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The Untold Truth Of Impractical Jokers

With all due respect to everything else on the network's schedule, the best thing on TruTV is Impractical Jokers, a hidden camera show featuring four lifelong friends challenging each other to take part in embarrassing situations, with whoever buckles forced to suffer public humiliation. Since the days of Allen Funt messing with people on Candid Camera, getting a good-natured laugh out of unsuspecting marks has been a proud television tradition, and for good reason—in the right hands, this type of thing can be very, very funny. After multiple seasons of Impractical Jokers, we've come to feel like we know these guys—a familiarity that's only deepened because of the revealing nature of the show, which leaves very few parts of the Jokers' private lives off-limits from being on public display. Still, there are plenty of behind-the-scenes stories that even hardcore fans aren't aware of, and with that in mind, here are a few things you may not have known about America's funniest friends. This is the untold truth of Impractical Jokers

Jokers: The Next Generation

In the original pitch for Impractical Jokers, the team wanted to have none other than Star Trek: The Next GenerationX-Men, and Royal Shakespeare Company alumnus Patrick Stewart provide the voiceover narration for the show. As fans are aware, it didn't work out — but it was a pretty inspired idea.

Murr shared the curious note during the "Ask A Joker" web chat following the final episode of the fourth season. "When we first created the show, we wanted the narrator to be Patrick Stewart, and we wanted him to hate us," he revealed. "Like, he'd introduce every challenge like, 'These d—- are at it again! Let's see if they screw up another time!'"

Instead of getting Stewart's dulcet tones yelling the boys down — which, let's face it, probably would've been more distracting than anything — they ended up with the tag-team duo of Drew Patterson and Bill St. James, the underappreciated glue that holds the freewheeling show together.

Stewart did end up making an appearance in the show in a roundabout way, however — or at least his visage did. During the premiere of the fifth season, the guys headed out to New York's Madame Tussauds wax museum, with Sal scoring a shot with Jean-Luc himself. He seems a little distant.

Full Cup

Between 2010 and 2014, Joker Sal Vulcano was a part owner of Full Cup, a beloved music venue and bar in his native Staten Island. Unfortunately, the location ran into financial trouble in 2014 and rebranded itself as Hashtag Bar in early 2016. Sal was quick to mention the bar in his 2013 Reddit AMA, but once the bar started to crash and burn in 2014, he made a public statement saying he hadn't been involved in operations for more than a year and ditched his old business partners, taking his finance degree and leaving them without a business manager.


In their tour documentary, the Jokers credit James Murray with being the unstoppable force behind getting Impractical Jokers on the air. Despite being a reality TV star, Murr still maintains his day job as the Senior VP of Development at North South Productions, which explains why he's the only Joker too busy to have his own podcast, even though he could host one in any of the 17 languages he claims to be able to speak.


James "Murr" Murray is the most professionally put-together of the Impractical Jokers, with his position as a seasoned producer suggesting an ample amount of showbiz savvy. Of course, no matter how talented people end up being in their given field, it usually takes them a lot of work to get there — and what comes before success can often be really, really rough.

Murr got a harsh reminder of his indie film roots on the show when he was presented with his disastrous first feature film Damned!, which he wrote, produced, and directed for release in 1998. As part of a punishment Murr had to endure in the season four episode "Damned If You Do," Murr was forced to watch a packed screening of the movie, and afterwards endure a Q&A. 

Following the misadventures of a modern day teenage Jesus, Murr's debut is amateurish and embarrassing. The most incredible thing about it is that the movie apparently cost $30,000 to make, but it looks like only 40 or 50 bucks actually ended up onscreen.

After Murr's shame was made public, TruTV uploaded the entire 52-minute movie to its website for free streaming, kicked off with a new intro from a good-humored Murr. If you want to see the story of the Bible, but with a lot more butt rock on the soundtrack, you (and only you) should definitely check it out.

