Characters / Impractical Jokers

The four stars of the hit comedy reality TV series, Impractical Jokers.

In general:

  • Butt-Monkey: All four have their moments, given that it's essentially the premise of the show, but Murr gets it the worst because he's treated this way even outside the challenges.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Q is Melancholic, Murr is Sanguine, Joe is Choleric and Sal is Phlegmatic.
  • Gag Haircut: In the Season 1 finale - Joe got a mullet, Q got bright red curls, Sal got two bleached horns, and Murr's head was completely shaved except for a tuft at the front.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: They may be best friends, but the amount of hell they're willing to throw each other's way has to be seen to be believed at times.

Brian Michael "Q" Quinn

"I'm thirty-six, I live alone, and I have two cats."

  • Badass Beard: Starting mid-Season 2.
  • Butt-Monkey: Started down this road in season 2; the other guys suddenly started to give him worse punishments than ever (probably because he's won so many), culminating in the episode where they would pull a challenge out of a lottery barrel at random and they would vote on who should do it. Q got the first one, and while he was doing it, the others decided to make him do every challenge they picked. But, he managed to succeed at all three, and the others made the mistake of taking the punishment together if he managed to unzip a man's fly, resulting in Q testing them about his life (to see who his best friend was) on the edge of a CLIFF. Joe won.
    • In some older episodes, Q would either get a free pass for the challenge or he'd forfeit because he had such bad luck with the crowds. A man even threatened to kill him and several other people if Q's charity was fake in one of his challenges.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Q was the only one to cross the entire high wire and make it to the end during the Live Punishment Special, thus winning $50,000 for his charity! Though Murr came pretty close (see Murr's entry)
  • Does Not Like Spam: According to Murr, he doesn't like peanut butter and sushi. The latter has been exploited once to make him lose a challenge.
  • Face of a Thug: Q is a nice enough guy, but the fact that he looks like a hobo is often poked fun at by the others.
    • Funny enough, people have been nicer to him on sight with a beard. Earlier episodes had people actually tell him to leave them alone even when he was hardly saying anything let alone being rude.
  • Flanderization: A real-life example, mentioned in the "Anniversary" episode, that the guys started off telling Q he resembled a homeless person (despite being originally clean-shaven) and over time, he actually started to look and act like a homeless person.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Q had one during Murr's skydiving punishment, the 'Doomed' punishment, and the 'Browbeaten' punishment.
    • For the skydiving punishment, one can obviously tell Q was not as enthusiastic as Sal and Joe were while in the plane, he looked more concerned or worried than anything else. In the Inside Jokes special for the episode, it was revealed that Q even tried to talk the other guys out of having him skydive in the first place, but it was decided they would go ahead with the punishment.
    • Q was practically against the 'Browbeaten' punishment, which had them shaving Murr's eyebrows off right before he had to update his driver's license photo. He even stated if he were the one getting the punishment, he would've quit the show entirely.
