Digital Video: Agents Adams, Belaval, Campbell, Chalifour, Ellis, Fritz, Haskel, Heilman, Knight, Nawrot, Ng, Richardson, Thielmann
Digital Photography: Agents Bledsoe, Chai, Chigirev, Fountain, Rosmarin, Scott, Sermoneta, Sokoler. See their – flickr sets here.
On Sunday, January 9th, 2011 over 5,000 people took off their pants on subways in 48 cities in 22 countries around the world. In New York, our 10th Annual No Pants Subway Ride had over 3,500 participants, spread out over six meeting points and ten subway lines. Enjoy the video first and then go behind the scenes with our mission report and photos.
No Pants 2011 Subway Ride Generals
(L-R) Back: Agents Todd, Shafer, Shafeek, Lindquist, Fiedler, Linder
Front: Agents Lathan, Reeves, Good, Scordelis
If you’re unfamiliar with No Pants, you might want to first read our history of The No Pants Subway Ride.
The crowd at Foley Square
Agent Purnell guides the crowd at the Flushing, Queens location
At 76, this guy was the oldest participant at our location
Agent Gorden with his child on the train, both pantless
Two of our older participants
Even a dog participated this year!
New Yorkers reacting
Agent Fiedler waits for the train on a chilly above ground platform. It was 32 degrees with 43 MPH gusts of wind.
An MTA employee smiles as the pantless masses pass by, transferring trains
Dancing with the performers known as the Zylofolks
3,500 pantless people arrive in Union Square
These girls caused more than a few to Look Up More.
No Pants Cab Ride home!
Agent Adams after coordinating another massive video shoot
– To see links to full flickr sets of photos from all of our official photographers and to read comments from participants, check out this page: NYC Agent Reports
– Check out the comments in this post for reports and links to photos from the regional events: Regional Agent Reports
– I put together a flickr set using one photo from as many of the regional rides as I could find (not everyone sent me a photo or posted a link.)
– Also check out our complete history of The No Pants Subway Ride.
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I love that the video is frozen on ‘Improving, non-stop.”
That’s why I’m such a fan of Improve Everywhere.
I love Improve Everywhere. Great work =D
I should have had someone snap a picture of me getting into a cab to go to Laguardia for my flight home. The cabbie was not going to let me in at first. I walking into the airport with no pants as well but didn’t want to challenge TSA so I put them on while I checked in. The ticketing agent was amused.
Thanks for coming so far Rich!
Rich, thanks for your dedication and coming out to the Astoria line! It was really great!
Thanks guys it was a blast.
There will be video and pictures from Detroit next year, it should coincide with the North American Auto Show which would mean lots of people to puzzle.
Another awesome year. Thanks to IE for putting this all together. Thanks especially to everyone who came out and made this year the biggest yet! And a special thanks to everyone on the N train and all it’s captains who put up with me checking on each group to make sure everyone was coordinated and able to get by on the subway tracks.
Sign up for the mailing list if you haven’t yet, and start inviting friends for next year!
I want to know how many people completed their journey home, via Subway, without their pants. I had to ride the Q all the way to Prospect Park, and a couple at one point started passing around a copy of the Village Voice with an article on the N-PSR in it.
I feel I made their day. *L*
That girl’s reaction at 1:46 is the BEST! Whoever caught that was amazing!
Is it just me, or did everyone who participated in the no-pants sub-way ride, have beautiful legs? Just an observation.
I loved the “improv-ing, non-stop” sign from 1:45 to 1:55. :-)
Daymn, wish this could be done in my country! :D
best video ever
Gorgeous photography and documentation, but frankly the subject matter was a bore. It’s not abnormal to see exposed legs when you live in L.A. Show me something I don’t know!! (like subway nudity maybe?)
I just love knowing that all you people are out there, causing scenes and enriching the lives of the rest of us. Who says the internet is destroying our cultural diversity?!
it’s unfortunate and imbalanced that more guys are not wearing briefs like the girls. the boxer’s kinda ruin the whole thing. also, the ‘official video’ emphasized girls butts, further exaggerating the divide btwn the sexes (girls as sexy, guys as dull!). this makes the whole thing seem too boringly mainstream, and in a hetero-sexist and hetero-normative way.
it was great fun; yet another awesome way to have fun without pants! hope to make it back here again next year. keep it up guys!
I am a huge fan of your controlled chaos. great job on the no pants train ride this year excellent work. you have to let us know of the next one me and my friends will gladly participate. good job and keep up the chaos.
I don’t understand the motivation to participate in this? Is it because people want to feel that they are a part of something bigger than themselves? Please explain.
It’s not rocket science. Improv Everywhere’s theme is to put a smile on people’s face and “We Cause Scenes.” That’s the point for this event.
It’s awesome to see the police have calmed down about a few thousand people on the subway without pants. I’m bummed that pants sellers no longer come through the cars anymore, but I understand there are too many participants for that to be viable. The pro-pants brigade fills that niche. Nice job!
Missed the NY and London one again – mighty peeved. The South african Police were not as friendly – they promptly arrested the 300 or so riders on our new Gautrain. Wait for next year!!! We will lawyer up and see how they react then!
Sorry make that 50 riders.
No Pants is gettin’ fancy. Garters, tighty whiteys, after-ride no-pants dinners, no pants cabs, not to mention shirts off! 3,500 people is amazing. Remember when the cops were baffled, and Charlie and others hauled away!?
Congrats to the new Improved improv!.
This was too much fun, it was my 2nd year and it was a blast, even better than last year! Can’t wait till 2012 though!
So when will be the next prank Improv?!? Because I’ll definitely be there. ^_^
It’s funnt how much this has grown through the years
all i would like to know, is when is the next no pants day. please let me know for next year………
Would love to participate, but I don’t see this happening on DC’s very conservative, food-free, Metro system.
It’s happened in DC for the past 4 years.
What about Germany??? we can do it in Frankfurt too….. could be nice
I just saw you guys on O’reily for this.
Wait, really? What did he say?
My friends were watching it and I recognized one of your agents so I told them to turn up the volume. So I only caught the end of it. He put it on his “dumbest things of the week list”. The guest helping him, however didn’t think it was dumb at all. She thought it was funny. Bill just thought you were doing it to get onto youtube. Great job by the way.
lol, the cop with the two good looking laidies seems to bee pretty satisfied :)
I sure wish I could see Princess Leia and Stormtroopers without pants.
I was in SF on business and happened to be on the BART train during the No Pants Subway Ride there. People had no clue what was going on. I just smiled and watched the fun!
OMG I’m in one of those pictures. WOO go me :D