Q's first girlfriend

Astute viewers will note that Q has mentioned that his first girlfriend spent some time in prison, and that she's the half-sister of an A-list celebrity. Out of respect for the delicate family situation (and possibly the looming threat of Scientology), Q's never mentioned her by name on the air. However, dedicated Redditors have used information from the show and Q's podcast to limit the possibilities to a very specific area at a very specific time, and deduced that Q dated King of Queens star Leah Remini's half-sister Elizabeth, who was arrested in 2005 for felonious cocaine trafficking. But you didn't hear it from us.

Slap attack

Even though most of the pranks on Jokers are designed to only embarrass the four stars, there have been plenty of times when they've almost come to blows with the unsuspecting public—and twice when they did. Anyone who watches the show knows that all four friends are really polite, respectful guys, but Sal was once slapped when he was forced to tell a woman that her baby was ugly, and also choked by a man whom he'd cut in line as part of a challenge. Apologies were quickly dispensed, and neither segment aired.

Shut down at the ball game

So much of the tension from watching an episode of Impractical Jokers comes down to peoples' reactions to the pranks. You know the feeling we're talking about. Is this the mark that's going to throw a punch that lands? That sort of thing.

Turns out seeing someone absolutely lose it on the Jokers is actually extremely uncomfortable. According to Joe, speaking in an October 2017 "Ask the Jokers" aftershow, the angriest person the production ever encountered took place at the Citi Field during an episode called "Take Me Out of the Ball Game."

The prank, a punishment for Joe, involved stealing baseballs autographed by Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard from the weakest, funniest victims — little kids. The sight of Joe strolling around casually robbing young baseball fans and their parents is one of those "I can't believe what I'm seeing right now" moments that the series is so good at, but things went completely off the rails when one mark went full mama bear on him.

Asked if anyone in show history had ever been as mad at him as the mother was, Joe (and executive producer Pete McParland) responded with certainty. "No," he said. "Never, ever, in a million years has anyone been that upset at anyone on Impractical Jokers."

According to Joe, the mother was so furious that it derailed the whole production. "Our crew did not know what to do," he said — a surprising admission, considering this was a sixth-season episode.

Famous friends

Joe Gatto and a couple of non-Jokers friends host the PBR Podcast, and in 2015, they included AT&T girl (and Impractical Jokers fan) Milana Vayntrub as a guest. She was supposed to appear in a July 2015 episode featuring Sal's hilarious haunted house punishment, but her scenes were cut before it aired. Joe continues to tweet about Milana's charitable efforts, and coincidentally, Joe's own baby daughter is also named Milana.

Sal's tats

One of the most memorable punishments in Jokers history involved three of the Jokers getting tattoos determined by Joe Gatto, who was the only winner of that week's challenge. While Q and Murr's tattoos were meaningful to their lives in a sarcastic way, Sal's tattoo was a huge picture of Jaden Smith on his thigh. Viewers will also notice that Sal already had quite a few tattoos at this point, including tribal bands around his calves. His arm tattoo, however, has a pretty deep meaning to him: it's song lyrics dedicated to a friend that he lost in 2011. Kinda makes that Jaden tattoo look especially cruel.

Sexist or racist?

The cringe comedy element of Impractical Jokers simply cannot be understated — it's part of the show's very bedrock. For people who empathize deeply with others' embarrassment or indignation, the show can be borderline torture to watch. The absolute worst moments — the ones where you really feel for the mark, and almost turn on the Joker — involve the times when one of the guys gets forced to antagonize a mark on the basis of their very identity by throwing out racist quips or acting like a boorish, sexist simpleton.

In an "Ask the Jokers" segment following the 23rd episode of the sixth season, Joe was asked by a viewer whether it's more difficult to pretend to be sexist or racist. At first, the Joker demurred — "I'm trying to think of the right answer here," he said, "Because either way feels like a trap."

Joe moved on during the Q&A, but the question stuck in his mind, with him concluding after a couple of minutes that "it's probably harder to pretend to be sexist." Which in the end, isn't too surprising of an answer. These are Italian boys from Staten Island, after all. Of course they defend the honor of their mothers and their sisters. 