  • I Can't Dance: Q is arguably the worst dancer of the four. It ended up serving as his downfall in a challenge. He wasn't supposed to talk but the girl who danced with him ratted him out and disqualified him, making Q the only loser even though the other guys also failed the challenge (Joe and Sal were even given physical threats to go away).
  • Jabba Table Manners: In the "Eat and Run" challenge.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: In the punishment special, he revealed one of his 3 cats was rescued from traffic right before Murr became a human pinata. Said cat is lying in his arms for all of his segments.
  • Large Ham: Not to the extent of Joe, but he does have his moments.
  • Loophole Abuse: He loves doing this, in episodes such as "Take the Cake", where the guys had to convince someone to let them stay for dinner, which Q did by offering to pay for their meal (Joe subsequently referred to him as "a genius and a cheater").
  • The Malaproper: He gets words and letters mixed up when speaking. The kicker is the punishment in the episode "Film Fail", where he has to explain scenes he created to an audience of movie buffs.
    Q: We met at an-, uh, at a- orchid. (He meant "orchard").
  • Naked People Are Funny: In the picture where he and Murr are in bed with Sal's sister, and during the "Sweat the Small Things" home invasion.
  • Nerves of Steel: Q usually remains the most straight-faced during the ridiculous challenges.
  • Nice Hat: It's downright weird to see Q without his flat cap.
  • No Social Skills: Due to his habit of mumbling and mixing up words and letters, he's had some poor luck with social interaction at times especially in earlier episodes where he was given a pass in some challenges because not a lot of people want to approach him. He's even forfeited challenges if people have been intentionally ignoring him or have threatened him.
  • Noodle Incident: Why did Q's tooth fall out? Apparently, it has something to do with a German police officer...
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name is Brian.
  • Only Sane Man: Well, the sanest of the bunch. With a Neat Freak Nervous Wreck of a germophobe (Sal), a Large Ham with a Thousand-Yard Stare (Joe), and a sensitive Butt-Monkey with acrophobia (Murr), he's a step closer to normal.
  • Raised Catholic: Attended Catholic School with the other Jokers but confirmed on a Twitter Q&A that he is an atheist. Though he's not a douche bag about it and actually apologized to a fan for making what was interpreted as an anti-Christian joke.
  • Retired Badass: He's a former firefighter, which the becomes the basis of a few punishments. One punishment had Q perform in a badly written play for his fellow firefighters, then, as revenge for that punishment, Q had the other three go through a firefighting boot camp in a later episode.
  • True Companions: He tests it by ordering his friends to answer questions for him over a cliff when he manages to win the entire episode. Joe wins while Murr and Sal, in that order, are forced over the edge into the very cold river below.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: In the "Not Safe For Work" punishment, where the sight of Murr posing nude in front of a classroom of art enthusiasts was apparently just too much for Q's stomach to handle, prompting him to drop his lunch in a bucket.
    • It happens to him again during "Stare Master", when he went behind a tree, and "Statue of Limitations", where he ducked behind a counter to throw up.
  • Why Did It Have to be Spiders?: Is revealed to be arachnophobic in his "Spider-Man" punishment.

