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Impractical Jokers

Recently I've been watching the TV series Impractical Jokers. It's an American hidden camera comedy show starring 4 friends who challenge each other to play practical jokes on the unsuspecting public. The set-up is that the Joker (what they call themselves) is given a challenge to do but he doesn't know all the details and the others often tell him what to do or say by microphone. Impractical Jokers started in 2011 and there have been 4 series/seasons so far.

The stars of the show are comedy troupe The Tenderloins. The troupe was set-up in the late 90s by James Murray (nicknamed Murr), Joe Gatto, Sal Vulcano and Mike Boccio, who went to school together in Staten Island, New York. Mike later left and was replaced by Brian Quinn (aka Q)..

Often the Joker is given a task to complete out in public, for example to move along a supermarket aisle only while somebody else is looking at him, or to get a stranger to say a particular word, such as "vis a vis". Another type of prank involves one or two Jokers teaching a seminar where they say silly and/or shocking things. At the end the participants have to say whether they got anything out of it. Anyone who doesn't complete the task or fails to get any positive votes loses. They all compete against each other and the loser (or losers) has to do a really embarrassing task!

Impractical Jokers is a funny show. There are a lot of cringey moments! There's also a UK version but I don't think I've seen that, will look out for it.

Impractical Jokers is currently showing in the UK on the TV channels ComedyCentral and ComedyXtra. There's a special for Father's Day on this Monday.

Here's a clip of Q teaching an art class!





And here is what happened when Sal and Joe lost and have to open a concert for the band Imagine Dragons:




For more on the show visit the official website: http://www.trutv.com/shows/impractical-jokers/index.html

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