Murr's most notable punishment, and the inspiration for his tattoo, was being forced to skydive despite a serious fear of heights. On air, we see Murr run and threaten to quit the show, but what we don't see is the hour he spent locked in a bathroom, refusing to come out while he sent farewell texts to his friends and family, sure that he would not survive the experience. Both Murr and Sal share a fear of heights, which they'd face again during their later charitable tightrope walk.

Brian's swollen brain

There were a few Jokers episodes where it was very clear that Q was suffering from an illness, and at least one challenge that Q was allowed to skip because of health concerns. Viewers didn't know that Q's problems were far worse than the flu, and after a battery of invasive tests administered by four doctors, a regimen of serious antibiotics, and a misdiagnosis of Lyme disease, Q found out he was actually suffering from serious encephalitis and meningitis. The difference between pre- and post-near-death Q is about 15 pounds, and Jokers filming was put off for at least a week.

Comic Book Man

AMC's Comic Book Men almost featured another member, but Brian "Q" Quinn was stuck in TruTV's contractual grip and couldn't join his good friends on Kevin Smith's nerdy version of Pawn Stars. Q, a lifelong comics fan, appears regularly on a podcast called Tell 'Em Steve-Dave with Comic Book Men's Walt Flanagan and Bryan Johnson, where the trio discuss their efforts to remain decent humans in a world of increasingly difficult people. You know, your average middle-aged man complaints.

Comic Q

As the resident comic book fan on Impractical Jokers, Q gets some perks that other people in the cast can't access. For one, he probably understands the origin story of Cable. But more excitingly, he's also gotten to share some space with Cable's pal Deadpool in the pages of a real-deal comic book.

Thanks to a personal connection with writers Nick Giovannetti and Paul Scheer, Q appeared in the pages of December 2016's Spider-Man/Deadpool #12, his likeness drawn into the comic in an extremely detailed fashion.

"Dream come true to be officially canon in the Marvel 616," he wrote — "616" referring to the universe that serves as Marvel Comics' primary continuity. "And that IS me," he assured readers, as though they wouldn't be able to instantly recognize his familiar, uh, severed head. "I had to sign an appearance form. My boy Todd Nauck drew it."

For a comic book fan, it's one of the coolest Christmas presents you could get — but the fact that the one-page appearance ends in a death by decapitation from a buff, shirtless Santa Claus? That's one of the coolest things that could happen to you ever

The global joke

One of the reasons Impractical Jokers has been able to break 200 episodes and notch a feature film (not to mention air on TruTV for what feels like every day, all day) has to do with how universally relatable the central concept is. 

Just about everyone gets some kind of kick out of watching pranks or practical jokes from a safe distance, but not every person has the same sense of humor. When you start talking different cultures and countries, the gap between tastes in humor gets even bigger — so why not strip things down to the bone and put a local spin on it?

Impractical Jokers is notable for having a diverse catalog of international spinoffs, with localized takes on the Tenderloins' formula reaching from to Brasília to Beirut.

By this point, the Impractical Jokers series has branched off 11 unique versions across five continents, with local versions having been produced specifically for Egypt, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and even the Canadian province of Quebec. 

International crossovers, as you might imagine, are few and far between, though Murr has appeared on the Brazilian and Belgian versions, and met the guys who do the UK version of the show. Who would have thought this foursome of dorks from Staten Island could make such a global, impractical empire?

Focus on the background

One of the accusations that's dogged Impractical Jokers over the years is the same one that gets lobbed at every reality show, that being: "This is fake." In our modern-day world of entertainment that's overproduced to within an inch of its life, it's no surprise the savvy viewer is always looking for the puppet strings.

For the most part, these accusations are generally baseless — just gut suspicions informed by the outlandish nature of some of the crew's daring pranks. But sometimes people have receipts that raise real questions — like when they spot the same extras participating in completely different episodes. That's just the kind of reality TV shenanigans that could make anyone's eyebrows raise.

Fortunately, you don't have to be too skeptical about the show's honesty. Writing in a 2018 Reddit "Ask Me Anything" thread, Q addressed the issue head on, stating unequivocally that "We don't use actors."

Instead, Q said, "We use the people who go to focus groups a lot and sometimes the same person shows up. But they never realize they are on the show for some reason."