James Stephen "Murr" Murray

"You don't ever want to confise the inferior vena cava with the pulmonary valves, or someone could die."

  • Bald of Awesome: Sort of.
    • Completely subverted when he's forced to shave his head and eyebrows, then get his driver's license picture taken. He looks like a serial killer.
    • Then inverted when he had to wear a wig made of Q's hair for the rest of season 5.
  • Butt-Monkey: The worst offender in general, and not just during the challenges.
  • Catch-Phrase: Some variation of "I think I have a foolproof plan."
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: In the Live Punishment Special, all 4 Jokers have to cross a High Wire suspended 5 stories up! Murr (who is deathly afraid of heights) attempted to walk, but lost his balance. Yet, he grabbed the rope before he could fall completely off and made it the rest of the way by CRAWLING ON HIS HANDS! For someone afraid of heights, this was pretty impressive!
    • He won the Obsticle Course in the Nitro Circus Live Special, going through it in record time, winning $100,000 for Make A Wish Foundation.
  • Cunning Linguist: As reveals the challenge where the guys have to teach foreign languages to students.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Too many to list; the guys seem to always give Murr the worst punishments.
    • A notable example is the punishment for "Human Pinata." Even though both Joe and Murr lose, the guys decide to give the punishment to Murr for no apparent reason, other than because it was funny.
  • Embarrassing Old Photo: There is a particularly humiliating one of a younger, hairy-chested Murr wearing nothing but his favorite blanket, which once popped up in a live theater in front of a hundred people.
  • Humiliation Conga: The lie detector punishment.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: He is into boy bands and intense personal grooming (such as shaving his chest and plucking his eyebrows).
  • Mr. Fanservice: Murr is the thinnest of the four, has been naked the most times and there are hundreds of fangirls calling him cute/hot/etc. on social media.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Murr always seems to be the odd man out (a.e. the episode where he is the only one not wearing a Staten Island T-shirt).
  • Naked People Are Funny: In "Strip High Five." It happens twice more in the first three episodes of the second half of Season 2, both of them as part of a joke on Sal: pictures of Murr and Q in bed with Sal's sister, and Murr, Joe, and Q hopping around naked in Sal's house.
    • In the episode "Not Safe For Work", Murr's nudity is so funny that it causes Q to laugh so hard he has to puke in a bucket.
  • Nice Guy: Is quite possibly the most sincere and sensitive member of the cast, especially when it comes to outright insulting a woman.
  • Oh, Crap!: After losing an episode, Murray gets dressed as a pinata and hit with bats by the other Jokers until candy comes out. Unfortunately for Murr, they decide to bring in a ringer: Joe's brother-in-law, a muscular man who wasn't exactly pleased about Murr groping his wife, Joe's sister, during a raunchy political correctness video on a previous episode. Murray is understandably terrified when they hand him a bat and let him go to town.
    • Up to Eleven: Actually, more like eleven million, in the third season premiere. Murr is the episode's big loser, and he's tricked by the other guys into thinking that his punishment was just another challenge; he thought that they were teaching a skydiving class, but in fact, he would have to actually go skydiving (something he had vehemently refused to do his entire life). His desperate pleading didn't help, and he screamed his way all the way down to the ground.
  • Omniglot: Murr is apparently this among the four, demonstrating at least a passing familiarity with Armenian, Dutch, and Chinese. This gets him a pass from a challenge on teaching foreign languages.
  • On Second Thought: In the episode "Joke & Dagger", Murr, the episode's loser, was forced to take a Coney Island knife show's "Wheel of Doom". Murr refuses this in fright, but the other Jokers tell Murr that if he refuses the punishment, he's out of the show, causing Murr to take the punishment with fear. Thankfully, the wheel was rigged for the balloons to pop themselves and the knife thrower was faking throwing the knives. Only one would think if the Jokers would try to do this punishment un-rigged.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name is James.
  • Panty Thief: As part of his punishment in "Panty Raid."
  • Perpetual Smiler: His smile never seems to crack even under the worst punishment.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Memorably when he has to skydive, he screams the whole way down.
  • The Southpaw: Murr is the only left-handed Joker.
  • The Strategist: Murr at least sees himself as this and usually walks confidently into a challenge with a foolproof plan. With a couple of exceptions, the end results usually don't go his way.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: His reaction when he has to cross the tightrope first in the Live Punishment.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: While he was the first loser in the Nitro Circus special, he made up for it by having the fastest time on the obstacle course and winning $100,000 for the Make A Wish Foundation.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Joe, though it's mostly one-sided on Joe's part, and especially Sal. There have been several instances where Q and Joe will leave and they'll immediately begin arguing about something.
  • Why Did it Have to Be Heights?: The skydiving punishment.
    • And again in the Live Punishment when he has to be the first person to cross the tightrope.
    • Don't forget "Snow Way Out" when he was stuck on the ski lift with Sal while Joe and Q threw snowballs and shot paintball guns at them from below.
    • "Hell-Copter" has Murr once again punished alongside Sal and sitting on the edge of a helicopter. Thankfully, he didn't have to jump like Sal did.

Joseph Anthony "Joe" Gatto

"If Ray Ray come 'round these parts looking for me, you don't go droppin' no dime. Do yous?"

