Cartwheeling to Federal Pizza

Federal Pizza's Billboard at Central & Camelback

Federal Pizza’s Billboard at Central & Camelback

When a billboard went up saying it took only 50 cartwheels to get to their restaurant from a major intersection, it was a statement that needed to be tested! Federal Pizza’s billboard is at Central and Camelback; the restaurant is four blocks away at Central and Oregon. Would fifty cartwheels cover the distance? We had to find out!

So on Sunday, May 3, 2015, a small but determined group teamed up with Improv AZ to cartwheel to Federal Pizza. We gathered at the base of the billboard and made the end-over-end journey to the restaurant. Four cartwheelers completed the trek along with four supports who cheered us on, laughed at us, and carried our phones.

Let me tell you – turning cartwheels for four blocks makes you dizzy.

And it’s not always pretty.

And the people at Postino look at you funny through the window.

But we made it!

Final Cartwheel Counts

Final Cartwheel Counts

We determined early on that that statement about 50 cartwheels is hogwash. According to data gathered by our slightly wobbly group, it takes an average of 161 cartwheels to get there. By the time we reached the restaurant, we were sweaty, tired, and glad that the world had finally stopped spinning.

Federal Pizza had caught wind of our stunt and welcomed us to their patio to relax and treated our group to pizza. It was the perfect reward for completing the quest and solving the mystery of “How many cartwheels does it take to get to Federal Pizza?”

Thank you to everyone who came out and made this such a fun event and a very special thank you to Federal Pizza for feeding us delicious pizza and inspiring this stunt.

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Photo Credits: Amy Donohue

Phoenix No Pants Light Rail Ride is this Sunday!

Courtesy Devon Christopher Adams

The 7th Annual No Pants Light Rail Ride in Phoenix is this Sunday, January 11th. This is part of The No Pants Subway Ride, which is a global event started by Improv Everywhere in New York in 2002. Forty-seven cities around the world are participating this year!

Here are the details for the Phoenix ride:

  • When: Sunday, January 11 at 1:00 pm (Over around 4 pm)
  • Where: 3 starting locations – details below
  • Bring: A backpack/bag and a Light Rail pass
  • Wear: Normal winter clothes (jacket, hat, etc.)
  • Facebook Event: Right here.
  • Mid-ride party: Angels Trumpet Ale House


You can wear almost any type of underwear you want – except thongs or g-strings. If you’re going to wear boxers we encourage you to wear briefs underneath them in case your fly separates – you can get in trouble for indecent exposure if you reveal too much!

Take your pants off on the light rail platform or before you get there. If you’re worried you will be cold on the platform, you can take off your pants on the train, just be aware that it’s trickier and more crowded. If you are wearing your pants to the event, bring a bag or purse to carry them once you de-pants.

If you’re starting at the airport location, wear your pants to the airport and take them off in the of the bathrooms just before we start.


Do NOT tell people you are doing a prank! While you’re riding, act as if nothing strange is going on – no matter what. Do what you’d normally do on the light rail – you have no idea why others are not wearing pants. If anyone asks, have a simple excuse prepared for why you’re not wearing pants – you were hot, you forgot them, etc.

We will have photographers on hand to take pictures documenting the event. We need everyone else to just act casually. If you bring a camera, be very discreet and only take a few pictures. It’s supposed to look like a normal train ride.

Don’t disrupt the Light Rail! While the Phoenix Police Department said that wearing your underwear in public isn’t illegal, but don’t do anything dumb. You are responsible for all your actions during this event.


We have three main starting points with an alternative starting location for the east side riders. Just go to one of the starting points listed below, and board the first train that arrives after 1 pm. Make sure you arrive in time to get a Light Rail pass from one of the machines at the stations!

  • West Side riders will board first eastbound train from the 19th Ave./Montebello Stop at/after 1 pm.
  • UPDATE: East Side riders will board first westbound train from the Sycamore/Main APACHE BLVD/PRICE Stop at/after 1 pm. (The Sycamore/Main stop will be closed for construction starting on 1/10/2015!)
  • We have a group that will be starting at Sky Harbor Airport this year. For this group, arrive at Terminal 4 (while wearing pants) before 1 pm, go into a bathroom to remove your pants, and meet your fellow pantsless riders outside the Arizona Highways store at 1 pm. We’ll walk to the Sky Train and take it to catch the light rail at the 44th Street/Washington Stop.

Here’s a handy Google map with all the major stops and locations.


Everyone will exit the train at the Central Ave/Roosevelt Light Rail Stop. Our mid-ride party will be at Angels Trumpet Ale House (about a 5-minute walk from the light rail). They will have some specials for us if you want to grab a bite or a pint. This is an all-ages place, so minors are welcome. We’ll stay here for about an hour or so, but you are free to leave early if you need to, or stay later if you’re having fun.


Please RSVP for the Facebook Event – that’s where we will post any last minute updates and where you can ask questions.

Get our text message updates – we will send updates right to your phone during the ride.

You can follow us on Twitter (@ImprovAZ).

The hashtags to use for Twitter (or Instagram, Flickr, or anywhere else is) #NoPantsPhx and #NPSR


We know you might show up at the No Pants Light Rail Ride. Please note, we tell our participants not to give interviews or pose for pictures unless you’re participating in the event. This is a “No Wallflowers” event so we hope you’ll don your favorite fancy undies and join in the fun.

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Courtesy Devon Christopher Adams

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This is an update with some last minute tips and information for the No Pants Light Rail Ride happening in Phoenix is this Sunday, January 13th! You can read all the main details on our original blog post. Remember – Act like nothing weird is happening! If people ask you about not wearing pants, act surprised! Wow, […]

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