Ruining the Suits

Tonight, the two leading pranksters of the Yes Men, Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, appear for a discussion in a space usually reserved for deep thinkers from political, environmental, and sociological realms — the intelligentsia. Everybody is on high alert, obviously. You can question the pair, but it’ll probably go something like this: “How do we know you’re the Yes Men?” “You don’t.” “Should we believe you’re the Yes Men?” “I wouldn’t.” Or you can just be on a hair trigger, sensitive to every nuance and pause, judging the level of absurdity in every word and gesture. But that sounds exhausting, frankly. Much better to sit back, take it all in (these guys impersonated Canada, the country, at Copenhagen’s climate conference, after all), and if it all goes wrong in the end — or a few hours later on YouTube — take comfort in the fact that you got fooled by the best.
Tue., April 27, 7:30 p.m., 2010

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