World's Largest Flashmob

Are you familiar with “The Carlton”, the swingin’, geeked-out dance that the character Carlton (played by Alfonso Ribeiro) from 90s TV show “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” performed against the backdrop to Tom Jones’ song “It’s Not Unusual”? No? Then get ready- because you’re going to see it this weekend at the world’s largest flashmob.

I love me a good flashmob – the spontaneity, the confused looks of on-lookers, the joy and mischievousness of the participants. And, although I never really watched Fresh Prince, I know “The Carlton” was the funniest thing about the show. How genius to bring them both together.

According to organizers, hundreds of cities in the U.S. and Canada will be playing host to the flashmob, including our very own San Francisco. It’ll be interesting to see if all these mobs can actually pull it off; as spontaneous as they may seem, they can take weeks if not months of coordination and rehearsals and are heavily planned. If this is going to be dubbed the “world’s largest flashmob” they better bring it.

The event is in conjunction with a fitness program called Body by Vi, which I still can’t figure out.

If you want to jump on the bandwagon and learn the dance, here it is:


World’s Largest Flashmob, SF Location

SF Cable Car Turn Around – Market and Powell

Saturday, April 21, 12 noon, sharp

NOTE: To participate, you’ll need to get there at least 15 minutes early


  1. “The Carlton” is not the funniest thing about that show, it’s the karaoke of the theme song. Duh


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