The Impractical Jokers is a popular American hidden camera reality show where most of its action is unplanned. It can be described as synonymous with Improvisational Theatre.
The show focuses on wit and a typical episode of the show can be a series of games where the four participants take part in a game where each of them either gets a thumb up or otherwise. Another episode can be in the form of a “truth or dare” game.
The Impractical Jokers is produced by Northsouth Productions and it premiered on 15th December 2011 on TruTv starring Joe Gatto, James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn, and Sal Vulcano, the four members of The Tenderloins.
The show is directed by Peter Fowkes, P. J. Morrison, and Andrew Food and it is currently in its 9th season. A feature-length film of the show was released on February 21, 2020, after production began at the end of April 2018.
Who are the guys on Impractical Jokers?
As expected, being popular in the American entertainment space comes with some sort of “discomfort” – media attention, a “plague” the celebrities have no choice but to live with.
The guys on the show include Joseph Anothony Gatto Jr, a native of New York City borough of Staten Island, James Stephen “Murr” Murray, also a native of New York City borough of Staten Island, Brian Michael “Q” Quinn, a Brooklyn native and Salvatore Edward Anthony Vulcano, a native of New York City borough of Staten Island but also of Cuban, Puerto-Rican and Italian descent.
Fans are inquisitive as ever to know more about the private lives of the guys on the Impractical Jokers even though their lives are in the public space already.
A lot of questions have been asked about them especially as regards their sexuality considering their show is an all-male show. You wouldn’t exactly blame their fans or the media for thinking that way. But the question remains? Are the Impractical Jokers gays?
This article is an overview of the lives of the guys on the Impractical Jokers and it also attempts to provide answers to frequently asked questions about them.
How old are the Impractical Jokers?
The guys on the popular reality hidden camera show are almost age mates except for one.
Joseph Anthony Gatto Jr. Was born on June 5, 1976. He is 45 years old. He was born in Staten Island and he attended Monsignor Farrell High School alongside his other three colleagues. How interesting? He attended a private University in Brooklyn, New York where he bagged a Bachelors’s degree in Accounting.
James Stephen Murray was also born on Staten Island. He was born on May 1, 1976. He is 45 years old as well. He is of Italian and Irish descent and also attended the same high school as Joe Gatto (Joseph Anthony Gatto Jr) but a different University. He graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Brian Michael Quinn was born on March 14, 1976. He is 45 years old. He is of Irish and Italian descent as well. He attended New York College before serving in the New York Fire Service Department for eight years between 2008 and 2016.
Salvatore Edward Anthony Vulcano is the youngest of the quartet. He was born on November 6, 1976. He is 44 years old. He was one of the members of the Improvisation Club in high school. The club was considered as one of the ways of expressing themselves and meeting girls. He bagged an undergraduate degree at St. John’s University in 1998.
Impractical Jokers Net Worth
As of 2021, the Impractical Jokers’ net worth is $20 million, making each of them worth $5 million.
Are the Impractical Jokers Gays?
This most asked questions about the quartet as regards their sexuality. The answer to this question is yes. Two of the guys on the show are gays. James Murray and Sal Volcano.
Murray got married to Jenna Vulcano, the sister of Sal Vulcano in 2014 but barely 24 hours after their marriage, it got dissolved. The dissolution came as a joke, but it turned to be real as both couples failed to be compatible. James admitted to being gay after Volacano’s confession of being gay too.
“Seeing you being so courageous. Inspires me to confess something of my own. Fellas, I am gay too”
However, Sal Vulcano has since denied being gay on the belief that he only admitted enabling Murray to declare his sexuality.
Joe Gatto is a married member of the crew. He got married to a lady named Bessy in a low-key wedding and they both had a daughter and a son. The couple welcomed their first daughter in May 2015 while their son Remington Joseph Gatto, born on 31 July 2017.
Brian in an interview confirmed the marital status of Joe Gatto;
“Yeah, Joe’s the only one that’s married. The rest of us are not yet, which is gettin’ a little weird ’cause we’re hittin’ 40…’’
Brian isn’t married nor dating anyone for now. The last reported relationship he had was together with his ex-girlfriend, Emily Amick.
They both dated a few times but later broke up. While they were together, both are spotted repeatedly within the public and social media. Amick was a makeup artist for the Impractical Jokers.
Impractical Jokers Criticism
The show has received a wide range of acceptance by the media as well as the fans. The show has been praised for its unique approach to the art of black comedy. It has also been compared to other shows such as Candid Camera and Jackass.
Below are some of the criticisms of the show:
Linda Stasi of New York Post
” It is possibly the funniest, most ridiculous show I’ve seen in years.”
Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times
“The gag pays off twice: once in the reaction of the unsuspecting passer-by, once in the discomfort of the fellow doing the asking.”
Dean Robbins of The Daily Page
“The friends are jovial rather than Jackass-obnoxious, even rejecting some dares as too offensive.”
The Impractical Jokers has been well received. It recorded 1.5 million viewers during its December 15, 2011, premiere.
Guest Appearances on the Impractical Jokers
Daniel Ribacoff, Dan Reynolds, Wayne Sermon, and Casey Jost have appeared have once appeared on the show. Joey Fatone and Tommy Dreamer, featured in the show in its third season while in the fourth season, the audience had the pleasure of seeing Soren Thompson, Danica McKellar, and Byamba on the show.
Impractical Jokers Social Media
The crew have a strong presence on social media and they are very active. They have 880,000 followers on Twitter, and 1.7m followers on Instagram. They also have a YouTube channel with
Yeah, I mean there’s always the chance of it. And that kind of keeps us on our toes when we are filming the regular show. If we lose then there’s a real air of tension because most of the punishments are kept a secret from each other. And that day… the day of the punishments.” Sal Volcano
“I have a problem with that day…. because that day we filmed two punishments back to back. We filmed me jumping out of an airplane and then went over to the cornfield to punish Sal. Two in the same day. And he goes on and on and on about how terrified he was. I fell 14,000 feet free-fall, not knowing if the parachute would open.” – James Murray
For us, I think the hard thing was finding the right format for what we do. We are organically best friends, you know. We’ve been doing this kind of ‘embarrassment’ humor all our lives and so when we created the format for the Jokers show… it just shows off our friendship in a nice way.” – James Murray
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