Improv Everywhere

Too Much Time?

"One of the most common criticisms I see with Improve Everywhere, left anonymously on YouTube is, These people have too much time on their hands. 

Not everybody's going to like everything you do, and I've certainly developed a thick skin thanks to Internet comments, but that one's always bothered me, because we don't have too much time on our hands.

The participants in Improv Everywhere events have just as much time as any other New Yorkers. They just occasionally choose to spend it in an unusual way. 

Every Saturday and Sunday, hundreds of thousands of people each fall gather in football stadiums to watch games and I've never seen anybody comment, looking at a football game, and saying, All those people in the stands have too much time on their hands."

~ Charlie Todd

No Pants Subway Ride

A group in called Improv Everywhere staged its sixth annual No Pants Subway Ride on January 13th in New York City. Participants are not supposed to reveal their secret mission - to give people a fun New York experience to laugh about - when asked by the fully dressed passengers "Where are your pants?" Instead they shrugged their shoulders, shook their heads and claimed to be having one of those days where you just know you're forgetting something but don't figure it out until it's too late.

One guy acted surprised by his apparel deficit when he pretended to wake up from a pantless subway nap. He was able to buy a pair of pants from another participant who was along for the ride in the role of trouser salesman.



During last year's event, eight people were arrested and handcuffed. The charges were dropped due to the lack of laws forbidding the wearing of underwear in public.




Check out some of the photos and stories from this year's mission as well as the group's other missions.