Recap of the Tale of the Epic Super Hero Battle!

Epic Super Hero Battle - Villains Attack!

Epic Super Hero battle courtesy of Sheila Dee

On Saturday, November 17th Improv AZ had its first Flashmob Fiction event – The Tale of the Epic Super Hero Battle! We’ve done Epic Super Hero Battles before, but this one had a unique twist. We gave our agents an mp3 of instructions to download and play during the event.

Dozens of agents donned a colorful array of wigs, masks, capes, and spandex and gathered in Old Town Scottsdale. At the appointed time, we all pressed “play” and followed the instructions as it led our group down 3rd Avenue. At our first stop, it became obvious that there was not one but two recordings – 1 for the villains and 1 for the heroes! Unlike past battles where participants got to select their team we randomly assigned agents into alliances with good and evil.

The groups split up to dominate separate areas of Old Town. The heroes sang the worst rendition of the Spiderman theme song ever and tried to engage with the patrons at Dos Gringos, despite their best efforts to ignore the wily colorful group. The villains leered and sneered their way up another street intriguing the nearby children, patrons, business owners, and one uncomfortable-looking armed security guard outside a high-end jewelry store.

The battle culminated with a massive face-off between the groups. The heroes initially tried to quell the villains with an onslaught of bubbles, but had to resort to stronger powers if they were going to have a chance at victory. Eventually the heroes and villains grew tired long enough to look at each other and realize that they were fighting the people who were once their friends. Instead of continuing to fight, they clasped hands and skipped off into the imaginary sunset.

Of course this flash mob had its fair share of onlookers and paparazzi who grinned, laughed, took pictures, asked us what we were doing, and even began to follow us in a mini-parade to see how the story would play out.

Pictures, Write-ups, and Thank Yous!

Check out some of the great superhero battle pictures on Flickr! A big thanks to Sheila Dee and Patrick McLeod for being our roving (running) photographers. We’ve had some problems with the video, but are hoping to get it sorted and get a video up soon.

We also had some excellent coverage in the Phoenix New Times, who posted a Super Hero slideshow, and their take on the Seven Most Interesting Heroes/Villains. Did you make the list?

Thank you to everyone who helped make our first Flashmob Fiction a huge success, including Evo Terra for recording the tracks, and Debbie Walker for doing all the audio editing.

Be sure to add yourself to our email list and follow us on Facebook to keep up with our future events

Download the mp3 for the Epic Super Hero Battle flash mob!

The mp3 file for our first Flashmob Fiction story, The Tale of the Epic Super Hero Battle, is now available!

You can download the mp3 from our Flashmob Fiction page, but do not listen to it until the flash mob starts. That would spoil all the fun!

All the info for the flash mob is on the same page, and we hope to see you there!

Bust out your spandex and join our first Flashmob Fiction story!

Remember the awesome mp3 Experiment we did a few years ago? We loved it and had a lot of people ask us to do it again, but that idea is really the baby of Improv Everywhere so we wanted to try something new.

Epic Super Hero Battle courtesy of patrickem

Epic Super Hero Battle courtesy of patrickem

That new idea is something we’re calling “Flashmob Fiction“, which is part flash mob and part interactive storytelling. And the first episode of our Flashmob Fiction will bring in an idea from another popular project – the Epic Super Hero Battle!

The Tale of the Epic Super Hero Battle

For those of you who haven’t participated in an Epic Super Hero Battle, it’s a fake battle between heroes and villains where agents create their own characters for the cheesy epic face off. This time you will still dress up, but you will also download an mp3 in advance and press “play” at a designated time and location. You’ll be following the instructions provided by the magic voice to help the story unfold.

How It Works

As with all our events, participation is mandatory! We are already covered for photographs and videos, so only show up if you’re going to play along with the group.

When: Saturday, November 17th, 1:00pm – watch for the sign to start!

Where: 3rd Ave, west of Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale (NW corner). The linked map shows where to park and where to go.

What to Do: Show up at the location with the mp3 on your player and press play at exactly 1:00pm! Do NOT listen to the mp3 in advance!

RSVP: Please RSVP on our Facebook event if you so desire, but all you’re required to do is show up!

What to Bring: Your mp3 player, headphones, and your costume!