  • Achilles' Heel: When Joe got married to his wife Bessy, he's gained a new weakness.
    • His Achilles Heel got discovered in the season 3 premiere in the hotdog stand challenge when he refused to say that a pig in a blanket is his wife on a cold day.
    • A season later, the jokers played a challenge where they have to kiss the actor hidden in the scene. Joe found his in a snap, but Bessy came over and sat beside her. When he tries to go for the kill, he chickens out and kisses her. Leaving, he tells the other jokers to go f--- themselves.
    • Later on in the season, Joe asks a woman some questions. When he gets to the question "Are you a good kisser?", he closes the book and tells her he's done. Asked if he found out she's a good kisser, Joe replies "No, I'm good".
      • In the next season, in a recent challenge, the boys had to be managers at a Hooters restaurant. When it was Joe's turn he first had to clink his wedding ring against a glass, which he did with an uncomfortable look. But then when an attractive waitress passed by the guys told Joe to take off his ring and go after her, which he refused to do. He even turned to the camera, showed his ring and said "My kryptonite."
  • Belly Dancer: He got hit with this in the punishment at the end of "Bellydancer."
  • Big Eater: Seriously, the guy can stuff an entire doughnut into his mouth in one sitting!
    • There's a challenge where Joe is eating a large pastry while Murr is up and Sal calls him out on it. He had breakfast at home, a breakfast sandwich, a big bowl of macaroni and cheese, two slices of pizza, a sub sandwich, a pickle, and an apple before he began eating the pastry.
      Joe: What's your point?
      Sal: You're like rail thin for what you eat.
      Q: You're like the Kate Moss of fat fucks.
  • Big Fun
  • Catch-Phrase: "LARRY!"
  • Fearless Fool: Joe is constantly described as by the other guys because he apparently has no fear. Although, there are barriers even he wouldn't reach. For example, Joe will shake his rear end in a woman's face, but couldn't work up the nerve to insert the word "circumcision" into a sentence. A case of Everyone Has Standards, according to Joe himself.
  • Fun Personified
  • Imaginary Friend: We have yet to find Larry.
  • Incoming Ham: "LARRY!"
  • Large Ham: Is he ever.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: What people who felt sorry for Murr after the Human Pinata ep felt finally happened to Joe at the end of Dog Days Of Bummer.
    • After what happened to Murr during Look Out Below, viewers felt he got it again at the end of the Great Escape.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Narrowly subverted in "Strip High Five", where he narrowly survives humiliation in front of hundreds by ending up in his underwear. Also in "Down in the Dump", when he's wearing only Q's cap in front of his crotch, and during the "Sweat the Small Things" presentation for Sal's home invasion.
    • And in one of the White Castle challenges, "White Castle regulations is the cap and apron."
    • Then his rear on Q's computer during an identity theft presentation...
  • Nerves of Steel: Joe got this label from the start, as the "shameless" one, but it got the display of a lifetime when he sat on a toilet in a cafe, threw the door open, and yelled for toilet paper for several minutes. See also Fearless Fool.
  • No Indoor Voice: "LARRY!"
    • In the first episode as well, when he screams a White Castle customer's order back to him.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: His common trick of "nosing" slips into this category.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: His pet dog, Cannoli. AWWWWWW!
  • The Teetotaler: As revealed in the nightclub challenge.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: One of Joe's signature traits. It becomes even funnier in "Stare Master" when he goes around staring at people in the gym without changing his expression and just staring. He even stares while eating a sub sandwich!
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Doughnuts.
  • Troll: To Murr at the end of "Doomed".
  • True Companions: He won Q's friendship test and didn't have to go over a cliff.
  • Wacky Guy

Salvatore Edward Anthony "Sal" Vulcano

"If you ever do that to me again, our real relationship is gonna be in jeopardy."

