Improbable Research Collection #121

Improbable Research Collection #121

Here’s the new episode — #121, “Big Bank Opera Rehearsal, Act 1” — of the Improbable Research TV series.

The episode depicts an early rehearsal of Act 1 of “The Big Bank Opera”, in which stylish bankers in a swanky Wall Street bar explain the explosive rise and fall of big banking and big bankers.

This mini-opera has music by L.v. Beethoven & G. Rossini, and words by Marc Abrahams.

Starring Maria Ferrante and Ben Sears, and Branden Grimmett, it premieres October 1, 2009 as part of the 2009 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, at Sanders Theatre, Harvard University. It will be webcast live at

(This rehearsal happened at the home of Nobel Prize winner (Chemistry 1976) William Lipscomb. Professor Lipscomb will play a supporting role on stage in the premiere.)

To see this episode, click on the image at right, and you will be whisked to YouTube (where you can subscribe, if you like, to the Improbable Research channel).