Warning: Sunday is No Pants Subway Day

Passengers will ditch their trousers on underground transport in stunt dreamt up by improv group

BY Aly Duncan LAST UPDATED AT 14:21 ON Fri 7 Jan 2011

Underground passengers the world over beware: Sunday is ‘No Pants Subway Day’. In a stunt that has its roots in improvised art, there will be many more bare legs on display than normal.   
 
Participants in the caper have to take off their trousers – or pants in the US - when they are on the Tube, Metro or Subway.  And as the organisers, Improv Everywhere, stress they must “keep a straight face about it”.
 
No Pants Subway Day has spread globally, to nearly 50 cities worldwide including London, Madrid and Seoul since it began in 2002 in New York. Improv Everywhere’s mission statement is to “cause scenes of chaos and joy in public places”.
 
While just 30 passengers ditched their trousers to brave the cold and odd looks in London last year, this Sunday’s event is likely to be a bigger hit with more media coverage and a Facebook group with 270 members. 
 
The stunt will hit the Bakerloo Line at 3pm – and on Facebook the instructions reinforce that those involved must at least look like they’re taking it seriously: “Remove your trousers, and put them into your backpack.
 
“If you’d like to use a briefcase, purse, grocery bag, or whatever instead of a backpack that’s fine too. If anyone asks you why you’ve removed your trousers, tell them that they were ‘getting uncomfortable’ (or something along those lines).

“If questioned, you do not know any of the other trouserless riders. Tell folks that you ‘forgot to wear trousers’ and yes, you are ‘a little cold’. Insist that it is a coincidence that others also forgot their trousers. Be nice and friendly and normal.

“For the remainder of the journey, sit in the car as you normally would. Read a magazine or whatever you would normally do.”
 
The instructions add that the No Pants escapade is intended to be strictly good-natured: “You can wear fun underwear if you like, but nothing that screams out, ‘I wore this because I’m doing a silly stunt.’ Wear two pairs of underwear if it makes you feel more comfortable. Don’t wear a thong or anything else that might offend people. Our aim is to make people laugh, not piss them off.” · 

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