Charlie Todd

Founder, Improv Everywhere


Charlie Todd is the founder of Improv Everywhere, producing and directing the group’s work for over fifteen years.

Improv Everywhere is a New York City-based comedy collective that stages unexpected performances in public places. The group aims to surprise and delight random strangers through positive pranks, or “missions.” Highlights include making time stop at Grand Central Terminal, surprising a Best Buy with 100 extra employees, and letting random strangers conduct a world class orchestra in the middle of Manhattan.

The projects Charlie has directed for Improv Everywhere have received over 400 million lifetime views on YouTube. More than 100 individual videos have view counts over a million, having been shared around the world and featured in mainstream media outlets like the Today show, Good Morning America, and The New York Times.

Charlie also works as a television producer, serving as creator and executive producer for Improv Everywhere’s television pilot for NBC, and more recently as executive producer for MTV’s late night comedy, The Middle of the Night Show. Charlie is a long-time performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City. He is the author of Causing a Scene, a book about Improv Everywhere published by Harper Collins. He is also the subject of the documentary We Cause Scenes. Charlie lives in Manhattan with his wife Cody Lindquist and their son.

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