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TED in the Field

TED staff: It's TED, the Musical

April 1, 2014

Do you have a TED Talk inside, just bursting to come out? Take this tongue-in-cheek musical journey to “Give Your Talk.” A musical love letter to our speakers -- written, directed and performed by the TED staff.

The TED Staff - Amateur musicians
With TED-Ed communicator Emilie Soffe as the leading lady, the TED staff puts on a show. Full bio

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Daffodil Hudson: Hello?
00:10
Yeah, this is she.
00:11
What?
00:15
Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, of course I accept.
00:17
What are the dates again?
00:22
Pen. Pen. Pen.
00:24
March 17 through 21.
00:27
Okay, all right, great. Thanks.
00:30
Lab Partner: Who was that?
00:36
DH: It was TED.
00:37
LP: Who's TED?
00:39
DH: I've got to prepare.
00:41
["Give Your Talk: A Musical"]
(Music)
00:42
["My Talk"]
00:50
♪ Procrastination. ♪
00:58
What do you think?
01:02
(Doorbell)
01:10
Can I help you?
01:15
(Music)
01:18
Speaker Coach 1: ♪ Let's prepare for main stage. ♪
01:25
♪ It's your time to shine. ♪
01:28
♪ If you want to succeed then ♪
01:32
♪ you must be primed. ♪
01:34
Speaker Coach 2: ♪ Your slides are bad ♪
01:39
♪ but your idea is good ♪
01:40
♪ so you can bet before we're through, ♪
01:42
♪ speaker, we'll make a TED Talk out of you. ♪
01:45
Speaker Coach 3: ♪ We know about climate change, ♪
01:53
♪ but what can you say that's new? ♪
01:56
♪ SC 1: Once you find your focus ♪
02:00
♪ then the talk comes into view. ♪
02:03
SC 2: ♪ Don't ever try to sell something ♪
02:07
♪ from up on that stage ♪
02:09
♪ or we won't post your talk online. ♪
02:11
All: ♪ Somehow we'll make a TED Talk out of you. ♪
02:13
(Music)
02:18
SC 1: Ready to practice one more time?
02:37
DH: Right now?
02:38
Stagehand: Break a leg.
02:40
DH: ♪ I'll never remember all this. ♪
02:43
♪ Will the clicker work when I press it? ♪
02:44
♪ Why must Al Gore go right before me? ♪
02:46
♪ Oh man, I'm scared to death. ♪
02:49
♪ I hope I don't pass out onstage ♪
02:51
♪ and now I really wish I wasn't wearing green. ♪
02:52
All: ♪ Give your talk. ♪
02:57
SC 1: ♪ You must be be sweet like Brené Brown. ♪
02:59
All: ♪ Give your talk. ♪
03:01
SC 2: ♪ You must be funny like Ken Robinson. ♪
03:02
All: ♪ Give your talk. ♪
03:04
SC 3: ♪ You must be cool like Reggie Watts ♪
03:06
All: ♪ and bring out a prop like Jill Bolte Taylor. ♪
03:08
DH: ♪ My time is running over. The clock now says nil. ♪
03:13
♪ I'm saying my words faster. Understand me still. ♪
03:16
♪ I'm too nervous to give this TED Talk. ♪
03:21
All: ♪ Don't give up. Rehearse. You're good. ♪
03:23
♪ We'll edit out the mistakes that you make. ♪
03:25
♪ Give your talk. ♪
03:30
DH: ♪ I will be big like Amy Cuddy. ♪
03:32
All: ♪ Give your talk. ♪
03:34
DH: ♪ I will inspire like Liz Gilbert. ♪
03:35
All: ♪ Give your talk. ♪
03:38
DH: ♪ I will engage like Hans Rosling ♪
03:39
♪ and release mosquitos ♪
03:41
♪ like Bill Gates. ♪
03:44
SC 2: ♪ I'll make a TED Talk out of you. ♪
03:51
♪ I'll make a TED Talk out of you. ♪
03:54
♪ I'll make a TED Talk out of you. ♪
03:57
♪ I'll make a TED Talk out of you. ♪
04:01
♪ I'll make a TED Talk out of you. ♪
04:04
(Applause)
04:11
["Brought to you by TED staff and friends"]
04:16
(Music)
04:20

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The TED Staff - Amateur musicians
With TED-Ed communicator Emilie Soffe as the leading lady, the TED staff puts on a show.

Why you should listen

If anyone tells you you're not going to use that theater degree in real life ... watch the staff of TED prove you wrong. Staffers from all over the company -- TEDx, TED-Ed, the TED Prize and more -- and some friends, paying tribute to our beloved speakers.

Cast

Daffodil Hudson, the speaker: Emilie Soffe
Lab Partner: Jordan Reeves
Speaker Coaches: Susan Zimmerman, David Webber, Taneesha "TJ" Jordan
Dancing Speakers: Thu-Huong Ha, Samantha Kelly, Jordan Reeves, ChiHong Yim
Stagehands: Jessica Ruby, Aaron Weyenberg, Martha Estafanos, Lara Press, Boian Filev
Dancing Speaker Heads: Brené Brown, Sir Ken Robinson, Reggie Watts, Jill Bolte Taylor, Amy Cuddy, Elizabeth Gilbert, Hans Rosling, Bill Gates

Crew
Lyrics: Samantha Kelly
Music: Mark T Evans
Choreographer: Ryan Migge
Director of Photography: James Lee Phelan
Gaffer/Grip: Kim Spurlock
Assistant Camera: David Russo
Makeup and Hair: Tiffany Bartok
Prop Stylist: Angel Favorite
Xacto King: JC Cheng

Director + Editor: Angela Cheng
Producer: Roxanne Hai Lash
Assistant Producer: Anyssa Samari
Sound Engineer: Matthew Polis

Special Thanks
Ryan Lash
Corey Mohr
Francil Richards
Dian Lofton
Eric Mueller
Oliver Medvedik
James Patten
Keeko the Dog
Genspace
Hand Held Films
AbelCine
Mulan
the nice guy who helped us load the truck

The original video is available on TED.com
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