Provided what Q's saying is 100% true, it's a pretty reasonable explanation for why you might see the same face once or twice during a TruTV marathon. It's also kind of inspiring — may we all reach such levels of leisure as these focus group hobbyists, just showing up game for whatever for the sake of filling out the day.

The last resort? Cash

The whole point and purpose of Impractical Jokers is to perform bewildering acts in public for the sake of getting the funniest footage possible. Once the production gets that footage, they'll go to just about any length to make sure they can use it.

In order to take footage of people and beam it out across the world, the production has to get signed releases from every mark they want to use onscreen — which can be a pretty tricky proposition when you've just spent five straight minutes royally pissing them off on purpose. 

Sal broke down the process of getting permission from people in a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" thread in 2013. Asked if the production compensates people they offend when they're paying customers at, say, a restaurant, Sal said that they don't — mostly.

"Usually people are pretty cool when they find out it's a show," Sal wrote. "The few who get mad we try to convince otherwise, or they get blurred, or cut from the show. On rare occasion[s] if the person was gold, we try and throw them a few bucks to coerce them."

Our advice? Keep that little bit of info in the back of your mind, just in case the Jokers ever happen to pull a prank on you. No matter how you really feel about it, your best move is to get mad, stay mad — and get paid.

Joke's on Hollywood

In March of 2018, it was announced that the team would be taking on the big screen in their first feature motion picture. (It only took the Jackass guys three seasons, but hey, they had politicians after them when they were on TV.) Finally, the boys from Staten Island will be able to practice their pranking without censorship — and the world might not be ready.

The announcement came at the same time that the series was renewed for a 26-episode eighth season, promising fans of the show more content than they might know what to do with. By the time that order's through, the team will have produced 237 episodes of the little prank show that could. Even without the movie serving as a cherry on top, we've come a long way from the days of The Little Slutty Mermaid.

The plot of the movie, as much as something like this could even be said to have a plot, will apparently revolve around a humiliating incident from the boys' high school days that inspires them to take a road trip, pranking their way across America for a chance, somehow, at redemption. Does it make sense? We're not sure. Does it need to?

Our Italian job

Any fan of Impractical Jokers will tell you that the real pull of the series, after you watch it long enough, isn't necessarily the prank reactions or the elaborate set pieces the guys come up with. What keeps you coming back are the relationships between the cast members, who've been hanging in other's orbits for so long that it's almost surreal.

Speaking in an appearance on Jim and Sam, the Jokers addressed the question of whether being in each other's companies so often caused friction in the group, and whether or not they got on each other's nerves. According to Joe, they don't really have arguments, except occasionally over business decisions they may have different approaches for. But when it comes to social stuff, they're even keel. "We can literally joke about anything," he said. 

Murr pointed out that they're all from Italian backgrounds, growing up experiencing an intimate way of living other people might not be familiar with. "We were raised in loud households," he said. "We have a shorthand, talking to each other. So other people from the outside look at us, it seems like we're screaming at each other. We're just being passionate."

It's a chemistry that's working in their favor now more than ever. With the show set to continue through 2019 and a massive back catalog to their name, their friendship and rowdy fellowship has built them a legacy that will last — and there's nothing impractical about that.

What's the deal with Larry?

Anyone who has caught an episode of "Impractical Jokers" has asked at least once, "Who is this Larry guy?" In an ongoing bit from "Joker" original Joe Gatto, Larry is a faceless man that the comedian will call to in random situations. Whether attempting to startle and confuse unsuspecting citizens or used as a name to get out of uncomfortable situations, Gatto has beckoned for the invisible Larry through countless episodes during the entire series.

The idea of Larry being an imaginary friend may not be the full story. A former crewmember during season one of "Impractical Jokers," Larry Crisci, claims to be the infamous face behind the legend – and his claim may have some credentials behind it, as the show's stars opened up about Larry being a "real guy" in a behind-the-scenes feature. However, Crisci is not a fan of the long-running joke and sued the "Jokers" for $500,000 in 2016. 

