Impractical Jokers

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Impractical Jokers
Impractical Jokers Logo.png
Genre Hidden camera
Directed by Peter Fowkes
P. J. Morrison
Starring Brian "Q" Quinn
James "Murr" Murray
Sal Vulcano
Joe Gatto
Narrated by Drew Patterson
Bill St. James
Erik Falcon
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 7
No. of episodes 160 (and 27 specials) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Charlie DeBevoise
Mark Hickman
Brian Quinn
James Murray
Joe Gatto
Sal Vulcano
Pete McPartland
Simmy Kustanowitz[1]
Location(s) New York
Camera setup Hidden camera
Running time 21 minutes (season 1-5)
24 minutes (season 5-present)
Production company(s) NorthSouth Productions
Distributor Warner Bros. Television[2]
Release
Original network TruTV
Comedy Central UK
Picture format 576i (season 1)
1080i (season 2-present)
Original release December 15, 2011 (2011-12-15) – present
Chronology
Related shows Impractical Jokers: Inside Jokes
Jokers Wild
Impractical Jokers: After Party
External links
Website

Impractical Jokers is an American hidden camera reality series that premiered on TruTV on December 15, 2011, and is produced by NorthSouth Productions. It follows Joseph "Joe" Gatto, James "Murr" Murray, Brian "Q" Quinn, and Salvatore "Sal" Vulcano, the four members of the comedy troupe The Tenderloins, as they coerce one another into doing public pranks while being filmed by hidden cameras, the show differs from other prank television programs, as the stars of Impractical Jokers do not know the details of the prank until the moment they are performing it on strangers.

It was announced in 2017 that the show will be syndicated to broadcast television outlets via Trifecta Entertainment & Media. It will be cleared in 85% of the U.S. markets.[3]

In March 2018, TruTV announced that the show would be renewed for an eighth season that will have 26 episodes and is expected to air in February of 2019. TruTV also announced that an Impractical Jokers feature-length movie will go into production in the spring of 2018.[4]

Development[edit]

Intertitle used since Season 3. From left to right: Q, Murr, Sal, and Joe.

Joseph "Joe" Gatto, James "Murr" Murray, Brian "Q" Quinn, and Salvatore "Sal" Vulcano, four high school friends who attended Monsignor Farrell High School, from Staten Island, New York, formed the live improv and sketch comedy troupe The Tenderloins in 1999.

After a long and successful history, including winning the $100,000 grand prize in NBC's "It’s Your Show" competition, the group went into television; in 2008, they filmed a pilot episode for a scripted sitcom for Spike TV, but the show did not go to series. TruTV announced the series Impractical Jokers, originally slated to be named Mission: Uncomfortable, on April 12, 2011, eight months before the show's debut. Murray explained how the hidden camera format made sense based on the jokesters' skills. "We needed to find the right format... thing is, we've been doing this for years, but when it's on camera, the embarrassment is amplified."[5] Q and Sal have said when they gave their pilot episode to TruTV, it was recorded on their iPhones, at the time they pitched the idea to TruTV, Murray was VP of Development for NorthSouth Productions, the company that has produced the series since its inception.

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
116December 15, 2011 (2011-12-15)May 3, 2012 (2012-05-03)
228September 6, 2012 (2012-09-06)December 12, 2013 (2013-12-12)
331January 2, 2014 (2014-01-02)October 30, 2014 (2014-10-30)
426January 29, 2015 (2015-01-29)October 22, 2015 (2015-10-22)
526February 11, 2016 (2016-02-11)November 3, 2016 (2016-11-03)
626February 9, 2017 (2017-02-09)November 2, 2017 (2017-11-02)
726[6]February 1, 2018 (2018-02-01)November 2018 (2018-11)
Specials27February 2, 2012 (2012-02-02)TBA

Before every challenge, the Jokers explain where they are, what the challenge is, and what will happen if they fail. Often (but not always) the cast member(s) performing the prank wears an earpiece, while the others have a mic in a covert location. Cameras are hidden near the area to capture the action, the challenge location is usually a public area in or around New York City such as a city park, or store. The criteria of each challenge are the same for each of the Jokers competing in the round. If the Joker cannot complete their task, they get a thumbs-down, at the end of the episode, the Joker or Jokers with the most thumbs down is punished, and the punishments are usually more embarrassing, humiliating, disgusting, painful or scary than any of the challenges. Punishments cannot be refused, or the Joker will be kicked off the show.

