photo by Paul Quitoriano
Despite the snow, Improv Everywhere says they got “between 1,200 and 1,500 participants” to show up at Foley Square on Saturday afternoon, take down their pants, and ride the subway, and the Voice took pictures. IE reported good compliance with the rule about not letting on that this was an organized activity (“I’m just going to pick up my dry cleaning. I have no idea what’s wrong with those people”). Participants reported piquant conversations with civilians (“Why are they all taking their pants off daddy?” “My daughter wants to know why you are taking your pants off”) and some static (“Oh all you mother F***ers are a disgrace, I should punch you all, blah blah blah”), but by and large they say even the authorities were chill (“A man started yelling and then said to a cop: ‘Arrest these people! They’re blocking my way… in their underwear!’ She just laughed it off”).
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 12, 2009