Impractical Jokers is an American hidden camera reality game show with improvisational elements. Produced by NorthSouth Productions, Impractical Jokers premiered on truTV on December 15, 2011 starring the four members of The Tenderloins: Joseph “Joe” Gatto, James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn and Salvatore “Sal” Vulcano.
A typical episode is a series of competitive games of dare, in which each joker receives either a thumbs up or thumbs down for his performance. At the climax, the joker who tallied the most thumbs down is the loser and is thereby subjected to a “punishment”. The games are contrived scenarios in which one joker is challenged to embarrass himself by engaging with unwitting members of the general public, receiving commands from the other jokers who are orchestrating and surveying the bizarre scenario from behind the scenes with covert recording equipment. The most common premise is “you refuse – you lose.” The intro describes the show as, “scenes of graphic stupidity among four lifelong friends who compete to embarrass each other.” The games are loosely structured, relying heavily upon improvisation.
AND….In the 200th episode, Murr was the loser and had to face his punishment… His ‘forfeit’ was to be in ‘the band’, the band Steel Panther– not a singer or guitarist and not quite a drummer but in the kick drum…. Watch the video and enjoy…..