Statistics[edit]

Up to date as of April 14, 2018.
Impractical Jokers statistics
Joker Punishments Thumbs down Thumbs up Challenges
Joe 36 (23.4%) 136 (35.9%) 254 (68.5%) 377 (92.0%)
Murr 50 (34.0%) 168 (48.7%) 228 (59.3%) 379 (92.6%)
Q 40 (26.1%) 140 (38.0%) 252 (69.0%) 375 (91.4%)
Sal 55 (36.0%) 163 (42.6%) 239 (66.2%) 377 (92.0%)
  • Punishments include double, separate, triple, and in one episode, all four punished.
  • Some statistics have been rounded.
  • Some challenges involved double-thumbs down (10) (Sal 4, Murr 3, Joe 2, Q 2); punishment percentage rates are based on total episodes that involve punishments (147 out of 150); challenge percentage rates are based on total challenges attempted (418 as of October 12, 2017).
  • In some instances, a joker can bet that another Joker can't complete a (usually difficult) task. If the task is complete, the challenge will end (even if not all Jokers participated), and the Joker who loses the bet loses the entire episode, regardless of the loser board, this has only happened on three occasions in the show's run; one of those occasions, the Joker was successful on the bet and didn't take the loss on the episode.

Cast[edit]

The Tenderloins in Times Square in 2010.

Main[edit]

  • James "Murr" Murray (born May 1, 1976) is an improvisational comedian from the New York City borough of Staten Island. He attended Monsignor Farrell High School there, and was also part of a community theatre,[7] he continued his education at Georgetown University where he received a BA in English.[9] He continues to work at NorthSouth Productions, where he is the Senior Vice President of Development.[10]
  • Salvatore "Sal" Vulcano (born November 5, 1976) is an improvisational and stand-up comedian from the New York City borough of Staten Island. He attended Monsignor Farrell High School, where he took part in various sports such as hockey, basketball and football, he received a degree in Finance from St. John's University.
  • Joseph "Joe" Gatto Jr. (born June 5, 1976) is an improvisational comedian from the New York City borough of Staten Island, where he attended Monsignor Farrell High School.[7] He studied at LIU Post where he received a degree in Accounting,[11] he founded the Tenderloins comedy troupe in 2000 and worked at the baby retail store Giggle, until January 2011. He is the only married Joker, and has two children with his wife Bessy.[12]

Guest appearances[edit]

Season 2 Season 3 Season 4 Season 5 Season 6 Season 7

Reception[edit]

Impractical Jokers has been well received by some critics, with Linda Stasi of the New York Post calling it "possibly the funniest, most ridiculous show I’ve seen in years."[13]

While it has been compared to earlier hit prank shows such as Candid Camera and Jackass, critics have offered praise for its unique twist on the genre, wherein the stars' reactions to the pranks are often equally as humorous as those of the innocent bystanders. Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times stated that "the gag pays off twice: once in the reaction of the unsuspecting passer-by, once in the discomfort of the fellow doing the asking." He later wrote that the cast-members' occasional integrity [kept] these four clowns a little bit lovable."[14] Dean Robbins of The Daily Page echoed this sentiment, stating that "the friends are jovial rather than Jackass-obnoxious, even rejecting some dares as too offensive."[15]

The series has been generally well received, garnering 1.5 million viewers during its December 15, 2011, premiere.[16]

The review of the show by Variety's Brian Lowry was less positive, ending with this statement: "Nobody will ever confuse Impractical Jokers with high art, certainly, but as low-brow, micro-cost comedy in the context of TruTV's programming resources, it's actually quite practical—and occasionally funny."[17]

Impractical Jokers: Inside Jokes[edit]

Impractical Jokers: Inside Jokes is a spin-off of Impractical Jokers in which episodes that have already aired are shown again with pop-up facts throughout, including behind-the-scenes stories and facts directly from the Jokers. The first episode of Impractical Jokers: Inside Jokes aired on July 14, 2016, following the mid-season British special.[18][19]

Impractical Jokers: After Party[edit]

Impractical Jokers: After Party is a spin-off hosted by Joey Fatone, in which the Jokers and surprise guests go through a deep dive of challenges, special play-by-play punishment analysis from the latest episode, and bonus content from the latest episode or the whole show. The first episode of the series aired on August 3, 2017 after the episode "The Q-Pay" had aired. After Party is filmed at The Flagship Brewing Company bar in Staten Island.

