if I saw it!

Anonymous said...

Ha.
i ride a motorcycle and everytime i see someone with their hand out trying to hail a cab i get a severe temptation to lean across and hi-five them on my way past.

Upper West Side Femme said...

wow, this really made me smile. you guys should have done this also at the Herald Square station, b/c everyone at that stop is just mean/grumpy every AM!

Upper West Side Femme said...

wow, this really made me smile. would love to have seen you guys do this at the Herald Square station also, b/c people at that stop are mean/grumpy!

Cheryl said...

This is one of my favorite posts from you and that says alot! How much fun! I wish I was there to give Rob a high five! I don't think that would fly here in the UAE though.... ;)

Angela said...

the improv everywhere videos make me smile like a five year old hanging upside down from a swing. i.love.it.
why am i not in the city during these magical moments?!
i super love the frozen in grand central video. a bit creepy but that adds to the awesomeness of it.
xoxoxo

Loraine said...

it's amazing to see how such a small simple act could make so many happy...

if happiness is contagious imagine how much happiness was shared on that "typical" NYC morning...

imagine...

Libërty said...

bloody brilliant. How on earth do you come up with these things, honestly.

bermudabluez said...

I think you already ARE a Professional Happy Person! You sure make all your blog readers happy!! Thanks so much for sharing! How FUN!

Soy Charlie said...

It is great to make a action in a point of purchase. I like it

A "cheery" disposition said...

Love it!!!!

...love Maegan said...

um, BRILLIANT!!! I love this.

em ♥ russ said...

i adore your blog, it is so much fun. i thought i'd seen it all when it comes to blogs, but you definitely changed my mind!

sour said...

Yay!! I love high-fives so much!!

OpHeLiA said...

wow... that's fun! im sure it made a lot of pple have a better morning judging from those smiles... ;)

Sarah said...

I got the email from Improv Everywhere about this and after reading I was ALLLLL SMILES!!! :D I mean...this was brilliant...and fun...and amazing. You guys just rock so much. GREAT photos, Katie!!

Jason said...

I had a terrible day yesterday, and I stumbled upon this post by accident...and it totally cheered me up.

Hilarious.

Johanna said...

Hi hello!

I'm new to your blog. Your posts always brighten my day. Thank you so much.

Gypsy Lynne said...

How funny! And cute blog!!

Chantal said...

A blogger I read linked to your post and dared us not to smile while reading it. She was right. I was smiling all the way through, and its Thursday, and its cold and raining and I am at my office desk... Thanks.

Narrator said...

That just made me so happy inside.

Dia Ungureanu said...

I'm so happy I stumbled upon your blog! This sure made me smile :D

Jennifer Ramos said...

Is this in NY?? Has to be...this kind of stuff happens out there. When I lived there I saw so many cool and amazingly creative things by people..this one is BRILLIANT.

Jen Ramos
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molly said...

oh, that is SO friggin rad! you make me miss my old nyc SO much. good for you guys...

Mei said...

Awesome...good job Rob..~!!..

It made me soooooo Happy within..how I wish I can High Five too..^^...

Rachel Elizabeth said...

This makes me happy.

jodi said...

awww, man! that is awesome!
and that's my subway stop for work - but i was sick that day. booooo.

kristin said...

that ROCKS!!!!! high 5 from maine

Blinky St. James said...

That looks so fun! xD I wish I could participate in stuff like that...haha. ^_^ In California, I've never come across anything like this. :P

Cybergabi said...

Fabulous. And the soundtrack too.

Anonymous said...

This made me laugh out loud! Thanks!

Hachi said...

BRILLIANT!!

made sweet said...

wait! you are part of improv everywhere?? okay. now you really are my hero. for real. i love improv everywhere.

Nick betancur said...

This was awesome. I love the big guy holding the "Get ready" sign

A Taqiyuddin said...

that was cool! very cool indeed :O

raq said...

cutest thing ever!!! i love this to bits (:

Ronnie said...

So, Improv Everywhere was featured on June's edition of Maxim magazine!

Annina said...

how great is that! i'm just here at home in Rome (i'm Swiss - but an expat) and reading through all your blog entries! I can't get enough. I want to become a photographer and would like to move to NYC.... well anyway... just posted the high five escalator to my facebook-account. it's great to bring a smile to everybody! go on! love ur blog and ur so cute!

greetings from Rome, Annina

turtlebird said...

wow.

is it weird that this got me choked up??

this is so great. thanks for spreading some happy!!

Shayne said...

true entertainment. thank you!

gladys said...

wow. this really made me want to cry. it's beautiful.

Tania said...

I saw this done in Madrid!!