  • Acrofatic: According to Joe, when Sal's dancing his body moves like jello.
  • Apologizes a Lot: This was turned against him in a punishment where he was had to step on a man's shoe, woof at a baby, sneeze on someone, blow an airhorn at someone, and flip off an old lady...all without saying "I'm sorry." Seems like an easy punishment that any of the Jokers could do, right? Nope; Sal was asking to back out as soon as he was at the park waiting for a baby to woof at, the second part of the challenge. He continues on, though, but he was screaming by the time he had to do his last task of flipping off an old lady.
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: His weapon of choice when it comes to challenges where he has to speak a different language.
  • Awesome McCoolname: His last name is one letter away from being "Volcano". That's pretty damn cool.
  • Badass Beard: Has one as of the second half of Season 2.
  • Berserk Button: Messing with his sister. Murr can sometimes be one for him.
  • Butt-Monkey: Since so many things irk him. Frequent targets include his germophobia, fear of cats, and his sister.
    • Outside of the show, Sal is mentioned to have had the worst experiences, which include finding a homeless man asleep on his car and getting peed on in a nightclub by a drunk guy.
  • Corpsing: It's not hard to get him to fall on the floor laughing.
    • In fact, during one challenge where the other Jokers were deliberately trying to make each other laugh, the other guys lampshaded this during Sal's turn. Sal tried to show the others how well he could maintain his composure and Joe got him to giggle by saying "fart noise." Just to be clear: Joe didn't actually make a fart noise, he said the words "fart noise." And Sal broke. That's how easy it is to make Sal laugh. Suffice to say he lost that challenge miserably.
    • Although, a rare subversion did occur during the first challenge in "Browbeaten," where the Jokers had to read off funny made-up names without laughing. Despite his reputation, Sal broke less than either Q or Murr.
  • Embarrassing Old Photo: The guys like to pull this one on Sal, a picture from a heavier time that has been displayed in a movie theater, a photo booth, and an Employee of the Month picture.
  • Embarrassing Tattoo: Has one on his thigh of Jaden Smith.
  • Gasshole: During the boardwalk massage challenge.
  • The Hyena: More than the others, Sal will laugh so hard at a challenge that he'll fall over. He's usually the first to lose it.
  • Insistent Terminology: "I'm not Mexican!"
  • Laser-Guided Karma: What people who felt sorry for Murr after Look Out Below felt Sal got at the end of Field of Screams.
  • Lethal Chef: In the Hibachi restaurant challenge. According to Sal, his knowledge of cooking "begins and ends" with peanut butter and jelly.
  • Love Is a Weakness: Gets weepy around couples, which earned him a pass during the jewelry store challenge.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Taken to extremes when she and Murr got legally married for a Sal punishment.
  • Neat Freak
  • Nervous Wreck
  • Nice Guy: So nice, he was able to do THIS .
  • Pizza Boy Special Delivery: Referenced in his past as a delivery boy, having the door answered by a topless woman.
  • Politeness Judo: His method of choice during challenges. It's eventually used against him in the "No Apologies Gauntlet" punishment, which included woofing at a baby and flipping off an old lady without Sal being allowed to say he was sorry.
  • Super OCD: Even worse off-camera. He even takes time to point out all the faults in his hotel room in the "Practically Live!" special. In their "One Night Stand-Up" special, Joe picks on Sal's OCD by pranking him on hotel visits. He starts by cranking the heat up to high and takes a dump in Sal's toilet without flushing. Joe then gives a Hammy re-enactment to Sal's reaction at the "hot shit".
  • The Load: In team challenges, Sal is the weakest link, due to being more prone to Corpsing than the others and worse at coming up with convincing responses on the fly. Joe especially seems to become visibly exasperated with him in numerous team challenges.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: "Welcome to White Castle, bitch."
  • Token Minority: Sal is half Cuban and half Puerto Rican.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He used to bow out of challenges a lot more frequently in the early seasons. He stopped doing this around the time he grew out his Badass Beard.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Murr. Q and Joe have even half-jokingly stated that Sal and Murr wouldn't even be friends if they weren't in the picture.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Sal is particularly terrified of cats (in contrast to Q, who has three pet cats) in addition to being a germophobe. Of course, the other guys are all too willing to exploit these fears.


Benjamin the Cat

  • Breakout Character: Originally just a large cat designed to scare Sal, Benjamin's become a character in his own right in various promos on truTV. They decided to base him off of Q's actual black cat Benjamin.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The cat equivalent of Cannoli, Joe's dog. Yes, a six foot tall cat is just as cute as a Bichon Frise.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To Sal. In a promo for the live punishment special, he's throwing darts at a dartboard with Sal's picture on it.
  • White Collar Worker: Has a job in "Quinndustries" (Q's fictional company) thanks to his dad owning the place. He only really does various cat things since he's, well, a cat.