What to Wear: Dress as a super powered hero or villain of your own creation. Don’t come as Superman or Wolverine – make up your own crazy idea and have fun with it. Decide your secret hero (or villain) name, and show up in costume ready to go! If you need costume components, be sure to hit the Halloween shops before Halloween or Easley’s Fun Shop in Phoenix always has a great selection of costume pieces.

Wandering About: The instructions may require you to temporarily separate from your friends so please make sure everyone in your group is old enough and mature enough to walk down the street by themselves where you may not have your eyes on them at every moment.

How to get the mp3

The mp3 will be available on our Flashmob Fiction page late on November 15th. We don’t want people listening to it in advance, so come back then to download it. (We’ll be posting TONS of reminders!)

If you know how to subscribe to an RSS feed for podcasts, we have the RSS feed already live. You can subscribe to that and just refresh the feed before you come to the flash mob.

In the meantime, just mark it on your calendar, shop for your costume, and tell all your friends!

 

Friends, Pranksters, Countrymen… lend us your vote!

Battle Stalwarts
Image by Moriartys via Flickr

Good evening!  Well, it isn’t really evening out as I write this, but I always liked Alfred Hitchcock.

Things have been a little quiet around the ImprovAZ front as tends to happen over the summer. It’s not the heat so much as the stupid people are running around saying “At least it’s a dry heat.”  We’re worried about not being able to control ourselves and inflicting bodily harm upon those people, so we say safely indoors.  However, the summer is happily drawing to a close, and we’re gearing up for what hopes to be a fun few months of shenanigans.

We need your vote!

A few pranksters from Arizona and California are going to the South By Southwest Interactive festival in Austin next year, and we’ve submitted two panels to talk about doing pranks and flashmobs.  Could you take 5 minutes and vote for us?  Cast your vote or leave a comment for Frosting The Law: Building a Safe Prank Group, and Happenings and Shenanigans: Pranksterism in Our Culture.  Many thanks!

We’re an inspiration! (maybe)

If you missed the spandex clad piece of awesome that was the Epic Super Hero Battle, take some time to gaze upon the technicolor pictures that emerged.  It appears that real superheroes are popping up in the Southern and Midwestern parts of our fair country, so who knows… maybe next year we’ll spawn some real heroes (or villains!)

Want to get involved?

Some of you have already told us you’re interested in helping put on pranks, be lookouts, or help film, but we could use a few more dependable souls – especially if you have some video recording skills. If you would like to help us run some of our silliness, drop us a line!

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Epic Super Hero Battle meetup locations and movie info!

Super Hero Prison
Image by Lomo-Cam via Flickr

Just an update for the most excellent Epic Super Hero Battle 2010 happening this weekend!  This is just an update, and here is the full Epic Super Hero Battle post.

PUB CRAWL

Our partners in this melee – AZ Cacophony – are doing a pub crawl again before the battle. This is totally optional. If you’re interested, the crawl starts at noon.

WHERE TO GO FOR THE BATTLE

Both sides will meet separately on Mill Ave in Tempe, then come together as a group.  Note that this is a participation event! If you’re not in costume, don’t come!

Villains — You’re being led by Ruth Carter. Villains — You’re being led by Ruth Carter. You are meeting by the KPMG building on Rio Salado at 2:00.  See the map!

Heroes — Jeff Moriarty is directing things for your side. You are meeting on 1st and Ash (in the Monti’s Parking Lot)  See the map!

MAP: Map of Parking and Meetup Locations! <– This is the map!

WHEN TO BE THERE

Saturday, April 17th – Both Heroes and Villains need to be parked, dressed and gathered with their groups by NO LATER THAN 2:00p. We highly recommend planning on arriving at 1:45 to make sure you can find the group. If you get there early — WAIT! No rogue agents, please. As cool as it sounds… it’s not. The group is better.

THE BATTLE

The battle will take place on Mill Ave, working our way up towards the Light Rail station. We’re going to stay on public property so we don’t disrupt any of the business on Mill. No none wants to get arrested. Well, none of us trying to organize want to get arrested. YMMV.

If you’re on Facebook you can RSVP for the event here and share it with your friends!

THE MOVIE

Since the movie Kick-Ass is opening that weekend, we’re going to ride the light rail in costume (fun!) and go see the movie in costume (more fun!).

