If the budget is cut in your library, who ya gonna call? You guessed it – the next line should be Ghostbusters – and perhaps after that the singer would say, “I ain’t afraid of no cuts.” However, when faced with a huge budget cut, the New York Public Library just couldn’t afford the high fees associated with hiring Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson from Ghostbusters fame, even if only for a couple of minutes.
Instead, as Read Street reported, they approached the next best thing – Improv Everywhere! Haven’t heard of this improv group, then I’m here to let you in on the secret (can’t say best kept because they recently reported having over 1 million views and 300k subscribers). Their slogan is “We Cause Scenes,” and I have to admit that in the following video, Improv Everywhere definitely created “chaos and joy in public places” – this time in one that is usually quiet.
If you love to laugh as much as I do, then you have to check out this video:
So now you’re thinking, what is the New York Public Library trying to say? According to the Read Street article, they approached Improv Everywhere because they wanted people to remember how “great the NPYL is” at a time when their budget has been severely threatened.
Did it work? If you live in NYC, are you going to go to the library more often or perhaps even donate money to it? If you don’t live in NYC, do you now wish you did or at least wish that your local library had cool impromptu “events” like this one? Go ahead and laugh, and then let us know what you think!