Modern day Edward Lears have extended the art of absurdity beyond language and image. In his TED Bloomington presentation, Charlie Todd shares perspective and examples of shared absurdity – like ‘No Pants subway Ride’ and ‘Look Up More’ – which are as artistic as they entrepreneurial…

  • “So I’d say over the years, one of the most common criticisms I see of Improv Everywhere left anonymously on YouTube comments is: "These people have too much time on their hands." And you know, not everybody’s going to like everything you do, and I’ve certainly developed a thick skin thanks to Internet comments, but that one’s always bothered me, because we don’t have too much time on our hands. The participants at Improv Everywhere events have just as much leisure time as any other New Yorkers, they just occasionally choose to spend it in an unusual way…You know, as kids, we’re taught to play. And we’re never given a reason why we should play. It’s just acceptable that play is a good thing. And I think that’s sort of the point of Improv Everywhere. It’s that there is no point and that there doesn’t have to be a point. We don’t need a reason. As long as it’s fun and it seems like it’s going to be a funny idea and it seems like the people who witness it will also have a fun time, then that’s enough for us. And I think, as adults, we need to learn that there’s no right or wrong way to play.”

Embracing the failure to have a point. Evokes the lessons of another TED talk, ‘Tinkering and Decorating’.

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