truTV’s first live event features the Impractical Jokers in a Punishment Special

Jeff Pfeiffer

In celebration of their 100th episode of the hit series Impractical Jokers, hosts Joe, Sal, Q and Murr announced recently that they will take on their most challenging dare yet: a high-wire walk five stories in the air above New York City during the show’s first-ever live “punishment extravaganza,” hosted by Howie Mandel.


To prepare for the event, the Jokers upon the expertise of Ringling Bros. Circus clown and “World’s Greatest Dare Devil” Bello Nock, to provide training and tips on the art of successful tightrope walking. With multiple cameras positioned to capture every moment and New York City’s South Street Seaport as the backdrop, the quartet known for challenging one another to do the most outrageous dares in public will attempt to outdo each other to see who can walk the farthest distance.

On that last point, fans get can engaged on social media to argue about whom they think actually will walk the farthest. Twitter will feature the #LivePunishment hashtag, and fans can tweet their votes using hashtags for each Joker: #TeamMurr, #TeamQ, #TeamSal or #TeamJoe. A poll will be featured during the live show, counting up the Twitter votes in real time. The Jokers will be walking for various charities: Doctors Without Borders (Sal,) Daniel’s Music Foundation (Joe,) Make-A-Wish (Murr) and Stephen Siller Foundation (Q). Each receives a charitable contribution, determined by how far of a distance each Joker walks.

In the days leading up to the event, truTV will have other programming related to the Impractical Jokers:

Monday, Aug. 31, at 10pm ET – “Impractical Jokers: Anatomy of a Challenge” will take viewers behind the curtain for an inside look at how the guys put together some of the series’ most memorable moments.

Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 10pm – “Impractical Jokers: Unseen Scenes” unveils incredibly awkward, laugh-out-loud bits that were left on the cutting room floor.

Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 10pm – “Impractical Jokers: FAN-tastic Countdown Presented by Geico” rolls out the all-time greatest challenges and punishments from the previous episodes.

Thursday, Sept. 3, at 11am – Viewers and fans can enjoy a full-day marathon of their favorite “Impractical Jokers” episodes.

The Impractical Jokers Live Punishment Special airs Sept. 3 live at 10pm ET on truTV.


Photo: David S. Holloway/truTV


  1. Why do you guys have Howie Mandell hosting? You DO NOT need him! You are your own brand! Built yourself. Don’t let him ruin your rise. He adds nothing to the show! DO it yourself!!!!!

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