Sunday, January 22, 2006

Mission Accomplished?

The NYPD ended the Improv Everywhere No Pants 2K6 mission today after several agents were detained at the 59th Street Subway stop on an uptown-bound 6 train. Aside from the Fake U2 Concert (which was featured on VH1's 40 Greatest Pranks) when some agents ended up having to appear in court, this is the only time police have halted an IE mission early. Lots of the media were there, so I'll update this page with more URLs as they are released. Reuters, Associated Press, an HDTV channel, Al Gore's CurrentTV, The New York Times, and others were all reported to be there and will no doubt have some sort of report on what went down.

The mission's two of many highlights for me, also posted in the comments of the mission page on the IE website:
1) Sitting crosslegged reading a magazine - pantsless of course - when a young Latino boy of only 5 or 6 years sat next to me with his parents nearby. He looked at me with disgust, but when he noticed one of the photographers taking shots of the mission, he eased up. When the photographer showed him the picture she had just taken of me and him on her camera's display screen, his smile widened. That's why Improv Everywhere exists I think - to make people smile once in a while.

2) The funniest moment for me happened as the cops began to arrive and instruct all riders than they exit the train. I whispered to Agent Kula and asked something to the effect of "Should we get off? What should we do?" Staying in character, unfazed by what was happening around him, Agent Kula responded to nobody in particular "Oh, the train's out of service? Hm, how about that."

Links are popping up all over the 'net:
AOL/AIM Today publicizes the mission - everything goes downhill from there
Improv Everywhere alerts the public of the news
Participants begin commenting with their own personal experiences of the mission on the IE website
Photos are starting to appear on the Yahoo! AP Wire (including the one above)
Agent McFarland blogs about his experiences
Gothamist gets in on the action
Newsday reports on the mission
Kate Spencer announces to the world that her friend and fellow improviser, Flynn Barrison, was one of the "detained" agents
LiveJournal user freecroissants tells her tale from start to finish
Agent Nicholson's great photoset on Flickr
The Associated Press turns in their writeup (via Yahoo! News)
The New York Times is kind enough to include a blurb in their "Metro Briefing"
Blog About Town saw this coming a mile away
But of course, the Improv Resource Center has a few things to say
MSNBC decided to run the photo I'm in along with the AP article - I think that's pretty neat
CrimProf Blog has an excellent entry on the legal side of things
The Roommate demands a television program
Gawker gawks it up
The tabloids get in on it, first The Daily News
And then The Post
Chortle, the UK comedy guide updates our friends across the pond
Fark users post their comments in response to the Newsday piece
Gothamist posts again with a slightly updated version
Ladies and gentlemen, The Apiary
Agent Purnell is late, arrives in Harlem disoriented
Agent Nicholson announces on his blog that Charlie Todd will be appearing tonight at 8:00pm on MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann to discuss the mission
Charlie confirms the MSNBC appearance, and also adds that a joke about the mission will be featured in David Letterman's monologue tonight
Dead End June does a bit of copying and pasting
If you have Japanese characters installed on your computer (and can understand them), this might be cool
Hola! Subieron desnudos a un subte y terminaron presos
From Turkey: Metroda pantolonsuz gün!
drgnflyshine's thoughts on Xanga
NYC Life in a Fish Bowl interprets the event as a cartoon with a fish! Awesome!
Letterman's Wahoo Gazette details their "Would You Like to Take a Pantsless Cab Ride?" bit
Some more photos courtesy of Agent Chigirev
Agent Kula tells all regarding radio appearances featuring various agents
Der Nederlands are flabbergasted, and blog accordingly - also something about Bob Saget
Blog About Town questions the Naked Cowboy's safety
The "yes_and" community on LiveJournal gives Improv Everywhere a nice shoutout
Agent Rainswept's photos on Flickr
The transcript of Agent Todd's appearance on MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann
Gothamist updates New York City on the hottest topic in town
Germany's Frankfurter Runschau reports on the mission, available at Gray's Papaya
Radford University knows what's up
Publiziert am 05. Februar 2006 in leisure und great shit
Jesse Thorn voices The Sound of Young America
OFFICIAL! The Improv Everywhere report on the mission is finally up, and it's got everything you need
AUDIO! David Letterman jokes about the mission in his January 23rd monologue
MORE AUDIO! NPR News Trivia Show Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me! uses ths mission in one of its questions - click on "Lighting Fill in the Blank"
VIDEO! The video clip from Countdown with Keith Olbermann on MSNBC with guest Charlie Todd
MORE VIDEO! A clip of Letterman's monologue including the two jokes about the mission
EVEN MORE VIDEO! Sean Bradley of Bethlehem, PA takes off his pants and rides in a taxi cab ride on Letterman
YET EVEN MORE VIDEO! Local news in Putnam covers the No Pants Subway Ride, and then shows that their camraderie is fantastic
WOW, STLL MORE VIDEO! The official Improv Everywhere video documenting the mission


At 1/23/2006 3:08 AM, Blogger Chris Kula said...

Zach Linder, Formidable Aggregator!

At 1/24/2006 12:21 AM, Blogger chad said...

thanks for the links.

I missed the letterman clip, but here is the MSNBC video for all -

At 1/24/2006 12:32 AM, Blogger Zach said...

Thanks, Chad - great clip! Congrats on getting your photos used! I missed Letterman too, but audio of his monologue usually goes up on

At 1/24/2006 3:12 AM, Blogger ctodd said...

Zach, you are doing such an awesome job of documenting all this. Let me know if you find an Mp3 of Letterman.

At 7/10/2006 9:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

whoa, I've been linked! albeit several months ago. haha, crazy.

At 10/05/2006 3:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Updated the NPR link with this:

The one you posted always shows the current week's show.

At 10/05/2006 3:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Updated the NPR link with this:

The one you posted always shows the current week's show.


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