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Video: Ghostbusters Prank at NY Public Library

Posted: May 18th, 2010 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
Video: Ghostbusters Prank at NY Public LibrarySubmit Comment
People studying and working at the main reading room of the New York Public Library were shocked to see ghosts (individuals dressed in white sheets) come into the building. Soon after, four men dressed in ghostbuster outfits storm in to save the day.

The prank was done Improv Everywhere. And if you're wondering how they were allowed to walk into a NY building with sheets on their heads and props that look like weapons, it turns out that the library approached the improv group to do this.

The group said: "The library is facing serious budget cuts, and they thought having us do something awesome there might serve to remind people of how great the NYPL is. We couldn’t say no to the opportunity to do something in their gorgeous, 100 year-old Rose Main Reading Room."

Watch the video below to see how people reacted to the prank. Clearly some had no idea what was happening.

Video:


Source: /Film


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TeemSelami writes:
on May 18th, 2010 at 8:43:23 PM

comb-over grandpa is my favorite
AYT BALL writes:
on May 18th, 2010 at 9:11:47 PM

cool, good clean harmless fun, but if i saw someone in a sheet like that in a public place id probs think terrorist and get the f*ck out! lol
OneTime writes:
on May 18th, 2010 at 9:16:50 PM

it would be more gooder if the white guys in sheets chased black guys
AshTrey writes:
on May 18th, 2010 at 9:26:56 PM

lame.
Max Rockatansky Junior writes:
on May 18th, 2010 at 9:40:58 PM

"Ghostbusters" Scene (Sort of ) Reenacted at New York Landmark
by Mike Ryan · May 18, 2010
New York Public Library visitors got quite the surprise when comedy troupe, Improv Everywhere, dressed up as the "Ghostbusters" and reenacted a scene from the famed movie about a trio of down-on-their-luck guys who turn to supernatural-seeking in order to make some money. Check out the clip below:
Though the pranksters were easily recognizable in their specter-exterminating gear, it's not as clear exactly which scene they were reenacting. Regardless, there they were in the hallowed literary halls of the Library's Rose Main Reading Room, dressed as the team of supernatural slayers, chasing around actors draped in Halloween-costumey white sheets. Observers' expressions -- those who dared to peek up from their books and laptops -- ranged from giddily amused to frightened to the typical New York "seen it all" blase.
And let's be honest: This is just a video of four guys in pajamas chasing around a couple of guys wearing sheets while a knockoff version of Ray Parker Jr.'s "Ghostbusters" theme plays in the background. (Ironic, considering that the song "Ghostbusters" is, itself, allegedly, a knockoff of Huey Lewis and the News' "I Want a New Drug.") Improv Everywhere did confirm that the music playing is an original composition that they have the complete rights to (hopefully Huey Lewis agrees with them more than he agreed with Ray Parker Jr.)
Really, the idea alone of visiting the New York Public Library dressed as the Ghostbusters is what makes this appealing. And, apparently, the library thought the same thing; surprisingly, it was the library that contacted the troupe -- which is infamous for its anarchic displays in public places -- about the idea. The New York Public Library is facing massive budget cuts and hopes to raise awareness through its Don't Close the Book campaign. And this video, they hope, will help raise the awareness of the $34 million in funding that is said to be on the chopping block.
An opening scene of the 1984 comedy smash "Ghostbusters" does take place at the New York Public Library. Columbia University researchers -- Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz and Egon Spengler (aka, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis) -- are on location investigating a paranormal occurrence. The scene ends with the three future Ghostbusters fleeing down the outside steps of the library after having been chased by a quite angry ghost. Unlike the comedy troupe's version, at this point in the movie, the three researchers were not yet called the Ghostbusters and did not yet wear their now-iconic jumpsuits. Also, Winston Zeddemore, the fourth Ghostbuster, had yet to join the group.
Max Rockatansky Junior writes:
on May 18th, 2010 at 9:55:11 PM

With those white sheets on, I'm surprised some hood rat didn't pull out his 9 MM and say, " I'm gonna take me out some Klan motherf*ckers!!!!!! "
CCBlev writes:
on May 18th, 2010 at 10:06:47 PM

^ Now that woulda made my day if they did that and they posted the video of it happening.
WV-Films writes:
on May 18th, 2010 at 10:52:53 PM

It's kinda awkward to watch. You ever watch a video and feel embarrassed for the person in it? This is a good example of that.
Blank x2 writes:
on May 18th, 2010 at 11:08:30 PM

LoL. Is that Karl Malone in the pic?
Jerry Garcia87 writes:
on May 18th, 2010 at 11:11:32 PM

Haha f*cking lame, if I had been there I'd probably wouldve been stoned and I wouldve just lost it hahaha wow
Ranger writes:
on May 18th, 2010 at 11:29:58 PM

1. Can't catch ghosts if you don't bring the traps.

2. The black Ghostbuster would have caught up to all 3 (white) ghosts in no time.

3. To the hotness that took off her black hoody on the video, if you're reading this... call me! BA-BOING!

4. And what the hell was Andy Warhol doing at the library... isn't he busy being dead?!
greed71 writes:
on May 19th, 2010 at 1:15:39 AM

true dat, plus any REAL white ghost would have trip'd fallen down, looked back with stupid face , then repeat like most white woman in a horror flick.....it started with Barrymore..........that bi*ch
encoreyourface writes:
on May 19th, 2010 at 1:56:32 AM

OneTime-LOL!!!!


was the black dude Eddie Murphy? i knew he was doing some sh*tty films but damn this a new low ...
Gates writes:
on May 19th, 2010 at 1:59:31 AM

Would have been great if the original cast did that and it could the video could have done without the cheesy ghostbuster's theme techo/hannah montana/jonas brother's remix.
MattMcaskill writes:
on May 19th, 2010 at 1:59:53 AM

RANGER you make my day everytime you decide to grace the pages of this site with your comments. thank you for your wit a comedic timing. hahaha keep it up the good work!
encoreyourface writes:
on May 19th, 2010 at 2:08:43 AM

thank you for complimenting Ranger, it's about time somebody came on here BESIDES to bash him and the rest of us ...
encoreyourface writes:
on May 19th, 2010 at 2:09:47 AM

that sounds sort of weird thanking somebody for complimenting someone else .. ah f*ck it.
jigsaw23 writes:
on May 19th, 2010 at 3:04:01 AM

cool and lame
Ranger writes:
on May 19th, 2010 at 3:37:47 AM

Thx. Matt... thx. Encore.
Ranger writes:
on May 19th, 2010 at 3:41:32 AM

I don't know why I thought of this video on, when I saw this Ghostbuster one... no idea. They're not related in the slightest... but found it entertaining when someone sent it to me a long time ago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EYAUazLI9k

I guess because it too catches the public off guard.
AYT BALL writes:
on May 19th, 2010 at 5:14:21 AM

i love you all! and Ranger, maybe they were there for warhol?
ikleesdekrant writes:
on May 19th, 2010 at 7:39:27 AM

That wasn't funny. At all. 3 dudes in white sheets and four ghostbuster look-a-likes in a library.. Big f*ckin' whoop.
darthraige writes:
on May 19th, 2010 at 9:33:21 AM

Could have been so much better with effects added and if the GB's wore f*cking boots and not sneakers.
encoreyourface writes:
on May 19th, 2010 at 4:47:19 PM

That was better than GB 2!
Ranger writes:
on May 19th, 2010 at 7:04:08 PM

So is food poisoning.

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