I have been watching the hit TV show Impractical Jokers since I was in middle school. The show was about four high school friends from Staten Island who compete in challenges with the sole purpose of embarrassing each other. At the end of each episode, the member who fails the most challenges is punished with something even more embarrassing.
One of my favorite challenges is called “The Name Game”. In this challenge, one member at a time acts as a receptionist. In front of them are a list of extremely bizarre made up names that the other guys have created for them to read. As they read the names aloud to the unsuspecting strangers in the waiting room, they have to try not to laugh. Whichever group member laughs the most loses the challenge. Some of the names they have created are: Cranjis McBasketball, Dr. Shrimp Puerto Rico, Secret Agent Randy Beans, and Earl Turlet.
One of the most iconic punishments that they’ve ever done on the show is when one of the members gave the other three members tattoos. One member was given a tattoo of a ferret skydiving (they often say that specific member looks like a ferret and he also had a punishment where he had to skydive). Another member was given a tattoo that says “38, Lives Alone, Has 3 Cats”. The third member was given a tattoo of Jaden Smith. Their reactions to their tattoos were hilarious, especially the member who was given the Jaden Smith tattoo- he was very upset.
Watching this show has helped me get through many dark times in my life. It might be silly because I’m watching four 40 year old men act like middle schoolers, but it’s just the type of comedy I needed in my life to help keep me afloat. This show means a lot to me as it’s been with me for almost half of my life.
The reason I said that the show was about four friends is because the show is now about three friends. One of the members, Joe Gatto, recently left the show for personal reasons. In place of Joe, they are going to have a different celebrity special guest in each episode. A few weeks ago, they came out with their first episode with special guest, comedian Eric Andre (only at the end of the episode though).
Even though Joe is no longer part of the show, I still enjoyed the episode. His absence was definitely felt, though. He was the most boisterous of the four so him not being there definitely leaves its mark.
More new episodes (without Joe) return in June. I’m curious to see how they will keep continuing without Joe, but I’m hoping it goes well. As mentioned before, this show helps me tremendously when I’m down; no other comedy comes close to it for me in that regard. So without it, I don’t know what I would do.