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OtherI am Alex Wang, cover man of the NYC Taxi Drivers Calendar, and I’m here with the calendar creators. Ask us anything about anything!

Jan 5th 2018 by lngshrts • 8 Questions • 166 Points

Hi Reddit!

You may recognize Alex from the front page last week: https://redd.it/7mjw12

The NYC Taxi Drivers Calendar, a comedic take on the traditional pin-up, highlights the hardworking men and women who drive our lazy asses all over town. Now in its fifth year, a portion of the calendar proceeds benefits University Settlement, a nonprofit supporting immigrant and working class individuals and families.

Check out the full calendar here: https://nyctaxicalendar.com

Answering today are:

  • Alex Wang (taxi driver, model, and karaoke king)
  • Shannon Kirkman (co-creator and photographer)
  • Philip Kirkman (co-creator and director)

Follow our upcoming work at https://www.lngshrts.com and @lngshrts

Proof: https://twitter.com/nyctaxicalendar/status/948594848386478084

Kinda Proof: https://www.instagram.com/p/BdSsHvLBXIr/?taken-by=nyctaxicalendar

UPDATE: Thank you all. We will continue to refresh this page incessantly for the rest of our lives to ensure we answer any new questions. - Alex, Phil & Shannon

Q:

To Alex: As a taxi driver, what in your opinion has been your biggest accomplishment in terms of driving someone somewhere on time?

A:

One guy from hotel in Midtown took my cab to JFK. After I cross the Midtown Tunnel he suddenly reminded me OMG I forgot passport in hotel safe. He say can you go back to hotel? So I go back fast! He say can you make it? I say I do my best! I take Midtown Tunnel again and he go upstairs right away, take passport down and we like flying to JFK byt we cannot speed!! We are happy the guy catch his plane just in time. We make a safe and fast drive to JFK and its a happy ending for passenger and for me too. - AW


Q:

Happy Endings for all!

A:

Not give up yet! I love my job. I meet so many nice New Yorker and foreigner. I meet Mario Cuomo, Scottie Pippen, David Price for channel 4 and more great people like u/the_diva. - AW


Q:

I’m so glad that we decided to take a cab that night instead of the subway! Hope you’re doing well, Alex!

A:

All neighborhoods good! I like make newcomer happy. I pick up a lot from airport JFK. I tell passenger you give me 1 joke I give you 2 joke! Make very warm trip, happy trip. I like make them feel family to me! - AW


Q:

What made you decide to take the plunge and be photographed for this calendar?

Have you given copies to your family and friends?

Thanks for making so many of us smile!

A:

Thank you! My friend William introduce me to the calendar. He model in it year. He say, make picture, make picture for calendar! I say no, I'm too busy. Then I talk to Shannon and Phil very warm and inviting, and I say, I better do this!

I give copies of the calendar to lots of friends and many co-workers. And I show it to all of my passengers to make them happy! - AW


Q:

What made you decide to take the plunge and be photographed for this calendar?

Have you given copies to your family and friends?

Thanks for making so many of us smile!

A:

Alex was incredible. We knew he'd be an awesome model before he even showed up, based on our communications with him. He sent us videos of him singing karaoke and as you can see from his photo, he did not disappoint. - SK


Q:

I haven't bought the calendar. Are there any cute girls in it?

A:

You tell us. Check out Ms. October, Nipa: https://nyctaxicalendar.com - SK


Q:

Alex, how was that big lollipop?

Did they let you finish it?

A:

7 inchies. Lots of flavor. Mix fruit. - AW


Q:

question for user/lngshrts - to what extent did working on WASDE prepare you for your future gigs and how do you feel about polyethylene?

A:

To the contrary. I spent years in therapy, chipping away at all the damage done from my pathetic origins as a financier. And re: polyethylene, I feel like prices will likely go up and down in 2018. - PK