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Series: Impractical Jokers
Q, Sal, Joe, Murr. Unpictured: LARRY!Impractical Jokers
is a hidden-camera series from TruTV, featuring four friends (Q, Murr, Sal, and Joe) challenging each other to act outrageously in public. You refuse, you lose
This show provides examples of:
- Acrofatic: Sal, despite his girth, is a surprisingly good dancer.
- Adored by the Network: By approximately mid-first season, they were running marathons.
- Ain't No Rule says that, when challenged to shop out of other people's cart, you can't just walk away with the whole cart long enough to qualify.
- Ambiguously Bi: Murr once asked a (reasonably attractive) man to kiss him even though the challenge only required them to hold hands. Another episode revealed his love of boy bands.
- Aside Glance: Happens frequently, especially when the challenge is ridiculous. Joe and Q are the worst offenders.
- As Long as It Sounds Foreign: Sal's weapon of choice.
- Bowties Are Cool: Murr often takes to wearing one of these during news interviews, working at a movie theater, etc. Count on Joe to humiliate Murr by quickly yanking the bowtie off and tossing it aside.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Subverted because this is reality TV, although Q revealing to the woman in the elevator challenge that she was on a hidden camera show qualifies.
- Brief Accent Imitation: In the shoe-store challenge, Murr is instructed to (and does, shamefacedly) put on a Jamaican accent to a Rastafarian customer.
- Butt Monkey: All four of them take turns being this—it's essentially the premise of the show—but especially during the punishments.
- Murr is usually the most painful victim from this, as he is given the more outrageous punishments if he loses. Even though it is clear that all four men are best friends, the rest of the guys seem to find Murr the most obnoxious of the bunch and have no problem letting him know (making fun of his looks, personality, clothes, etc.)
- Clip Show: Has had three already, one in the middle of season one, and two in the first four episodes of season two.
- Cluster F-Bomb:
Joe: "With a f*** f*** here and a f*** f*** there, here a f***, there a f***, everywhere a f*** f***."
- Cringe Comedy: The entire show, although it's often turned Up to Eleven during the punishment rounds at the end of every episode.
- Death Glare: Though this happens often enough when the guys say something truly insulting, nothing reached the levels of the Klepto Buffet.
- Embarrassing Old Photo: Sal has an unfortunate one from a heavier time that keeps cropping up as Employee of the Year, or a background picture to a photo booth.
- Don't forget the picture of a younger, hairy-chested Murr wearing nothing but his favorite blanket.
- Everyone (Even Murr) Has Standards: He'll ask someone on their way to a funeral "Who kicked the bucket?", but him and the others have a hard time being outright degrading to women.
- The boys have no problem saying stupid and embarrassing things but will usually refuse to outright insult people to their faces especially if the comment involves the person's looks or weight.
- Fearless Fool: Joe is constantly described as being this, since the man apparently has no fear. The other guys added on this by saying that Joe does not have "a shameful bone in [his] body" when he publicly asked for toilet paper through an open bathroom door, with his pants around his ankles.
- Four-Man Band:
- Four Temperament Ensemble: Joe is choleric, Q is melancholic, Sal is phlegmatic and Murr is sanguine.
- Gag Haircut: For all four in the first season. Joe got a mullet; Q, bright red curls; Murr, shaved except for a tuft in front◊; and Sal, whose haircut is basically two bleached horns.
- Gasshole: Sal during the boardwalk massage challenge.
- Hiding Behind The Language Barrier: The mission was to get people to comment on bogus news stories in Times Square, and when approached two women commented "We don't speak English." It was promptly lampshaded.
- Honest John's Dealership: The intro to the car lot challenge invokes this, as does Q's entire outfit and demeanor.
- Hot Mom: Shows up and is usually noticed by the guys, especially by the "MILF alert" woman in Costco. Special mention must go to the college student who apparently thought her own mother fit the bill and signed up for "My Mom is a MILF" club.
- Jabba Table Manners: Q in the "Eat and Run" challenge uses this approach and it works.
- Just a Stupid Accent: Such as in this clip, Sal faking not speaking English well is some sort of weird Italian-esque gibberish.
- Large Ham: Q and Joe dip into this fairly frequently.
- Man Child: Hilariously, Q was told to be this as an Ikea salesman, wearing pajamas over his uniform, lugging around an oversized stuffed monkey, and asking a customer to read him a bedtime story.
- Made funnier when the customer continues to treat Q as a legitimate employee, even after all of the above.
