truTV’s “Impractical Jokers” mixes “Candid Camera” with “Jackass”

By Stacey Harrison


Only best friends could humiliate each other so thoroughly.

That’s the thinking behind the new hidden-camera comedy series Impractical Jokers, which features four longtime bros who put each other through dares aimed at maximizing public humiliation. This is accomplished by sending each man out individually and having what he says and does be dictated to him by his cackling buddies, who are feeding him their demands through an earpiece. In trying to get customers at a White Castle counter to leave tips, that means having to be flirtatious, staying completely silent, or even saying everything in an Old English parlance. Or maybe you have to get random people to sign a petition — the topic of which you don’t know until you open up the envelope after the complete stranger has agreed to sign. The guy who comes in last after all the challenges must then undergo a supersized public humiliation as punishment.

“If there’s one thing friends know how to do, it’s push each other’s buttons,” says James “Murr” Murray, who makes up the gang along with Brian “Q” Quinn, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano. “These guys know everything about me for the past 20 years, and I know everything about them. So I know all their neuroses, all the things that drive them crazy, the things they will and won’t do, the things that drive them totally nuts.”

The guys met during their freshman year of high school in Staten Island, N.Y., and got back together after going their separate ways in college to form The Tenderloins comedy troupe. Their goal remains the same as it was back then — to make each other laugh.

“It’s always about embarrassing ourselves and each other,” he says. “The public is there to witness it and laugh at it — laugh at us — but it’s a lighthearted thing, friends screwing with each other. … It’s not mean-spirited.”

Impractical Jokers premieres Thursday, Dec. 15, at 10pm on truTV.

Photo: Credit: Jeremy Freeman

 

6 Comments on truTV’s “Impractical Jokers” mixes “Candid Camera” with “Jackass”

  1. This show is fall off your chair funny. I laugh so hard, I nearly cry. Love these four guys. Want more of them!

  2. This was the funniest show ever, I really looked forward to watching every Thursday night. Now it’s nothing but dumb towing shows(really, how entertaining is that?) Please bring back Impractical Jokers!!!

  3. What happened to Impractical Jokers this past week February 23rd! I hope it’s not over I looked forward to it every Thurs. night! All of a sudden it’s been replaced? I LOVED this show!!! What happened?? Please bring this show back!!!

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