#NoPantsSubway – Johannesburg 2014

Image courtesy of Chris, from Flickr

Image courtesy of Chris from Flickr


The No Pants Subway Ride is an annual global event started by Improv Everywhere in 2002: http://improveverywhere.com/missions/the-no-pants-subway-ride/


1) Willing to take trousers off on the train
2) Able to keep a straight face about it


WHEN: Sunday 12th January 2014, 3PM
WHERE: Park Station
BRING: Cash for a ticket, any activity you might normally perform on the train, newspaper, book, sewing kit and keep a straight face whilst in transit.
WEAR: Normal attire. We will be removing our pants at the first station, unless you want to level up and arrive ready to go.


You can wear fun underwear if you like, 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.

If questioned, you do not know any of the other pant-less riders. Tell folks that you ‘forgot to wear pants’. Insist that it is a coincidence that others also forgot their trousers. Be nice, friendly and remain calm.

For the remainder of the journey, sit in the car as you normally would. Read a magazine or whatever you would normally do.


Photo courtesy of en.wikipedia.org

Photo courtesy of en.wikipedia.org


We will be departing from Park station, and simply riding to Braamfontein station.

Please leave your cameras at home and resist the temptation to snap photos with your iPhone, etc. while the event is happening. Take as many as you like before and after the event, but during the ride we really want people to enjoy the experience of participating rather than documenting. It detracts from the mission if everyone is taking photos of each other rather than keeping a straight face.

You may bring along friends if you like, but make sure they get a chance to read all of these instructions.

See you on the 12th!


Q: Isn’t this illegal!!!!!
A: No. “The Sexual Offences Act 2003 applies only to aggressive genital exposure with intent to shock those who want not to see the genitals.”

We want this event to be fun and safe for everyone, so anybody found to be removing more than their pants will be kicked off the train and reported to the station authorities.

Q: Can I wear a skirt instead (if I am a guy)?
A: Very clever, however you’re missing the point. Articles of clothing like skirts, shorts, kilts, and dresses don’t count, because people are encouraged to revel in the absence of pants, and not replace your pants with other clothing. The point is to relax and enjoy the humor inherent in people not wearing pants. A good rule of thumb is to pretend like you were going to wear trousers, and then just fail to put them on.”

Please don’t wear anything overly close-fitting (so no thongs, banana hammocks or mankinis) or kilts without anything underneath. We don’t want people to be disgusted, and the organisers do not want trouble so we are putting our trust in you.


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