Impractical Jokers movie[edit]

On March 7, 2018 it was announced that a feature-length Impractical Jokers movie was in the works, it will be directed by Chris Henchy and produced by Funny or Die. Production on the film is set to begin in the spring of 2018.[20]

International versions[edit]

  • United Kingdom A UK version of Impractical Jokers began airing in winter 2012 on BBC Three. It starred comedians Paul McCaffrey, Joel Dommett, Marek Larwood and Roisin Conaty,[21] the pilot was filmed and placed online as part of "The Comedy Kitchen" in 2012. The first series included six episodes, which aired from November 15 to December 20, 2012, the second series also included six episodes, and aired from February 24 to April 2, 2014. It was produced by Yalli Productions.[22] It was cancelled after Series 2 in April 2014, mainly due to its unpopularity. However, more recently, Comedy Central and Channel 5 picked up the rights to co-produce a third season of Impractical Jokers UK with Yalli Productions, starring Late Night Gimp Fight.[23]
  • Netherlands A Dutch version was broadcast on Veronica in 2013, called De Fukkers. In 2015 a new version started at RTL 5, named Foute Vrienden, like the Flemish version.[24]
  • BelgiumFlanders A Belgian (Flemish) version broadcast on 2BE in the fall of 2012, titled Foute Vrienden. James Murray appeared in episode 5 of the first season,[25] the second season, which started in March 2014, included 10 episodes.
  • Brazil A Brazilian version is currently being broadcast on SBT titled Amigos da Onça. The series premiere aired on January 7, 2013[26] and ended on August 13, 2013. James Murray appeared in episode 3 of the second season.
  • Lebanon A Lebanese version was broadcast on Al Jadeed in the fall of 2013.
  • Mexico A Mexican version broadcast on TBS Latin America started on May 20, 2015 with the title Impractical Jokers.
  • Greece A Greek version was broadcast on Ant1 in February 2014 with the title Wanted.
  • CanadaQuebec A French-Canadian version was broadcast on V on February 24, 2014 with the title Les Jokers.
  • Sweden A Swedish version was broadcast on TV6 in April 2014 with the title Radiostyrd.
  • Spain A Spanish version was broadcast on Neox in 2014 with the title Sinvergüenzas.
  • Egypt An Egyptian version was released in 2015 with the title Al Mohayesoun.[27]

International broadcasts[edit]

  • United Kingdom On April 18, 2014, during the first ever live recording of their What Say You? podcast at the Prince Charles Cinema in London, Q and Sal stated that, when the BBC bought the rights to create a UK version of the show, they also bought the rights to air the US version of the show in the UK. This was meant to be aired after the first season of the UK show, but the BBC never aired it. However, it finally came to air on August 22, 2014, the US version now airs on Comedy Central UK and Channel 5.
  • Republic of Ireland The show is presently airing on RTÉ2 in Ireland.
  • IndiaPakistanBangladeshSri LankaNepalBhutanMaldivesAfghanistanIranTajikistan The series currently airs on Comedy Central India (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives), WB Channel (India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives) and WB Channel Pakistan (Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Iran and Tajikistan).
  • Canada The series currently airs in Canada on ACTION, CMT and OLN.[28]
  • Australia It is currently being shown in Australia on The Comedy Channel.
  • New Zealand It is currently being shown in New Zealand on Comedy Central New Zealand.
  • FranceBelgium The series currently airs in France and Belgium on MTV France with the title Les Jokers.
  • Italy The series currently airs in Italy on DMAX with the title Cattivissimi amici.
  • Mexico The series currently airs in Mexico on cable companies carrying the Tru TV channel with the original title.
  • Spain The series currently airs in Spain on Neox and Comedy Central Spain with the title Agárralos como Puedas.
  • Brazil The series currently airs in Brazil on TBS with the title Tirando a Maior Onda.
  • Bulgaria The series currently airs in Bulgaria on BTV with the title Шегаджии.[29]
  • Germany The series currently airs in Germany on ProSieben Maxx.[30]
  • Poland The original series currently airs in Poland on TTV.
  • Russia The original series currently airs in Russia on MTV Russia with the title Нереальные подставы (Unreal Trolling).[31]
  • Portugal The show aired on +TVI and Sic Radical with the original title.
  • Malaysia In Malaysia, Impractical Jokers is shown on Warner TV.
  • Netherlands The original series currently airs in the Netherlands on RTL 5.
  • Vietnam The series currently airs in Vietnam on Warner TV.

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