I just completed the best thing ever.
I dropped my pants on the subway.
Let me take a step back and say that this was a stunt hosted by Improv Everywhere.
Improv Everywhere is this awesome organization that hosts stunts all over New York and now globally. I blogged about one of their recent stunts in September as well. I’ve known about them since high school. Whenever I mentioned I did improv, people would always respond with “Hey have you heard of Improv Everywhere?” I immediately joined the mailing list when I moved to NYC.
The mailing list was the secret way I found out the details of The No Pants Subway Ride. In its 11th year, this pants-less ride has expanded every year, from 7 people to 4,000. It was awesome.
Due to its size, the whole event was not as discreet as in past years but I want to cherish the secrecy of it all a bit and not give to many details of how it all happened.
All I will say is that it involved a lot of planning and a lot of improv. Pretty much- my dream.
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For myself and MG (the only brave enough friend I have), the mission included meeting at a secret location, getting on a train, taking our pants off in sequential order, getting off the train, getting on a new train, making an extremely long transfer, getting on another train, then having a huge celebration at Union Square with no pants. I laughed and froze my butt off. Pun totally intended. The entire time we were to act totally normal. “Oh wait, I don’t have pants on?” Some people didn’t follow this as well as others (the improviser in me was disappointed) but people got a kick out of it either way.
The reactions were endless and priceless.
Some of my favorites:
- The woman at the first station just not being able to figure it out and not letting it go. “What’s on the calendar?” “I know the ice jump was last weekend…”
- The Christian rapture supporters about to pop a blood vessel when I took a pamphlet and hundreds of other pant-less ones walking by.
- The puzzlement on the face of the old man across from me as I sat bare-legged knitting on the train and then two other pairs of cheeks just walk right in front of him.
- Two very confused tourists asking me what was going on and I just referred to the really good violinist everyone was surrounding (who later also removed his pants).
It was such a fun and liberating little adventure! I’m having a hard time getting warm and I can’t imagine how many tourist have my thunder thighs on film but it was so worth it. The whole event got me so excited for improv classes starting this Thursday and more Improv Everywhere adventures to come!
Has anyone else done one of these missions or something like it? Ever been a bystander? Tell me your experiences!