Monday, April 23, 2007

Lecture Hall Singer Worried About Copycats

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – In the wake of the Virginia Tech shootings, universities across the country are bracing themselves for copycats, but no one is worried about copycat singers.

That is, except for a group of pranksters who call themselves “Prangstgrup,” that has garnered a cult following on YouTube for a video called “Teach.

In the video, group member Mike Barry raises his hand during a real-life chemistry class at Columbia University, and breaks out in an elaborate Broadway-style musical number in front of his surprised and unsuspecting classmates.

Barry claims he’s only interrupted one classroom in the name of musical theater, but now says he’s noticing tons of copycats are appearing online.

Says Barry: “It’s crazy – so many people have tried their own version of the prank.”

Although he realizes college students across the U.S. are on edge right now, he feels “responsible pranks” like his will help “people heal during this dark time.”

As he puts it, “There’s gotta be a way to start the healing process and what better way then through laughter?”

He continues: “Laughter really is the best medicine.”

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