We’ll take the Light Rail to the 3rd & Washington stop, then walk to the Arizona Center to see the 4:30 show (or 5:15 if we run late)

TWEETS AND PICTURES

Use the tag “ESHB10” for tweets and pictures around the event.

After that you’re on your own, but you’re in full costume with a whole city to have fun in!  Hopefully you can think of something!

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Need epic duds? Come to Super Hero Costume Meetup!

#eshb09 - Epic Super Hero/Villain Battle 2009

Image by sheiladeeisme via Flickr

Want to come to the Epic Super Hero Battle but not sure what dress as? Out of touch on what all the hottest heroes and villains are wearing this year?

Join us for a costume shopping meetup on Saturday, April 10th, to browse the most amazing Easley’s Costume Shop and compare notes and ideas for your wardrobe!  If you’ve already got your costume idea set, come on down anyway and help others or check out the crazy stuff at Easley’s!

Date: Saturday, April 10, 2010
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm
Location: Easley’s Fun Shop, 509 West McDowell Road Phoenix, AZ 85003

You can also RSVP for the Epic Super Hero Battle on Facebook or check out more info on Easley’s Fun Shop at http://www.easleys.com.

Hope to see you at Easley’s!

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Epic Super Hero Battle ’10 is coming

courtesty of sheiladeeisme

The time has come once again for villains and heroes to gather in armed combat. Well… maybe just some healthy taunting and significant amount of faux battle. But it’ll still be fun!

There will be a pub crawl beforehand, then the battle, then we’re going to see the movie Kick Ass in full costume. You’re welcome to come to any combination of the above.

CHOOSE A SIDE

Decide whether you want to be a superhero or a supervillain. Ideally, we’d like equal numbers on either side, but we’re willing to let the law of averages work unfettered. Dress appropriately. Let your imagination run wild, but if you’re stuck, we’ll be having a costume meetup to help you with ideas.

WHAT NOT TO WEAR

* Licensed outfits. No need to get sued, right? Make it up, but feel free to draw inspiration.
* Real or realistic weapons. No need to get anyone shot, right?
* Nothing. Note the double-negative. In other words, cover thyself!

WHERE TO GO

Both sides will meet separately on Mill Ave in Tempe, then come together as a group.  Note that this is a participation event! If you’re not in costume, don’t come!

Villains — You’re being led by Ruth Carter. Villains — You’re being led by Ruth Carter. You are meeting by the KPMG building on Rio Salado at 2:00.  See the map!

Heroes — Jeff Moriarty is directing things for your side. You are meeting on 1st and Ash (in the Monti’s Parking Lot)  See the map!

MAP: Map of Parking and Meetup Locations! <– This is the map!

WHEN TO BE THERE

Saturday, April 17th – Both Heroes and Villains need to be parked, dressed and gathered with their groups by NO LATER THAN 2:00p. We highly recommend planning on arriving at 1:45 to make sure you can find the group. If you get there early — WAIT! No rogue agents, please. As cool as it sounds… it’s not. The group is better.

THE BATTLE

The battle will take place on Mill Ave, working our way up towards the Light Rail station. We’re going to stay on public property so we don’t disrupt any of the business on Mill. No none wants to get arrested. Well, none of us trying to organize want to get arrested. YMMV.

If you’re on Facebook you can RSVP for the event here and share it with your friends!

PUB CRAWL

Our partners in this melee – AZ Cacophony – are doing a pub crawl again before the battle. This is totally optional. If you’re interested, the crawl starts at noon.

THE MOVIE

Since the movie Kick-Ass is opening that weekend, we’re going to ride the light rail in costume (fun!) and go see the movie in costume (more fun!).

We’ll take the Light Rail to the 3rd & Washington stop, then walk to the Arizona Center to see the 4:30 show (or 5:15 if we run late)

COSTUME SHOPPING MEETUP

Stuck for costume ideas?  We’re having a Costuming Meetup at Easley’s Fun Shop at 509 W McDowell Rd on Saturday, April 10th, at 11:00am. Stop on by, get costume ideas, then we’ll probably get a bite to eat for lunch afterwards.

HASHTAG

For all Flickr and Twitter references, use IMPROVAZ or ESHB10 (Epic Super Hero Battle 10).

Here’s a clip of the mayhem from last year.  Look like fun? We think so. See you on April 17th!

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