Gatto changed his tune about who Larry actually was in an In Touch interview later the same year. "Larry's just a fun name to yell and it's always gotten a rise out of us through the years," Gatto conceded. Meanwhile, co-star James Murray believes there may still be another Larry out there. "One day we'll find him. I don't think he exists, but we'll find him," said Murray.

How the Jokers caught someone having an affair

The premise behind "Impractical Jokers" causes many unsuspecting people to be caught in their most candid moments. The stars of the series have often discussed how difficult it can be to get every stranger in a scene to sign off on having their faces appear on television — which is why you'll see faces blurred out from time to time. However, there have been a few occasions when the show could not use the content because people refused to sign an agreement. Unfortunately, some of these lost moments may be the funniest "Impractical Jokers" scenes that we will never see.

Case in point, Brian Quinn once shared one of his favorite moments from the series with Get Out Magazine. "We did this bit in IKEA, I don't remember what I was doing, [but] this couple, this guy and this girl, were just giving like perfect reactions," Q recalled. "They were kind of buying into it, but not. They were kind of annoyed, and everything worked out great." Yet, when it was revealed that the couple was on a television show, they dropped a bomb. "When we asked them to sign, he was like, 'uh, I would love to, but this isn't my wife, you caught us in an affair, and I would appreciate it if you would not use the footage.'" The situation would have made for a great segment for almost the entire audience, "Not to the wife I guess, but to everybody else it's hysterical," said Q.

One woman really did not appreciate the joke

Consistently airing since 2011, the "Impractical Jokers" have perpetrated hidden camera pranks on countless people. Thankfully, most of their victims can laugh it off and typically find the entire exchange entertaining — especially considering the stars of the show tend to make the biggest fools of themselves rather than unsuspecting strangers. However, there are times when the innocent people caught on camera don't find the "Jokers" exploits all that clever and it has found the show in hot water.

In 2019, one woman was very upset after her face was left unobscured on an episode, despite her not agreeing to sign a waiver. According to the NY Post, Giovanna Santoni-Waldinger was enjoying lunch with her coworkers when a stranger began making unexpected comments within earshot. Unknown to her, she was candidly captured on "Impractical Jokers" for an 88-second bit aired on March 1, 2019. However, after refusing to allow her face to be used for the series, the episode failed to blur her out. "I saw what they did and it's not right," she said after filing a lawsuit with the Manhattan Supreme Court. "I just want justice."

The Joker's have taken a lot of injuries throughout the series

While the "Jokers" usually try to hurt each other's egos, sometimes they put their physical bodies on the line for the sake of a good laugh. Most notoriously, was the season five finale, "Nitro Circus Spectacular,", which saw not one but two jokers walk away with injuries. The episode featured the stars attempting obstacle courses inspired by "Nitro Circus" for the sake of collecting money for charity — and entertaining audiences along the way. Unfortunately, when Brian Quinn gave a course a trial run on a quad bike, he broke several ribs and was unable to compete during the live performance. Subsequently, Joe Gatto took a tumble and hit his head, although he was okay after laying still for a short period, the comedian was more concerned that he was going into cardiac arrest because of all the physical activity.

Nevertheless, the active episode was not the only time the "Jokers" were injured. The climactic challenges they face at the end of the episodes can be some of their most dangerous stunts. During "Impractical Jokers: British Invasion," Murr and Joe took multiple shots from professional soccer players, forced to play goalie as a punishment. Another episode featured Murr receiving second-degree burns after being trapped inside an ice cream trolley and carted away. Through the many bumps, cuts, and bruises the "Jokers" have received throughout the years, audiences appreciate them putting their bodies on the line.

An Impractical Jokers animated series?

"Impractical Jokers" is a series that relies heavily on improvisation, impulse, and genuine off-the-cuff reactions. By nature, the show only works because audiences can witness how ordinary people respond to the Jokers' over-the-top commentary and actions. It would be difficult to picture how the hidden camera series could be accomplished without the candid moments. And it is almost impossible how the show could be adapted into any other media, especially animation. However, the concept of an "Impractical Jokers" animated series may be closer to reality than expected.

