Charlie Todd and his Improv Everywhere crew thought they’d find a man’s poorly attended funeral and make it the best funeral ever! They found one for an 87-year old man, with just a few surviving relatives, and brought over 30 agents to his graveside funeral in Greenwood Cemetery. They were sneaky, “hiding behind tombstones, trees, and bushes with zoom lenses.” Lol, right?
Here’s how it went down:
The funeral we picked was in Greenwood Cemetery, an enormous plot of land in Brooklyn. (I’m not going to list the name of the deceased to prevent the family from finding this via a Google search, but it was an 87 year old male.) We met in a park a few blocks from the cemetery gate, and I briefed all of the agents, who had arrived dressed for a funeral. I instructed everyone to be as realistic as possible and not to be too over the top. I was very worried that the family would think we were making fun of them, which was the last thing we were trying to do. I told everyone to just act like you would if it had been your grandfather who passed away and behave accordingly.