What Would You Do if Darth Vader Got on Your Subway Car?

Anything can happen in New York City and Improv Everywhere, a NYC-based self-proclaimed, “prank collective” helps make that a reality. 

Their motto is, “We Cause Scenes.” 

They have completed more than 100 missions involving tens of thousands of undercover agents.  So what would you do if Darth Vader entered your subway car, or ghosts invaded the New York Public Library? Check out the videos below to see what happened…

“We came, we saw, we kicked its ass!”

Video courtesy of Improv Everywhere.

Deborah Lacy is an avid mystery reader and aspiring novelist.  You can follow her on Twitter @quippy.

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  1. Clare 2e

    I sure hope that if I were being abducted by one of the universe’s supervillains, people would do more than laugh and tweet picturees. Ah, New Yorkers : )

  2. Deborah Lacy

    @clare2e – Darth Vader is very intimidating. Perhaps they were tweeting the photos to warn the Rebel Alliance and get help.

    PS – I just tweeted about this and got a response from @jedimasteryoda. Apparently there is a Yoda bot if you use the words Darth Vader in a tweet. I don’t know why these bots amuse me so much, but they do. I love @insanecastlebot too.

  3. Kerry

    These are so cute. It must be fun to live in NYC. I bet you always come across crazy people doing fun things! My fave was the ghostbusters.

  4. Terrie Farley Moran

    Born and raised here in NYC, I am mega impressed that the NYPL allowed the ghostbuster film to be made. When we were kids we used to regularly get thrown out of the 42nd St. Library for a whole lot less. (Running up and down the inside staircase comes to mind, as does sitting on the floor playing cards.) @ Kerry, the things that some New Yorkers do are usually distinctive if not always funny. I am still waiting to be caught up in a flash mob.

  5. Teresa Nielsen Hayden

    Kerry, New York City can sometimes be vexing, but you’re right — we also get completely unexpected wonderful things happening. Sometimes they’re the same event, like the time in Union Square when someone’s giant popsicle project did a catastrophic meltdown and flooded the immediate area.

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