Remember when the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s Ed Holmes (best-known for playing a spot-on Dick Cheney in a couple of the troupe’s summer productions) told us that he was going to mosey on over to Harold Camping’s studio with some like-minded atheists on May 21, so he could release balloon animals into the air in a burlesque of Camping’s predicted Rapture?

Well, true to his word, he did just that yesterday, and made international news to boot. The UK’s Telegraph newspaper has put up a video of the circus outside Family Radio when the prognosticated cataclysm that the Christian broadcaster has been predicting on radio and in billboards all over the world refused to occur. Holmes is featured prominently; take a look:

Video: Mime Troupe’s Ed Holmes Releases Balloon Animals Outside Camping’s Family Radio 22 May,2011Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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