Improv Everywhere No Pants Subway Ride 2011: Big Photo Gallery (dubiously SFW)


The 10th Annual No Pants Subway Ride took place on Sunday, January 9, 2011, with 3,500 participants in New York City and thousands more in 50 cities across the world. The event is organized by Improv Everywhere, and involves participants who strip down to their underwear as they go about their normal routine. Above and below, photos from NYC and elsewhere.

006.jpg Participants in Zurich ride a tram, sans culottes. (REUTERS/Christian Hartmann)

001.jpg No Pants Subway Ride participants walk through the hallway of the Union Square subway station in New York City. (REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi)

002.jpg People who took part in the 10th Annual No Pants Subway Ride do handstands in the window of a Filene's Basement department store overlooking New York's Union Square January 9, 2011. (REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi )

004.jpg A dog looks on as people wait to ride a tram without pants through the streets of Zurich on the day of the 10th Annual New York City No Pants Subway Ride January 9, 2011. (REUTERS/Christian Hartmann)

005.jpg A man in his underwear takes part in the 10th Annual No Pants Subway Ride in New York City January 9, 2011. (REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi)

007.jpg Pantsless subway buskers, New York City. (REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi)

008.jpg People who took part in the 10th Annual No Pants Subway Ride dance in a window of a department store in New York City January 9, 2011. (REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi)

009.jpg A man talks on his cell phone after taking part in the 10th Annual No Pants Subway Ride in New York City January 9, 2011. (REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi)

More photos and videos on Improv Everywhere's website.


  1. eww.seriously. i don’t really get it. it also misrepresents nyc’s pretty diverse popluation. why is that?

    1. It’s a public flashmob / participatory theatre. The only people it is representative of are the type who show up to flashmobs.

      1. Clearly flashmobs deserve a spot on Stuff White People Like.

        Also: dubiously *at best*. What workplace would this be NS at? Glad I don’t work there.

        1. This hasn’t been mentioned already there? Jeez, you’d think it’s right up their alley.

          I endorse this on general principle. Winter, you can deal.

    2. Because white people like No-Pants Subway Ride?
      p.s. The diversity of underwear types is well represented, anyway.

  2. lol – we ran into Vancouver’s group on the way back from a weekend out of the city. It was kinda weird to see it after having read up on Improv Anywhere a few years ago, and realise what it was…

    Meanwhile, back home in South Africa, the Johannesburg event was the only in the world to provoke a police/security response this year, with 36 people arrested and fined…

    Of course, this is in the same city that a few months ago broke the world record for the largest bikini parade, so go figure:

  3. Ok, now try doing this with less attractive people. Lets see if you’d want their junk in your face on the train.

    That said if I saw this I’d feel a little bit of appreciation for Islamic countries. Sometimes you can show too much.

  4. The group announced a name change…to ‘massively coordinated, yearly, same stuff as last year, everywhere.’

  5. The only thing that would bother me if those people were on the tube with me is that I would feel a little over-dressed.

  6. Of course as was mentioned in South Africa people were arrested and fined. They were arrested on public indecency charges, but it was soon realised that there was no indecency to charge them for. They were then fined, get this, by the Gautrain(the new fast commuter train in and around Johannesburg) security firm R700 each(that’s about $100). Now I have no bloody idea how a private firm can fine the public in the first place, but if you were stupid enough to give your real details anyway, then your just, well, stupid…LOL

  7. @Moriarty

    +1, best comment on this thread.

    I wonder if those who go commando actually put on something to participate?

  8. I was about to think that only young, hipster types were participating… Kudos to the tie-wearing, lawyer-looking dude at the end!

  9. As a male, I would feel dumb participating, not because I’m fat and unattractive but because I’m not an attractive female. Does anyone really notice the men who participate? You have to really, really stand out – the “Last Stop” dude qualifies, and the guy with the tie at the end. But all the other random hipster douchebag looking guys, or the normal looking guys with boxer shorts – who cares?

  10. As a participant, and journalist, I can assure you that in the NYC event most all races, ethnicities, etc were represented. If you don’t think so, next year I invite you to participate =]

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