Save The Date: No Pants! 2009

No Pants

UPDATE: New York Details / Details for Other Cities

The 8th Annual No Pants! Subway Ride will take place on Saturday, January 10 in New York City. More info with the meeting point and start time will be posted to this site in early January. For now, save the date. Like last year, we’re encouraging folks in other cities around the world to stage their own No Pants rides on the same day.

If you would like to commit to organizing a ride in your city, first check to see if your city has an active group on the Urban Prankster Network already organizing a ride. Anyone organizing a No Pants event should let us know by leaving a comment on this post. In a few weeks we will publish a list of all participating cities along with links to details, Facebook events, etc.

Below is a short history of the No Pants! Subway Ride from its inception in 2002 to today.

No Pants 2002

The first ride included 7 participants, all male. One participant entered the train pantless for 7 consecutive stops. They pretended not to notice each other, and if asked claimed that they “just forgot” their pants. On the 8th stop, someone came through with a duffle bag selling pants for $1. No photographs were taken, but the above video was captured with our single a hidden camera.

No Pants 2003

No Pants 2003

The second No Pants had around 30 participants, including a few women. A few people played characters for the first time– businessmen, tourists, etc. The conductor noticed what was going on and shouted over the PA, “This train is not a playground.” The video has never been put online. Maybe one day.

No Pants 2004

No Pants 2004

The third No Pants was filmed by ABC News 20/20 for a segment they were doing on Improv Everywhere which never aired. We foolishly didn’t film it with our own cameras, so there’s no video. Bill Ritter, a 20/20 correspondent, rode the train with us but elected to keep his pants on. About 40 people participated.

No Pants 2005

No Pants 2005

The fourth No Pants was filmed by This American Life for their Showtime television show. The segment on Improv Everywhere aired as part of their pilot episode, but almost all of the No Pants footage was cut from the piece. Once again we foolishly didn’t film it ourselves. Around 50 people participated.

No Pants 2006

The fifth annual No Pants ride was abruptly halted by a cop. All passengers, including those not participating, were forced to exit the train as it was taken out of service. 8 people were handcuffed in their underwear and taken into custody. A month later a judge dismissed all of the charges. It is not illegal to wear your underwear in public in New York City. Just ask the Naked Cowboy. The incident was reported by news agencies around the world. David Letterman made two monologue jokes about it and staged a No Pants Cab Ride as a parody. Keith Olbermann interviewed Agent Todd about the legality of No Pants. Around 150 people participated in the ride.

No Pants 2007

In sharp contrast to the year before, the sixth annual No Pants went off without a hitch. 300 people participated on what was a particularly mild January day. Three police officers showed up at our meeting point, but they informed us they were only there to make sure everyone had a good time. We dropped the “pants seller” bit this year after too many people lost their pants in 2006. Instead, participants hid their pants in a backpack. People of all colors, shapes, sizes, and ages came out this year.

No Pants 2008

The seventh annual No Pants ride had 900 participants in New York, and another 1,000 or so in 9 additional cities around the world. In New York we had to use three separate train lines to accommodate the crowd. For the first time there were at least as many women as men. Rides took place in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Portland, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Toronto, Washington DC, and even Adelaide, Australia.

No Pants 2009 will take place on January 10, 2009 in New York and an unknown number of cities around the world.

New York Details

Other Cities Details

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43 Responses to Save The Date: No Pants! 2009

  1. pascal says:

    did nobody wear some olden style bloomers for underwear?

  2. alex says:

    i’ve been waiting for you guys to post a date for no pants day this year. i’m looking forward to another fun, successful no pants day this year =]

  3. Our Lisbon group, ImprovLisboa, wants to take part in the No Pants! day.

    We haven’t mentioned it yet on our page on the Urban Prankster Network, but we will soon.

    So we’re eager for news, and maybe some guidelines you can give us so everything runs smoothly.

    Cheers!
    Agent Somos

  4. Charlie Todd says:

    @Francisco,

    There are no real guidelines. Just read our mission reports on all the past No Pants to see how we’ve organized it over the years. If you have any specific questions feel free to ask them here. It would be great to have a Portuguese ride this year!

  5. Charlie,

    Yeah, I’ve been reading the earlier ones, which have more info. I will, thanks. And we will most certainly have a Portuguese ride!

  6. Cole says:

    The Toronto group will definitly be doing the No Pants Subway ride!

  7. Phoenix, Arizona is launching their light rail system at the end of the year, so this is perfect! Anyone who wants to get involved in Phoenix, check in here: http://improveverywhere.ning.com/group/phoenixarizona/forum/topics/no-pants-day-in-phoenix

  8. James Cobalt says:

    Boston, naturally is in
    http://www.BostonSOS.org

    I’ll send out an email blast to our members on Christmas-Eve

  9. Nick Morris says:

    Adelaide, Australia is in once again. The Facebook event is here: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/event.php?eid=50241508967 details will also be going up on our website sometime soon: http://www.adelaideflashmob.com

    Cheers

    Nick

  10. Plan B MN says:

    Plan B is in!!!

    We can’t wait for this one!!!

    -Scott Nelson
    Plan B Minnesota

  11. Ms. Herr says:

    Phoenix is definitely in! I’m teaming with Jeff Moriarty to line up promotion, participation, and documentation. :)

    Jeff’s link above didn’t work, but there are two places you can go for information on the Phoenix event.
    1) http://improveverywhere.ning.com/group/phoenixarizona/forum/topics/no-pants-day-2009-in-phoenix
    2) http://mercilessflirt.com/post/65411433/cmon-n-ride-it-no-pants-on-the-phoenix-light-rail

  12. owen says:

    2009 and beyond!! great job guys and girls. now lets see 2009 top 2008′s video.

  13. (Where’d my comment go?)

    The Netherlands is in! Shoqs will be participating in No Pants! 2k9. Dutch “Shoqers” please register here: http://www.shoqs.nl/doe-mee/

    Details will be emailed to all enlisted Shoqers.

    ~AltijdAndries

    Shoqs – http://www.shoqs.nl

  14. carito ardila says:

    can’t wait for no pants day!!!! :P i just wanna know where is the after party?? lol! :P buena vibra para todos.. ciao
    -CARITO

  15. Ben Wilner says:

    LA is in! Everyone interested, please help us plan it.
    Check out our post at http://improveverywhere.ning.com/group/losangeles.

  16. John says:

    Is there anything for SF?

  17. Sarah says:

    Hi..

    I might go.. is it ok if i wear short shorts?

    - Sarah