Joe Gatto Previews The Return Of 'Impractical Jokers'
October 24th, 2013 12:16pm EDT
The Impractical Jokers are back tonight to continue season two of the funniest show on television. Before they make our sides hurt with laughter, BFTV snagged a few minutes with our favorite Joker, Joe Gatto, to ask him what's ahead, what Imagine Dragons has to do with it, and of course, what's up with Larry.
[SPOILER ALERT: If you don't want to know who loses tonight's episode of Impractical Jokers, stop reading now. This article reveals the identity of the loser - and some juicy details about their punishment!]
If you're not yet familiar with their antics, the Jokers are four lifelong friends from New York - Joe, Sal Vulcano, Brian "Q" Quinn and James "Murr" Murray - who are collectively known as the comedy troupe The Tenderloins, and whose goal is to put each other through as much embarrassment as possible. Each episode involves a series of challenges, and the Joker who fails the most challenges becomes the ultimate loser and must endure a punishment. It's unpredictable, uproarious, and they most definitely do not hold back.
"We're starting off these new episodes with a bang," Joe told us. "We still have a lot of fun stuff coming through here. The boys, I have recently gotten an Achilles tendon they're jumping on, which is my Bichon Frise. I have a dog [and] they're using her against me.
"Technology actually plays a big part in the second half of the season," he added, revealing that the guys will step up from their usual PowerPoint pranks to actually taking over each other's computers. And that's not all: "We get back into one of my favorite places. We get back into a grocery store and we work the checkout." We have it on good authority that Q may not fare so well with that one...
Tonight's episode features a guest appearance from rockers Imagine Dragons, and this being Impractical Jokers, it's a lot more than just a cameo. "We were actually able to talk Imagine Dragons into letting us film a punishment where the two losers had to be their opening act in front of 14,000 screaming fans," Joe explained. "Unfortunately, the losers were Sal and I. Sal and I do not play the drums or guitar, are not musically inclined at all, and we were just getting in the way."
Check out a teaser from the episode, in which you can see Joe attempting to get his rock god on.
Of course, it wouldn't be a season without Joe's signature bit. "The hunt for Larry continues," he assured us. Joe's been looking for Larry ever since season one, and fans can't get enough of it. "People are always yelling 'Larry!' at me," Joe laughed, saying that he thinks more people call him Larry than call him by his actual name.
What you might not know is that Larry is a real person. He's a crewmember who works on the show. What does the real Larry think of being a hugely popular running gag? "He loves it and he also loves that nobody knows what he looks like," Joe added. "He finds it really cool."
Over the course of the series, Joe has established himself as a tough nut to crack. It's even been suggested that he was born without the shame gene. And he thinks that suggestion might be accurate. "It takes a lot for me to be embarrassed," he said. "I'm a people person. I'm good at reading people." Not to mention great at making them laugh.
Aside from Impractical Jokers - which has already been renewed for not only a third season to air in 2014, but a new "Jokers After Party" post-show to go with it - the Tenderloins are busy people. They've got a sporadically updated podcast and have been spending most of the fall on the road for live performances.
"Live is a lot of fun because it's actually basically like hanging with us behind the scenes," Joe explained. "We're just hanging out being four friends ripping each other live. We get to really talk a bit more [and] there's actually some filmed stuff specifically for the live show." To find out if the guys are coming to your town, and to get tickets, make sure you visit thetenderloins.com.
Then there are the international versions of the show. Impractical Jokers has already been spun off into counterparts in the United Kingdom, Belgium, Brazil, and the Netherlands; Murr even made an appearance in the Dutch version. "That's super-cool. I love that. I love that I get to see interpretations of me across the globe," Joe told us. "Our version of our show subtitled goes everywhere a lot of places too. We have huge fans a lot of places."
And that's what he finds most rewarding about his newfound TV fame. "We've actually gotten to get in touch with so many cool people and hear their stories," he continued. "I hear from all these kids that I've been able to affect in a positive way, saying to stay strong and do their thing. That really hits home, to be able to influence kids in a good way."
When he's not humiliating himself for our entertainment, Joe is dedicated to doing his part to make the world a better place. At the moment, he's raising money for Daniel's Music Foundation, which "gives free music lessons to anyone with disabilities," he explained. Joe and his castmates are currently offering a limited number of signed copies of DC Entertainment's Impractical Jokers comic book on Fundly to raise money for the foundation; you can also find out more about Daniel's Music Foundation at danielsmusic.org.
And on the day we spoke with him, Joe was on the set of Impractical Jokers, where the cast and crew were all wearing purple for Spirit Day, as a show of support against bullying. Anti-bullying is another cause close to Joe's heart, as he told us, "Growing up, I was a victim of it, and look how I turned out."
Considering that he became a great, down-to-earth guy who makes us laugh until we fall over every week, and who's now one-fourth of an internationally popular TV show, we think Joe turned out just fine, don't you think? In fact, we'd dare to say he got the last laugh.
Impractical Jokers is all-new tonight at 10 PM ET/PT on TruTV.
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