No Underwear: Uncensored

(Watch No Underwear Subway Ride Uncensored in HD on YouTube)
Produced by Charlie Todd and Matt Adams / music by Tyler Walker

For April Fool’s Day this year, we uploaded a new video that made it look like we had staged a No Underwear Subway Ride (in the tradition of our annual No Pants Subway Ride event.) The video was a hoax. Although we claimed that 1,000 people had exposed their genitals on the train, we actually just filmed 20 actors wearing skin-colored underwear, and then pixelated the footage to make them look naked. The “uncensored” version of the video embedded above will show you what we actually looked like.

Playboy falls for the hoax

We were pretty surprised at how many people actually fell for it. We saw several major news blogs around the world reporting it as fact. I think most folks who fell for it assumed that it was an April Fool’s joke on the people riding the train, not on them. We post prank videos year-round, so for April Fool’s Day we like to change things up and try to fool our online audience. Last year we acted like we had staged a prank at a funeral.

Filming the beginning of the video in an empty park with Agent Adams

The real mission briefing

Agents arrived at the meeting point wearing two pairs of underwear. One regular and one skin-colored pair underneath. A few of the agents gave us staged reactions for the video, posing as regular train riders. Of course, we were still walking around the train in our underpants, so we got plenty of reactions from actual strangers as well.

Agent Haskel did an excellent job pixelating the video, and Agent Gross did some great color-correcting for the agents whose underwear didn’t quite match their skin tone. Agents Nicholson and Sokoler expertly pixelated their photos for the mission report.

For reference, here is the original hoax video:

(Watch No Underwear Subway Ride in HD on YouTube)
edited by Matt Adams with Keith Haskel and George Gross / song by Tyler Walker



66 thoughts on “No Underwear: Uncensored

  1. Wow you had me completely fooled! I kept thinking about how nasty that would be, sitting on those sitting on those seats and I had vowed never to ride/sit down on the subway again. Great prank! :)

  2. This enters my shortlist of favourite IE’s prank. Two thumbs up! (I actually fell for it the first time) :-)

  3. Those comments sure were something, haha. I’m amzed how many people were fooled this year, especially after how they got us all last year.

  4. way to go guys…. really a winner with this one. I’m way up here in quebec canada, and i saw this on the news except they seemed to think the prank was that you got naked for real. you rock!

  5. I Completely fell for it! And here I was going around, proud of myself for not falling for an April Fool’s pranks this year. Excellent job on knocking my arrogance down a few pegs. ;)

  6. I’m so relieved! I was afraid to get on the subway with my daughter.

  7. It was hilarious to read the really, really offended comments! Great prank.

  8. Absolutely hilarious. I loved it, and I have to admit that I did fall for it the first time. It took me quite a while. Here I was in New Zealand thinking that American people had truly gome mad. Thanks for the laugh.

  9. I came in late to last year’s funeral and only got to see the effects to the “behind the scenes” post. This year I remembered to come check out what was up and I was SO thrilled to see this. You guys come up with some of the best pranks on pranksters. I look forward to all your real pranks, but this is such a nice treat every year to see what you come up with and see how many people fall for it!

    Thanks for all your hard work!

  10. As funny as this one was, it saddens me. I teach elementary school and have taken my classes to your site to inspire them to set up their own Improvs. IMpromptu weddings, valets in the bathroom, Food Court musicals, subway art museums were PERFECT for them to browse. This one…not so much. Guess we will have to set up our own – more age appropriate – site. Sigh.

    1. I’m sorry, I missed the notice on this site which said it was for kids.

      The whole world is not going to be set up for children. Deal with it. Take them to the parts of this site which they can see, and don’t take them to the parts you think are inappropriate. Problem solved.

    2. Isn’t this ENCOURAGING the kids to do pranks?

      Hmmm… Come think of it… It’s perfect!


  11. I noticed (but was not really surprised) that only the women had skin-colored underpants. I guess there is no market for skin-colored underwear for men?

  12. Sorry — is Lyn (above) still fooled? Can’t tell exactly…but god, I hope so.

  13. Your videos are insane, but of course always better than the previous. I enjoyed it very much. Would love to part of your next project.

  14. I want to talk to the management. All this is too sophomoric to be true. Even the no-pants events are a step down from, for instance, the lovely, and smart, Mobius Knot Action a couple of years ago in a Starbucks. Please do not dumb down Improv Everywhere.

  15. It was interesting to read the reactions of so many… well thought, planned and executed… BRAVO…

  16. I don’t care if it was fake. I am still ashamed to call myself a human being for being in the same species with you IE…not nice…foolers! Yeah! After making me pleasure myself while crying in embarrassment at my own impure thoughts while watching the first video, NOW I find out it’s not even as dirty and wrong as I secretly wanted??? My inner demons are considering a lawsuit. It will be for 50 bajillion dollars too! Do you even know how to count to 50, or even ONE bajillion??? Didn’t think so! Who’s the fool now?! HA!!!!!

  17. The woman in the blue coat and white kneesocks needs to call me post-haste. Whoa.

  18. I got took….
    So took….
    IE forever!!!!

    Good to know how many people were completely for it…
    What’s wrong with the world today?
    I think they need a musical.

  19. This is hilarious and awesome! you guys had me fooled into thinking you were actually going to go on the subway and take off your underwear showing all sorts of nether regions. When I got the email, i thought, no way am i gonna go that far!!! but, kudos to those that would.
    Happy April Fools! Thanks guys! you just made my week!

  20. Am I the only person in the world who didn’t think that IE would stoop so low and who realized what day it was? I mean, come on… The idea was funny, but I truly did not believe they would be so rude, crude, and socially unacceptable as to bare all on the New York subway. I think it’s hysterical that everyone else thought so though. hahahaha!

  21. I think the concept of this was absolutely hilarious. The content is still inappropriate. I get it’s a joke. I get it’s not technically “illegal” to wear your underwear in public. Just because you can doesn’t mean… you know. There are too many other creative things on I.E. to be overshadowed by this.

  22. what I want to know is if this was a separate mission from No Pants on Subway Day or was it filmed the same day? It was a great prank and even had me going for a minute!

  23. But it was obvious it was an April Fools Joke…. since it was April 1st. Plus, you would get so arrested. And I doubt you guys would have got nude in front of kids.

    So to all those who fell for it… you are all stupid!

  24. Yesss, I found a better name:
    -Improper Everywhere-


  25. For the good of everything NYC has to offer, please stop. Do this in Boston or something.

  26. My wife nearly walked to New York to slap you. Wait until she finds out it was a hoax, LOL! Well done

  27. OMG! I was soooo fooled by you guys! I kept thinking, ‘no way are there no laws against this,’ and I was definitely one of those people saying, “what about the children?!”

    Very well done! And I cannot believe the amount of people who were so readily supporting it! Hah, very amusing.

    You guys are the best entertainment people!

  28. iam from da hood and this is funny as hell,,i like it keep it up,,

  29. @ least this time you had girls who i didnt mind in there underwear.

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