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The latest in-flight entertainment from Virgin Airlines: Improv comedy
More novel ideas from the airline that serves ice cubes in the shape of Richard Branson's face
 
Improv comedy + confined spaces = terrifying, indeed.
Improv comedy + confined spaces = terrifying, indeed. AP Photo/Brian Kersey

Virgin Atlantic's creative team has said "yes" to some novel ideas over the years.

Last spring, the airline started using "Little Richard" ice cubes in cocktails on upper-class flights — that is, ice cubes made in the mold of Richard Branson's face. "While Richard would love to be able to sit and enjoy a drink with passengers, his schedule means that it simply isn't possible," Virgin's chief executive, Steve Ridgway, said at the time.

Now the company is bringing its off-beat amenities to Virgin Atlantic Little Red, the domestic carrier for the U.K. that was launched in March. The airline announced this week that certain flights from London to Edinburgh and Manchester will feature "in-flight gigs," meaning live music and improv comedy acts performed in the aisles.

Correction: Surprise live music and improv comedy acts. The airline will not divulge ahead of time which flights will feature shows, says Fast Company. The only scheduling information available is that comedy will be in August, music in September, and that the performers will be culled from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the world's largest arts festival.

CNN's Frances Cha isn't jumping to buy tickets. "We don't want to appear too cynical — anything that might make the chore of air travel better is worth trying — but in-aisle comedians?"

"For those of us who like to switch off, tune out and watch a movie or read a book on board, this could prove one laugh too far," says Cha.

Fast Company agrees: "We're guessing that business travelers, improv comedy, and a confined environment will be a volatile mixture, but that's just us."

 
Carmel Lobello is the business editor at TheWeek.com. Previously, she was an editor at DeathandTaxesMag.com.

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