‘Impractical Jokers’ Discusses Their Show’s Success: ‘It’s Still Surreal To This Day’

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Ten years later and the “Impractical Jokers” are still stunned by the success of their reality show.

Joe Gatto, Sal Vulcano, James Murray and Brian Quinn first met about 30 years ago in high school before launching a comedy empire.

The group is internationally known for their reality TV show – which released its first episode in December 2011 – and three of the wildcards told Fox News Digital how “surreal” their success still is to them.

(LR) Joe Gatto, Sal Vulcano, Brian Quinn and James Murray of "Inconvenient Wildcards" spoke with Fox News Digital about their upcoming 10th season.
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(LR) Joe Gatto, Sal Vulcano, Brian Quinn and James Murray of ‘Impractical Jokers’ spoke with Fox News Digital about their upcoming 10th season.
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“It’s common for us to do the show because we work with our friends and the crew is our friends, and it’s just our lives, and that’s awesome,” Brian “Q” Quinn said.

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“But if I step back and look at it, it’s kind of mind blowing like that. We’re still doing this ten years later with the same people and stuff like that. Like it’s kind of beautiful.”

The group then told them that it was like they were filming their show and then “showing our home video to people”.

“When you take a minute to think about its real reach and who it’s impacted on, it’s still to this day, surreal,” Sal Vulcano said.

The “Impractical Jokers” have filmed 9 seasons, with the 10th season airing Thursday starring Jillian Bell.

Jillian Bell will be the guest star of the first episode of the 10th season of "impractical jokers," Thursday.

Jillian Bell will guest star on the 10th season premiere of “Impractical Jokers” on Thursday.
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The band noted that Bell “is just a comedic genius” and during one of the sketches, “she improvised so well”.

Meanwhile, Gatto announced in January that he would not be appearing on the show’s 10th season amid his divorce from his wife.

Joe Gatto will not participate in the 10th season of '"Inconvenient Wildcards" because he deals with the divorce of his wife of eight years, Bessy Gatto.

Joe Gatto will not be appearing on the 10th season of “Impractical Jokers” as he struggles with the divorce from his wife of eight years, Bessy Gatto.
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The 45-year-old comedian announced his departure via a lengthy Instagram post, which has since been deleted.

“Alongside my friends, I have dedicated a decade of my life to building this franchise and I couldn’t be prouder of what has been accomplished. However, due to some issues in my personal life, I gotta walk away,” Gatto wrote. , then mentioning his wife of eight years. “Bessy and I have decided to amicably part ways, so now I have to focus on being the best father and co-parent to our two amazing children.”

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The Wildcards also shared with Fox News Digital what Season 10 of their show will look like and how it will be different from their previous seasons.

“You know, the way this season works is that each episode ends with a different celebrity as part of the punishment, which really adds a whole new life and energy to the show and the season ahead,” said James Murray. of the new season.

The "Inconvenient Wildcards" first met about 30 years ago in high school before launching their comedy empire.

The “Impractical Jokers” first met about 30 years ago in high school before launching their comedy empire.
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The group shared that celebrity guests will include Colin Jost, Method Man, Chris Jericho, David Cross, Rob Riggle, Adam Pally, Eric Andre and more. The men call their guests a “cosmic gumbo” in the upcoming season.

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The members shared that Cross is a comedian the band looked up to and had been all of their fans for decades. “Punishing me, of all people, was a dream come true,” Vulcano shared.

“So these people are all organic to us,” he continued. “We have relationships with all of them and that’s how we book the show, it’s like friends of ours who are thrilled to be there and there’s no barrier to entry with them.”

(L-R) James Murray, Sal Vulcano, Joe Gatto and Brian Quinn attend the Impractical Jokers: Homecoming exhibition opening event, 2018.

(L-R) James Murray, Sal Vulcano, Joe Gatto and Brian Quinn attend the Impractical Jokers: Homecoming exhibition opening event, 2018.
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The “Impractical Jokers” described their show as an action-packed, nerve-wracking, “once in a generation type of show”.

The group came together to share that they would love to have Larry David, Steve Carrell, Cindy Crawford and Bill Murray on an episode of their show.

Fox News’ Larry Fink and Danielle Wallace contributed to this report.

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