In a 2020 interview with What Culture, Brian 'Q' Quinn revealed potential future projects for the Jokers. "Every few years, it gets kicked around of how we can do 'Impractical Jokers' in the animated arena," he said. "I love that idea. We can't do hidden camera, obviously, but it keeps popping up from the network." There has been no other word about the potential cartoon as Q admits that the series has already exceeded his expectations. "I never thought it would go this far," the comedian said. "I'm frequently like, 'When is this going to wrap up? I can't believe it's gone on this long.'" Still, an animated spin-off could easily be the next project fans witness from the Jokers.

Q's least favorite punishment

Undoubtedly, the boys of "Impractical Jokers" have undergone some terrible punishments. At the end of every episode at least one of the stars is forced into their worst nightmares. Whether poking at each other's fears, embarrassment, or ego, it is a guarantee that someone is going to have a rough time — that is what fans watch for, after all. Still, some punishments go to the extreme such as getting permanent tattoos or jumping out of airplanes.

Fans believe that Brian 'Q' Quinn faced the worst punishment of them all when he pretended to be a children's art teacher who was forced into ruining his student's paintings by brushing a large red "X" over every canvas. As awkward as the infamous scene is, Q doesn't even rank it amongst his most brutal punishments. "I used to say teaching my parents Sex Ed was bad," Q said in an interview with Digital Spy. "Then, they did a bit where they did a play about my life," he remembers, "that was horrible because all my friends were making fun of me, and I was reminded that I was useless."

Q has his own least favorite: "I think it's when they put tarantulas on me." However, the comedian has also shared that being forced to constantly ring the bell on a tram at Universal Studios without ever getting off was "the worst." "That took over an hour to shoot," Q revealed in an interview with Celebrity Gamerz. "That's a long time to be ruining people's vacation, for people to be hating you."

How thousands of fans helped Murr propose

Having hundreds of thousands of fans across the country certainly has its perks. Especially when you can use that clout to pull off an impressively romantic gesture. That is what one of the "Impractical Jokers" accomplished when it came time to pop the big question to his long-time girlfriend in 2019.

James 'Murr' Murray had been dating his partner Melyssa Davies for some time before he knew she was the girl he wanted to marry. Murr masterminded his proposal while on tour with the rest of the Jokers. Through many fan interactions, the comedian would record them asking Davies to marry him. "The fans kept it secret all this time," Murr told People Magazine. Finally, after the couple purchased a new home in New Jersey, it was time for the big moment.

"I set up a picnic and champagne and a Scrabble board. I took her there to sign 'documents' [about the house] — there were no documents to sign," he said. "Thank God she said yes." Meanwhile, his video collection was the icing on top of the wedding cake "I got to show her a video of probably 40,000 or 50,000 people asking her to marry me. It's literally fans from all across America, including Comic-Con, which is 20,000 people in one shot, asking Melyssa to marry me." The proposal was successful, and the pair tied the knot in 2020.

The Joker's Covid-friendly spin-off

While putting a pause on the entire world, Covid-19 could have significantly halted the entire "Impractical Jokers" operation. The show depends on social interaction, especially when they can get a large crowd together for the most candid reactions possible. Unfortunately, the hidden camera show simply wasn't possible during Covid restrictions, so the boys had to get creative.

Thankfully, the comedy group known as the Tenderloins are no strangers to coming up with innovative ideas to entertain their fans. The comedians have manufactured a few different shows spinning off from their original format, including "Impractical Jokers: After Party," where the stars commentate on past jokes and challenges with host Joey Fatone, or the short-lived skit series "Jokers Wild." However, for Covid-19, the group put together something special for fans: "Impractical Jokers: Dinner Party." The series was recorded via social distancing, with the Jokers sharing dinner and chatting with guests from the comfort of their homes. The series lasted for 16 episodes alongside their appearances on the TruTV gameshow series, "The Misery Index."

