Improv Everywhere pulled off the ultimate Christmas miracle by showing up at a house in New Jersey and caroling for a very surprised and excited family.
The guerrilla comedy group wasn't about to perform your average set of carols, though; it showed up with a 20-person brass orchestra and 13-member choir.
Improv Everywhere's Charlie Todd explained he had always wanted to do something like this, so when Target asked the group if it could sponsor a holiday video, it was a no-brainer. The gesture wasn't quite as random as it seemed, though.
"My original idea was to stage this guerrilla style, actually showing up at random houses, ringing the doorbell, and seeing what happens," Todd explained in a post on the Improv Everywhere website.
He quickly realized that wasn't the best way to go about it, though.
"What if no one was home? What if the family doesn’t celebrate Christmas? There were just too many variables to be able to go up to a random house, especially when you’re going to all the trouble to transport a 39-person cast to New Jersey."
Instead, those involved rented out a house in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, and had five moms tell their families they were going there for a family photo. The moms knew they were in for a surprise, but they didn't know what it was. Throughout course of the night, Improv Everywhere surprised a total of five families.
We think it's safe to say they're officially in the holiday spirit -- big-time.
With a slogan like "We cause scenes," it comes as no surprise that this is hardly Improv Everywhere's first time eliciting shocked reactions. The group is famous for its 2008 "Frozen Grand Central" stint and has been staging a "No Pants Subway Ride" annually since 2002.