‘Impractical Jokers’ is an American reality television comedy game show series that employs covert cameras scattered throughout the set to capture uproarious scenarios.
The show made its debut on truTV, produced by NorthSouth Productions, on December 15, 2011, starring the four members of The Tenderloins: Joe Gatto, James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn, and Sal Vulcano.
The series revolves around the four comedians who challenge each other to competitive games of dares, pranks, and tricks, earning either approval or disapproval for their individual performances. The person amassing the most disapprovals is subjected to an exceedingly humiliating, painful, and disgusting punishment.
Furthermore, the defeated member is not permitted to refuse the given punishment, or else the hosts of the TV show, The Tenderloins, will be less forgiving. The show centers on lifelong friends who revel in competing and causing embarrassment to one another.
‘Impractical Jokers’ stands apart from other comedy shows with its remarkably clever humor and natural slapstick comedy, infused with a unique twist.
The member about to execute a prank or an extremely unsettling social experiment remains unaware of the details until the moment they perform it among a group of random people or bystanders, while hidden cameras stand ready to capture the action from various angles.
Series in Progress
The television series had its own history before achieving the success and recognition it currently enjoys. The Tenderloins made their initial television appearance when they participated in NBC’s “It’s Your Show” and emerged victorious, winning the grand prize of $100,000.
Subsequently, they began filming for a scripted sitcom for Spike TV, but unfortunately failed to capture much attention from audiences.
Later on, “Impractical Jokers,” originally titled “Mission: Uncomfortable,” came into being when TruTV announced its premiere in March 2011.
Since then, their fame and influence have skyrocketed, culminating in their momentous 200th episode in the upcoming season of September 2020.
‘Impractical Jokers’ has been well-received and lauded by critics, being hailed as possibly the most humorous and ludicrous comedy show on television compared to others.
Evidently, the genuine friendship among these four comedians has successfully transformed their small fandoms into a multi-platform media phenomenon, encompassing their own brand, merchandise, and live-show tickets, which sell out instantly when announced online.
The Tenderloins have amassed millions of supporters from all corners of the globe, continuing to expand their fan base to this day.
Additionally, the television series has become the number one comedy series on cable, with an average of 780,000 viewers tuning in to the live stream, reaching over 1.2 million total viewers every week.
Television Series Cast
For those who have just come across this TV show, the cast includes Joseph “Joe” Gatto, James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn, and Salvatore “Sal” Vulcano, long-time high school friends who ventured into improvisational comedy from the New York City borough of Staten Island.
They eventually formed their own comedy troupe called The Tenderloins, which catapulted them to fame. The Tenderloins achieved immense success through their hilarious acts, earning them a diverse global fandom.
The show also features guest appearances from various artists who are up for a challenge, such as Tristin Mays, Yanni, and Dave Jacobs, to name a few from the recent season.
As seasons 1 to 8 have secured a place in the hearts of their fans, The Tenderloins remain intact, complete, and prepared to embark on the ninth season with gusto and a plethora of entertaining skits.
Since its premiere, the TV comedy series has been produced by NorthSouth Productions and directed by Peter Fowkes and P. J. Morrison, with support from Warner Bros. Television, who assisted in distributing the series.
Impractical Jokers Season 9 Release Date
“Impractical Jokers” Season 1 debuted in 2011 and has consistently garnered demand from fans, as evidenced by its high ratings on the network.
Recently, Season 8 premiered in March 2019, boasting 26 impressive episodes, which concluded on screen a year later.
Now, fervent “Impractical Jokers” fans are eagerly awaiting another exhilarating season, as the show has been renewed for its ninth season, announced during a special live-streamed interview at Pepco Park in San Diego.
This September, “Impractical Jokers” will grace viewers’ screens through HBO Max, comprising 26 remarkably hilarious episodes.
Season 9 Official Trailer
Take a glimpse below to get an overview of the exciting developments in the upcoming season, and perhaps catch a glimpse of your favorite comedian’s pranks and humorous escapades.