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The Wonderfully Weird Bus Tour For Joss Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing"

The cast of the Shakespeare adaptation piled into a tour bus to travel from L.A. to the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. Things got... interesting. (UPDATED!)

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On the afternoon of Thursday, March 7, Joss Whedon and much of the cast of his black-and-white feature film adaptation of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing packed into a tour bus for the roughly 24 hour trip from Los Angeles to the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. The crazy, kooky bus ride all came together after a few of the lesser-known castmates began trying to figure out how they were going to attend the film's U.S. premiere on Sat., March 9 at SXSW (Full disclosure: I'll be moderating a panel discussion with Whedon and his actors after the premiere). Once distributors Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate got on board with the notion of a bus tour, things snowballed. They called it "Bus Ado About Nothing."

With all that time cooped up in a tight space, life got a bit weird en route to Austin. Thanks to Twitter, Instagram, and Vine, the journey has been thoroughly documented for our enjoyment. (Note: When this was first posted, the passengers — including Whedon and actors Tom Lenk, Fran Kranz, Spencer Treat Clark, Jillian Morgese, Ashley Johnson, Nick Kocher, and Brian McElhaney — were still on the road. But it has since been UPDATED with their complete journey.)

It began with Joss Whedon's highly anticipated Twitter debut.

Hey it's Joss. I'm tweeting. I'm a member of the twitterati. I hath tweeth'd. It's on. -Joss

Hey it's Joss. I'm tweeting. I'm a member of the twitterati. I hath tweeth'd. It's on.

-Joss-- MuchAdoFilm

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Though there were portents of doom.

The start of a horror film. http://t.co/kTVvGc3E8X

The start of a horror film. http://t.co/kTVvGc3E8X-- Fran Kranz

Quickly, people began to get restless.

This #MuchAdosxsw bus ride is getting boring. @MuchAdoFilm http://t.co/0jtF9aSR8q

This #MuchAdosxsw bus ride is getting boring. @MuchAdoFilm http://t.co/0jtF9aSR8q-- Ashley Johnson

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Meet the incredibly vocally trained cast of 'Bus Ado About Nothing'! #muchadosxsw http://t.co/BporjUL94k

Meet the incredibly vocally trained cast of 'Bus Ado About Nothing'! #muchadosxsw http://t.co/BporjUL94k-- Nick Kocher

Joss here. NO WAY this trip turns into a French farce. @JillianMorgese@TheVulcanSalute@BJMcElhaney@SpencerTClark http://t.co/KwEYUqYIxX

Joss here. NO WAY this trip turns into a French farce. @JillianMorgese@TheVulcanSalute@BJMcElhaney@SpencerTClark http://t.co/KwEYUqYIxX-- MuchAdoFilm

Others began to experiment with social media.

I'm learning how to use Vine. Not very good yet. http://t.co/V7CJoCAYk9

I'm learning how to use Vine. Not very good yet. http://t.co/V7CJoCAYk9-- Brian McElhaney

#dancepants http://t.co/piP1oGbYrg

#dancepants http://t.co/piP1oGbYrg-- Tom Lenk

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For everyone wanting more BriTANicK sketches, get ready for a slew of terrible 6 second ones. #muchadosxsw http://t.co/ecNtwe4zph

For everyone wanting more BriTANicK sketches, get ready for a slew of terrible 6 second ones. #muchadosxsw http://t.co/ecNtwe4zph-- Nick Kocher

Whedon, meanwhile, went about proving his presence on Twitter, and also challenging the grammar status quo.

Some questions as to the veracity of my tweety identity. PROOF, Doubting Thomi! (Pllural of thomas. Work with me.) http://t.co/2WqNkogmQS

Some questions as to the veracity of my tweety identity. PROOF, Doubting Thomi! (Pllural of thomas. Work with me.) http://t.co/2WqNkogmQS-- MuchAdoFilm

At one point, some lucky passer-by received either one of geekdom's currently most coveted prizes, or a bunch of bare asses.

Find our bus on the highway and you'll win either a) All of us flashing you or b) Joss casting you as Ant Man in Avengers 2. #muchadosxsw

Find our bus on the highway and you'll win either a) All of us flashing you or b) Joss casting you as Ant Man in Avengers 2. #muchadosxsw-- Nick Kocher

As the evening stretched into the wee hours, things began to get a bit... magical...

The new 6-second BriTANicK sketch! "Magic Trick"! #busado #Muchadosxsw http://t.co/oCYKjjB1w4

The new 6-second BriTANicK sketch! "Magic Trick"! #busado #Muchadosxsw http://t.co/oCYKjjB1w4-- Brian McElhaney

Magic Trick 2. #busado #muchadosxsw http://t.co/8vuxnMD8fg

Magic Trick 2. #busado #muchadosxsw http://t.co/8vuxnMD8fg-- Nick Kocher

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The epic conclusion to the Magic Trick Triology. #muchadosxsw http://t.co/sL5qnUpV81

The epic conclusion to the Magic Trick Triology. #muchadosxsw http://t.co/sL5qnUpV81-- Nick Kocher

In the morning, they had pancakes!

Fort Stockton. We survived the night, but two of us switched bodies and Nick became something sad. http://t.co/4IRvreNsF1

Fort Stockton. We survived the night, but two of us switched bodies and Nick became something sad. http://t.co/4IRvreNsF1-- MuchAdoFilm

Things got real.

@NickKocher getting real at the international house of pancakes. @muchadofilm approves. #busado #muchadosxsw http://t.co/KI7Yh4ZPvt

@NickKocher getting real at the international house of pancakes. @muchadofilm approves. #busado #muchadosxsw http://t.co/KI7Yh4ZPvt-- Spencer Treat Clark

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And love was in the air.

A short film I wrote entitled "IHOP love." #muchadosxsw #ihop #cinema http://t.co/5NETzJlXCP

A short film I wrote entitled "IHOP love." #muchadosxsw #ihop #cinema http://t.co/5NETzJlXCP-- Tom Lenk

There was a dance party.

Brief dance party. #muchadosxsw @muchadofilm http://t.co/9ZUlK9rf4v

Brief dance party. #muchadosxsw @muchadofilm http://t.co/9ZUlK9rf4v-- Nick Kocher

And Fran Kranz was admired by Tom Lenk.

Fran is admired. #muchadosxsw @muchadofilm http://t.co/ys8f7Rjqnf

Fran is admired. #muchadosxsw @muchadofilm http://t.co/ys8f7Rjqnf-- Nick Kocher

But when they started to get cabin fever…

Cabin fever. This may turn into a murder bus. http://t.co/FL8SY31O2y

Cabin fever. This may turn into a murder bus. http://t.co/FL8SY31O2y-- Ashley Johnson

...things did indeed turn dark.

Fran gets an idea. #muchadosxsw @muchadofilm http://t.co/Lz8vYDLKpx

Fran gets an idea. #muchadosxsw @muchadofilm http://t.co/Lz8vYDLKpx-- Nick Kocher

Nick's attempt to embrace a month-old meme backfired...

Nick tries to be topical. #muchadosxsw @muchadofilm http://t.co/5DMxPOrCCa

Nick tries to be topical. #muchadosxsw @muchadofilm http://t.co/5DMxPOrCCa-- Nick Kocher

...until it didn't.

"SHIT! We should have called it the 'Harlem Shake-speare'!" - Joss #muchadosxsw @MuchAdoFilm http://t.co/Acgpp6BAb3

"SHIT! We should have called it the 'Harlem Shake-speare'!" - Joss #muchadosxsw @MuchAdoFilm http://t.co/Acgpp6BAb3-- Nick Kocher

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