Impractical Jokers: Inside Jokes
Impractical Jokers: Inside Jokes
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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Impractical Jokers: Inside Jokes is a reality comedy show in which four friends try to embarrass each other by making one of them do or say outlandish things in a public setting. There's sexual innuendo (one of the cast members says his name is on the stick of a freezer pop and a lady customer better get "licking") and language (including "oh my God," and "son of a b---h"). The show's humor also aims at pranking unsuspecting members of the public, though people are told the truth afterwards. One of the settings in a prank is in a bingo parlor, and patrons are seen smoking.
The default descriptions about the show on this page are VERY misleading
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What's the Story?
Four friends try to embarrass each other by creating situations and feeding lines to one of the cast members in an attempt to push the envelope of taste while playing somewhat harmless pranks on the public. Comedians Brian "Q" Quinn, James "Murr" Murray, Joe Gatto, and Sal Vulcano set up in various locations with one member of the troupe on camera dealing with the public while the other three feed him lines that can sometimes be awkward in an effort to get a reaction from the public as well as the cast member on camera. At the end of the episode, one of the cast members is deemed the loser of that episode and has to endure a punishment created by the other three -- which can mean further and more intense humiliation.
Is It Any Good?
If "awkward" always equaled "funny," this series would be hilarious. Most of the time, though, it falls flat and the only people laughing are the three off-camera members of the troupe. The pranks can go a bit too far -- as when one of the cast members has to wear shorts in a freezer pop cart filled with dry ice, resulting in burns to his legs. (Pop-up dialogue boxes do attempt to show that no member of the public was taken advantage of, or to provide some context to the jokes.) There's little doubt that the prankers have some comedic props, from funny facial expressions to solid delivery of the lines they're fed. And the initial situations they find themselves in offer the potential for some good, though juvenile, humor.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about humor. What makes you laugh? Is it funny to play practical jokes on people you don't know? What about people you do know?
Do you think reality TV shows everything that happens? Or is it edited to create a certain outcome?
- Premiere date: July 14, 2016
- Cast: Joe Gatto, Brian Quinn, Sal Vulcano, James Murray
- Network: truTV
- Genre: Comedy
- TV rating: TV-14
- Last updated: March 2, 2022
Our Editors Recommend
No-frills, kid-staged pranks make for funny family comedy.
Hidden-camera prank show has laughs, language, innuendo.
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Hilarious improv comedy has some risque stuff.
For kids who love comedy
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