Pranksters fill NYC subway car with absurdist panhandler party

EDW Lynch of Laughing Squid says: "Gary Lee Mahmoud and a group of pranksters posed as panhandlers and slowly filled a New York City subway car, creating the surreal spectacle of a 'panhandler party.'"


  1. Holy shit that’s awesome. The built-up tension caused by some of the more aggressive panhandlers is the perfect thing to exploit for comedy.

  2. I don’t know whether to be sad or elated that this was more entertaining than all three Transformers films combined. I’m gonna miss New York when it’s under water.

        1. The west actually excels in being mean-spirited. It’s just that we do it with passive-aggression and sarcasm. Most New Yorkers are nicer than I would’ve expected. They’re just a little more honest because they don’t have the time for extra bullshit.

          1. As an ex longtime New Yorker now living in San Francisco for 12 glorious years, I’m feeling compelled to have you define “the west”. I’d say here in San Francisco we mostly lack mean spiritedness, whether of the passive-aggressive or aggressive variety. Sure we dip our toes into irony, but its generally with a smirk. At least compared to those neurotic passive-aggressive L.A. people down south…

  3. This is brilliant. I do kinda wish the businessman hadn’t pulled out all the f-bombs and ‘dickheads’ and such, myself. Does that make me an old fogey?

    1. He is what I imagine President Romney would have solved the economic shortfall.
      “Hey listen up for 47% dickheads, get back to work in the factories i’ve closed you god-damned bums!”

      1. Gee thanks!

        I guess that crazy madman swearing isn’t as funny to me when there’s little kids sitting there.

        I’m kind of a fogey that way.

      1. No problem, but I think the copyright belongs to Tom from my elementary school, around the 3rd grade…

  4. The candy-seller was so fake.  All real candy sellers sell peanut M&Ms and Starburst.  Not Welch’s fruit snacks. 

    1. speak for yourself. of the ones i see, about half have exclusively welch’s. i suspect the bulk price is lower (buy case of 144 and split).

      1. That and no one wants them, they’re there as the comparison. People are more likely to buy X when presented the option of X and the inferior Y, than when presented X alone.

  5. Oh man, just when I thought I didn’t want to see another flash-mob no-pants improv-everywhere whatever video… that was BRILLIANT!  And they actually managed to pull off the near-impossible, which is to end a sketch comedy bit on a truly funny note.

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