Improv Everywhere group stages stunt to get New Yorkers to ‘Say Something Nice’

Nadine Bells
Good NewsAugust 24, 2011

Fast-talking, fast-walking New Yorkers don't necessarily have the friendliest of reputations. Improv Everywhere challenged Big Apple residents to slow down and say something nice.

"We wanted to see what would happen if New Yorkers were given the opportunity to amplify their voices to 'say something nice.'"

In the middle of Union Square, Improv Everywhere, the "prank collective that causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places," set up a wooden podium and megaphone. "Say something nice" were the only instructions left to strangers passing by.

A brave few stepped up.

NewsFeed reports:

"There were sentiments of love and birthday wishes proclaimed to the masses, niceties shouted to friends and strangers, and even an a capella group that shared their comments in song. Dozens of people shouted something nice through the megaphone in the half hour it rested in Union Square before it was moved to two other locations."