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Impractical Jokers: Season One DVD Review

Impractical Jokers- Season 1 DVD

The funniest show currently on television finally hits DVD.

“Impractical Jokers” (which can best be described as a cross between “Candid Camera” and “Jackass” with a competitive element) is a hidden camera show starring the members of the comedy troupe The Tenderloins (made up of Joe Gatto, Brian Quinn, Sal Vulcano and James Murray). In each of season one’s 17 episodes, the 4 jokers essentially dare one another to say or do something in a particular situation. For instance, in the very first episode, Joe, Q, Sal and Murr pose as White Castle restaurant workers. While say Q (of “Tell ‘Em Steve-Dave!” fame) is taking his turn at the register, he has to do and say whatever Joe, Sal, and Murr tell him to or else he loses. He ALSO has to achieve an objective which is, in this case, trying to collect the biggest tip. If one of the comedians is unable to say or do what they are told or place last in an objective, they lose that round. Whoever loses the most rounds has to face a punishment (which occurs at the end of an episode). The punishment is a particularly hilarious segment where the loser has to do something embarrassing and or stressful by his lonesome (unless there are two losers).

While some critics and viewers may dismiss “Impractical Jokers” as being repetitive, sophomoric, and derivative of other prank/hidden camera shows, others (like myself) will find the TruTV series to be addicting entertainment. Whether the gang is teaching a karate class, interviewing roommates, speed dating, or grabbing food off of people’s plates at a Chinese restaurant, the show is entirely unpredictable and, best of all, hilarious. Not knowing what the four gutsy stars will say or do to each other and or to other people will keep you tuning in (or clicking on the next episode in the case of this DVD release). In one episode, you may be watching Q unveiling a shocking art show created by Sal, Murr, and Joe and in another episode you may be seeing each of the the Jokers attempting absurd chants at a baseball game. Top it all off with priceless reaction shots of people not in on the joke and it all adds up to pure, unadulterated fun.


Presentation: Widescreen. How does it look? It looks like a hidden camera show and that’s the way it should look. You shouldn’t be expecting award worthy cinematography here.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 2.0. How does it sound? The jokers are always easy to hear, but sometimes some of the people being pranked sound a bit faint. Thankfully, there are subtitles for those moments.

* 6 commentary tracks by Joe Gatto, Brian “Q” Quinn, Sal Vulcano, and James “Murr” Murray on “Pay It Forward,” “Drawing A Blank,” “Out of TP,” (times two) “Who Arted?,” and “Charity Case.” Despite a few quiet spots, these are highly entertaining tracks. The group constantly mock one another while chatting about behind-the-scenes stories, editing choices, people they encountered, Sal falling, fan questions, etc.
* “Meet The Stars Of Impractical Jokers”- 4 short segments about Murr, Q, Joe, and Sal.
* “Behind The Scenes” contains 4 segments titled “Brian Quinn: Q Up For Laughter,” “Larry! It’s The Best Joe Moments Ever!,” “James Murray: Off The Couch,” and “Delicious! The Best Of Sal Vulcano.” These 4 short bits contain highlights of each of the Jokers from season 1.
* 12 deleted scenes involving a Bullhorn, face writing, Murr’s survey questions, a discussion about food and eating and more footage from the karate class, CPR, White Castle, bouncer, Q’s roommate interview, golfing, and kissing segments. Highlights include the Mexican food bullhorn bit and Murr’s freeze in White Castle.

Overall Thoughts: The “low brow” humor may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’re looking to spend a half hour (or 17 half hours) laughing; I highly recommend picking up the first season of “Impractical Jokers.”  

November 22, 2013 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , , , , , , ,

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