Monday, December 14, 2009

Handbells

For our latest Improv Everywhere mission, we surprised a Salvation Army bell ringer by bringing along our own bell ringers to play with him.
Our first ringer came out with a gigantic bell
and the group gradually grew,
until we had a 13 member handbell choir playing "Joy to the World".

It was a fun christmas surprise for the ringer and all the people in the street!

57 comments:

Cindy said...

This was amazing! It gave me shivers and brought tears to my eyes. What a wonderful surprise at Christmas time!

Hundewanderer said...

How cute. The church I went to as a kid had a handbell choir, they are beautiful. The Salvation Army bell ringer will have a story to remember for the rest of his life. hugs from HW

Mim Smith Faro said...

I love Improv Everywhere! This was quite lovely. Thanks!

amber said...

I love his after expression.

Spiralstyle said...

The faces said it all, JOY! Thanks

jennifer said...

this is AWESOME!!! how can i get involved? I've been following your blog and just absolutely adore these improv everywhere videos... I would love to be a part of one in the future if you are taking new people on... my email is jennifermazzucco33@gmail.com
blog: www.reminders2bepresent.blogspot.com
peace,
jennifer

Tessa said...

LOVE! That was awesome....and i don't use that word lightly. I loved it, passed it on and laughed my booty off! So happy I stumbled across your blog, it's my FAV!

Anonymous said...

Hi, im really interested in joining the improv group. How do i join?

kelli said...

hi kate!

i tagged you for an award over at my blog - the rule is to write 10 honest facts about yourself - i'd love to read yours!

your blog amazes me and inspires me to let my inner child out. thank you and please, keep it comin'!!!

=)

Peckish said...

This is the best. You all are so amazing.

Jenni said...

How fun! I love this idea. I was laughing out loud. You guys are great.

Meggie said...

Great stuff!!

LindaW said...

I love how the improv your group does is not confrontational or meanspirited, but always reminding people of how cool people can be and that fun should be a part of "adult" life.

You guys rock!

Becky @ Our Sweet Peas said...

I don't think I will ever come to your blog and not leave with a smile on my face. Keep enjoying this time in your life. :) It inspires me to have more fun in mine!

manda said...

Genius!!!

Ashley Serena said...

That is absolutely brilliant. Oh goodness, the storeman looks completely confused. :) What a perfect improv!

Karyn said...

AWESOME love it !

Rachel T. said...

*Love* it! Also, I want a giant bell now.

Sun-Kissed Scholars said...

Fabulous!! The joy, smiles... oh, it's all contagious.
Great question above: how can we get involved??

colormekatie said...

You can participate by joining the mailing list!

http://improveverywhere.com/email-lists/

We send out emails when we're looking for people to do fun missions with us =)

Shelle said...

Awesome. I think you made his Christmas...look at the smile on his face.

linnykins said...

Hehe! I'm sure you made the day of many people! This made me smile.

sannika said...

Christmas spirit at its best... First I laughed, then I cried. Thank you!

Gillian said...

I laughed at the guys face, then I felt so sorry for him once they'd all left and he was the only one dingling his tiny bell.

I love improv. Brilliant!!!

Juanita said...

I remember one Christmas going to some mall in Johannesburg with my parents,
and the Salvation Army brass band was there playing carols. They were so good
that I got goose bumps!

The Salvation Army does good work - I wish more people would support them. Improvs like this draw excellent attention to a good cause, while being such fun.

Nicely done :-)

Carina said...

I love this a lot. Thank you.

Roselie said...

aaah so lovely,I actually cried!!!Thank you for moments like that...

Anonymous said...

wow ... you really rock, brought tears to mu eyes to see the Salvation Army guys expression and I love what you are doing. Please do more...
Peace and Love
eric

Frau said...

I love it! I wish i could have been there in person to witness it! happy holidays!

Jamie R. Doyle Photography said...

That was awesome! =)

The Childlike empress said...

awwwww,
that was beautiful
i love it how he tries to join in!

Carolyn said...

Ah that's absolutely awesome!!

Camilla Salem said...

this is so wonderful! i had to post it on my blog as well. i'm all smiles.

Plane Jayne said...

This is wonderful! Thanks for reminding us to seize the moment and enjoy it! I think I will be smiling about this all day long!
Merry Christmas!

Tali Schiffer said...

What a wonderful thing to do! Yay for Improv everywhere :)

Katie cat said...

lol awww I want to see your next improv when it takes place!! And I'm over by Bloomingdale all the time, too bad I missed it...

kim said...

its funny, i go to a Salvation Army myself and i feel like nobody notices us. its really heart-warming to see the improv-everywhere team really do reach across to stretch out everybodies smiles... :o)

Karin Bartimole said...

so completely fabulous!! makes my heart sing - or in this case, ring :)

Hippie Family... said...

I love it.. I am so excited to see these posted!!

kelly said...

that was so magical! i agree about the tears and smile it brought. :)

Kiley said...

That was beautiful! And I love the look on the Salvation Army man's face!

Kristi said...

This was by far- hands down- the BEST Improv Everywhere you've ever done! I wish it was longer and I totally wish you'd taken it a step further and all donated as you walked away ;)

Lindsey said...

That is just flipping awesome.

I was in a bell choir for a couple years...good memories.

Thanks for the nostalgia

melinda said...

aw that made me tear up too for some reason. if i were anywhere near new york i'd totally want to join improv everywhere. love you guys' videos :)

H to the izzo said...

This made me all teary with holiday goodness. Thank you, Katie for being you, and Improv Everywhere for bringing joy to people. You are doing a wonderful thing. I tweeted about it just now and will post it on my blog later.

robiewankenobie said...

it's the look on his face. and the agents trying to look serious, but breaking into grins. it may be my favorite of all of your missions (and believe you me, i've watched them all).

stephanie said...

katie, thank you and improv everywhere for this sweet christmas gift to all of us! loved it, and everything about what you do! xox

Erin said...

Love it! Literal "Silver Bells" coming to life.

Keep it up!
Merry Christmas!

kallaydoscope said...

this was YOU!? i had no idea! this was one of my favorite you tube videos of the season. love this!

Tiffany Payment said...

I was crying watch that. Beautiful humanity! Absolutely wonderful!

:)

rebekah said...

this is awsome! you can't help but smile the whole time watching it!! awsome!

Dori Lambert Elliott said...

That is so beautiful!

Dori Lambert Elliott said...

that was so beautiful!

Stacey Renee said...

I loved it! That was so rad!

Miu & Umi said...

Wow! I just stumbled across this a few days ago, and now I find this Katie person - funny, cute and a member of Improv Everywhere! Waking the world up to wonder, one person at a time. Love it!

Lazy Lisa said...

That is so wonderful ! :)

Clare said...

I just came across this way too late, but it is absolutely the most beautiful thing. Tried very hard not to start crying, but I could feel my glasses misting up. I love how much peoples' random acts of kindness can touch others.