- There was also a Challenge in which each of them had to get a person to buy them a toy after they threw temper tantrums. The only one to win that challenge was Murr, with his rubber ducky.
- Milking the Giant Cow: Joe as a horoscope reader, culminating in somersaults and cartwheels.
- Most Annoying Sound: Sal, during the elevator etiquette challenge in the Season 1 finale.
- Naked People Are Funny: The basic premise of the punishment in "Strip High Five." Joe and Murr, the two losers, must get a high-five from passersby or remove an article of clothing for every high five that they fail to pick up. Joe narrowly survived in his underwear, but Murr wound up naked in public.
- Nice Guy: Sal, who rejects dares more frequently than the others because he clearly wants to be a gentleman.
- Nice Hat: It's downright weird to see Q without his flat cap.
- No Indoor Voice: Joe does this in one White Castle challenge, provoking the customer to channel a deer in the headlights.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Joe's common trick of "nosing" (touching his nose to someone without them noticing) is a variant, although sometimes they're just challenged to get as close as possible.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: The only time Q (or Murr, for that matter) is referred to by his legal first name is during challenges.note
- Panty Thief: One of Murr's punishments was to go in to a laundromat, steal other people's underwear, and, ultimately, wear it on his head. It did not go unnoticed.
- Pillow Fight: Begun in an Ikea showroom, no less.
- Pizza Boy Special Delivery: Doesn't happen in-show, but is referenced in Sal's past as a delivery boy, having a door answered by a topless woman.
- Politeness Judo: Sal relies on this. It's (mostly) successful.
- Potty Emergency: Poor Q, having to beg for anti-diarrhea medicine to be poured directly into this mouth.
- Precision F-Strike:
Murr: "Would you like any fucking shoes today?"
Customer: "I'm making up my fucking mind."
Sal: "What the fuck are you looking at?"
Woman: "I'm looking at your fruits."
Murr: "I'm sorry, but I fucking hate the French."
Sal: "Don't touch my fucking sunscreen."
- Product Placement: Happens pretty obviously with Kellogg Granola Crunch in one challenge. Happens in season two with Dairy Queen.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: The 'WHEEL! OF! DOOM! intros.
- Refuge in Audacity: Most commonly seen in the "Don't I Know You?" challenges, the most outrageous claims (such as Murr getting molested by an octopus) get usually nothing worse than polite confusion.
- Running Gag: If there's someone to be called for offscreen, it's Larry. If it's a woman, it's (that bitch) Irene.
- Sal and Murr's embarrassing pictures from a denser time, mention of the "Puerto Rican Day Parade", or some frame of reference to being attracted to your first cousin.
- Scatting: Joe did this during the Diner challenge and when they referred to it in the Season 1 Clip Show.
- Shirtless Scene: Happens a few times in the show.
- The Teetotaler: Joe, as discovered during the nightclub challenge.
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: "Welcome to White Castle, bitch."
- Throw It In: Q's tooth unexpectedly falling out during the speed-dating challenge only provided fuel for him to act like a pirate.
- The show is full of this. It's especially likely to happen if one of the victims reacts in a way none of the jokers expects.
- A notable one is a man wearing a leather jacket without a shirt giving money to a fake charity and threatening to kill Q and everyone in the neighborhood if he doesn't use the money for the charity.
- Toilet Humour: Shows up occasionally, but nothing reaches the level of Joe's punishment of opening up a public bathroom door while on the can, and asking for a little help with his paper shortage emergency.
- Trailers Always Spoil: Thanks, TruTV, it's not like anyone minds being spoiled on who the loser is by a commercial airing during the episode.
- When the preview at the beginning of an episode revealed that the punishment would involve a cage full of cats, it was quite obvious that the loser would be Sal since his fear of cats had been mentioned several times before at that point in the series.
- Transsexual: Sal is tasked with admitting to a woman that he's a woman trapped in a man's body, and in the nightclub challenge Joe asks a woman with fairly prominent cleavage "Male or female?" Her reaction was a pretty good Death Glare.
- Uncomfortable Elevator Moment: The point of one challenge: Sal had to make an annoying noise, Q had to ask a pretty woman to pop a pimple on his back, Murr had to act as though he was having a Potty Emergency...
- Wearing a Flag on Your Head: Q as of season two has taken to wearing an American flag scarf.
- Wham Shot: A few times. Such as Q's father appearing during a White Castle tip challenge.
- Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: Q's "WELCOME TO THE CASTLE OF WHITE. WHAT IST THOU CRAVING?" comes to mind.