Doing the No Pants Dance

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A segment producer recently requested that all the male staff of Nude Hippo go bottomless for a day. Since I usually blog in the nude I had no problem with this. Then it became clear she meant around the office and I had to give it a second thought. Then I figured, as long as the female staff went topless, everything would be fine. It might even be fun figuring who’s real and who’s Memorex.

As you may have gleaned, our office meetings are different than yours.

Working with Nude Hippo is more like working outside the Sydney Opera House than in any traditional office environment.

But we are not alone in our flexibility with dress codes. Improv Everywhere (yes, there’s a Chicago office) recently hosted No Pants Subway Ride. As reported by Metromix New York, it was an eye opening event for many folks on their way to work.

Not even freezing cold temperatures could keep people from, er, taking off their pants Sunday. Organized by Improv Everywhere, the 10th annual No Pants Subway Ride united those looking to shake up the doldrums of daily life with a good sense of humor.

Yesterday’s event attracted hundreds of intrepid New Yorkers who met up at several points around town, ending up at Union Square to frolic around the park. Once there, the pantless were meet by a pro-pants rally that advocated adages like, “Give Pants a Chance” with provocative posters proclaiming “Are You Missing Something? Ask me about pants!” It was a veritable pants versus the pantless showdown!

While I tend to find most causes manipulative, condescending or outright fraudulent, this is something I can heartily endorse. This is the kind of thing that brings a certain joie de vivre to the banality of existence that normally ensconces our graying souls.

What better way to show you’re a fun loving business professional than showing up for work pantless? Don’t you think your boss would be thrilled to see that you think, and live, outside the box? That you’ve given him/her a clear sign you will not be limited by the arcane minutiae of some silly corporate codes?


This is the very type of thing that we need to see more of in this country. They very motto of Improv Everywhere, “spread scenes of chaos and joy in public places,” needs to adopted by governments, corporations and you.

I know the two little pics I’ve posted here today aren’t going to satisfy your prurient needs. I know that because you, like me, are an internet voyeur. Why else would you be reading this?

So take a look at the video below, courtesy of Natasha Del Toro and, and enjoy. Don’t worry, there are some seriously hot booty shots mixed in with the story so you won’t be bored.

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