Ian Charnas

Talking Backpack


Visitors to a Cleveland, Ohio nature preserve were surprised to meet a talking backpack on a park bench.  In this socially-distant “Comedian on the Street” a local comedian operated the backpack via remote control to have fun with park goers.

The backpack is a fan-art replica of a character from the popular Netflix comedy, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. After the video for this project went live, the replica backpack was raffled off to raise money for Guardian Group – a non-profit dedicated to fighting human trafficking.

My role in this project

I contributed the animatronics for the talking bookbag, which was sewn by Jessica Sheeran – a talented textiles artist with a jaw-dropping Etsy store, and operated by comedian Sam Dee.


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