THREE GUYS AND… IMPRACTICAL JOKERS
series created by Marvin Mercer and Nick Stephenson
“THE GENIUS OF IMPRACTICAL JOKERS”
written by Dominick Cappello
Scoopski Potatoes! It was very important for me to attend the “Impractical Jokers” panel at New York Comic Con 2016. Being from Staten Island, I wanted to support the pride and joy of the borough. Brian Quinn (aka Q), Joe Gatto, Sal Vulcano, & James Murray (aka Murr). A comic troupe known as The Tenderloins became stars on TruTV in 2011. The show just began its sixth season. There have been many amazing challenges over the past six years. Throwing toilet paper into shopping carts at a grocery store. Sal being forced to drink water from a public pool. Murr calling for his mommy in a department store. Q speaking in Old English while manning the register at White Castle (aka the Castle of White). Joe not wanting to kiss the hot girl in purple at the food court because he would have to do it in front of his lovely wife. Joe is the most fearless of The Jokers, so his family is his only Achilles’ heel. All the memorable punishments like Sal and Joe having to be the opening act for the Imagine Dragons and Q having to wrestle Tommy Dreamer. Recurring characters such as Benjamin Cat, Fat Crow, and Sloppy Joe. But, I think we can all agree that the best episode is “The Permanent Punishment.” Season 3: Episode 26. The first challenge was for The Jokers to pose as security guards in a drug store. Murr’s turn was the best. A guy started giving him a hard time because he was wearing a fanny pack, so Murr attempted to arrest him and challenged him to an arm wrestling match. The next challenge was to attach balloons to unsuspecting people at a grocery store. Then, because it must have looked like fun, a man took it upon himself to take one of the balloons and attach it someone else. The Jokers declared this man the new champion. The episode culminated with a three way punishment. Joe was able to choose tattoos for his friends. Q got a tattoo that read “38. Lives Alone. Has 3 Cats.” I actually find that to be endearing. Q’s a good guy. Murr’s tattoo was a skydiving ferret since one of the great punishments in the history of the show was when Murr was forced to skydive and he screamed like a bitch the whole time. Also, he looks like a ferret. Sal’s tattoo was the best thing ever… maybe in the history of television. I don’t think it can ever be topped because it was Jayden Smith. That’s right. A tattoo of Will Smith’s son on his thigh. He can never live it down and it has been referenced in numerous episodes since. How can you not love this show? In closing, I would like to say congratulations to four guys from Staten Island and I wish them continued success in the future.
– Dr. Jelly