Q and Murr's stint with wrestling

Wrestling entertainment has had its fair share of celebrities take part in the high-flying antics, from Mr. T teaming up with Hulk Hogan for the first "WrestleMania" to YouTuber Logan Paul joining the ranks of the WWE superstars. Still, it was a shock for fans of AEW Elite Wrestling, when the stars of "Impractical Jokers" arrived to stir up trouble with professional wrestler Chris Jericho. James Murray and Brian Quinn had a temporary run as the foils to Jericho, most notably stealing the athlete's baseball bat and subsequently receiving a beatdown for calling it small.

However, the Jokers' short-lived 2023 wrestling career was no small feat. Quinn discussed the possibility of the project on the Tell Em Steve Dave podcast months before it manifested on AEW. "I got an offer to begin a wrestling career, pro wrestling. As a wrestler," the Joker said. "It would only be for a one-time, gimmick, storyline, but I have to go down to Atlanta to train, 10 to 15 days." Surprisingly, at the time, the comedian was unsure if he would go through with it if he couldn't bring his co-stars along, "I told them, 'It has to be extended to everybody.' I don't think they would do it." Ultimately, Murray joined Quinn for the temporary cameo on "AEW Rampage," ending with them being slammed through a table.

Why Joe Gatto left the show

While "Impractical Jokers" continues to be one of the best shows on TruTV, the foursome has sadly lost one of its original members. Much to the disappointment of fans, Joe Gatto stepped away from the series and the rest of the Tenderloins projects at the end of 2021. After nine seasons on "Impractical Jokers," and the feature-length "Impractical Jokers: The Movie," Gatto retired from the comedy troupe.

However, many fans were left scratching their heads during the second half of season nine when Gatto was absent from the series. That is because the comedian quietly walked away sharing one post on Instagram about his intentions on December 31, 2021. "Alongside my friends, I've devoted a decade of my life to building this franchise and couldn't be prouder of what has been accomplished," read the statement. "However, due to some issues in my personal life, I have to step away." Gatto went on to explain the changes he was facing, "Bessy [Haggar, Joe's wife since 2013] and I have decided to amicably part ways, so now I need to focus on being the best father and co-parent to our two incredible kids." Thankfully, Gatto takes comfort in knowing that his long-running series is in good hands, "Outside of my family, my relationships with Murr, Q, and Sal have been the most important in my life. I know they will continue to make the world laugh."

Sal wants one famous actor to take over for Joe

Since Joe Gatto officially retired from "Impractical Jokers," the stars have avoided adding a permanent fourth member to their ranks. Instead, season 10 opted for a rotating door of special guest stars to fill in the gaping hole left by Gatto. Post Malone, Paul Rudd, Kesha, and John Mayer are a few of the celebrity names that have joined in the "Impractical" antics. However, there is still an open position as the fourth member of the Tenderloins that is ripe for the taking — at least to the right talent.

While the guest-of-the-week system seemingly worked out well for the "Impractical Jokers," Sal Vulcano has at least one comedian that he would like to see fill the role. "The person I'm actually putting out into the universe that I want to get on is Jack Black," Sal admitted to E! News. "He's like a hero of mine. I think he's so versatile. He's so funny. I just feel like he'd be a really, really, really good fit." Jack Black would make for a hilarious guest on the series; unfortunately, the voice of Bowser in the hit "Super Mario Bros. Movie" is likely too busy to become a regular member of "Impractical Jokers."

Who is the all-time most punished Joker?

Anyone who has been a fan of "Impractical Jokers" through its ten seasons and the feature-length movie has had one question on their mind: who gets punished the most? Audiences know that the Jokers receive their punishments for failing to accomplish their embarrassing missions throughout each episode. As such, some Jokers who will seemingly do or say anything, like Joe Gatto, have gotten off easy when it comes to punishments. However, the rest of the quartet is much closer in their numbers than you would expect.

A few years ago, one dedicated fan decided to tally up all the punishments and find out who received the most punishments up to the finale of season eight. Sharing the findings on Reddit, it revealed that Sal Vulcano was the frontrunner, undergoing 68 punishments, only one of which he failed to finish. Leading Q (51) and Murr (63), Sal has extended his lead in the last two seasons adding 13 more punishments to his name. Meanwhile, Murr has succumbed to 12 more punishments, while Q has taken it easy in comparison, with seven.