‘Impractical Jokers’ is an American reality television comedy series that features a hidden camera. It first premiered on December 15, 2011, on TruTv and is produced by NorthSouth Productions. Directed by Peter Fowkes and P. J. Morrison, it is distributed by Warner Bros. Television.
The show basically centers around four comedians who coerce each other to pull pranks while being filmed on a hidden camera. ‘Impractical Jokers’ sets itself apart from other comedy shows by sticking to witty humor and eschewing the crudeness and slapstick comedy.
The genuine relatability and real friendship of these four “jokers” have earned them millions of fans all around the world. The ‘Impractical Jokers’ brand has developed over the years and is continuously growing to create one of the most original brands on television.
Naturally, the show has been well received by critics and audiences alike — leading to several spin-offs including ‘Impractical Jokers: Inside Jokes’, ‘Jokers Wild’, and ‘Impractical Jokers: After Party’. Even a feature, ‘Impractical Jokers’, will be released on February 21, 2020, to mark the conclusion of season 8.
Ranked as the number 1 comedy series in cable among P18-49, garnering around 768,000 people in Live +7 viewing and attracting over 1.2 million total viewers each week, the show has spanned eight remarkable seasons to date. However, during the run-time of season 8, it went on a hiatus after episode 20 in October 2019. Let’s see when ‘Impractical Jokers’ season 8 episode 21 will return on tv screens.
Impractical Jokers Season 8 Episode 21 Release Date
‘Impractical Jokers’ Season 8 premiered on March 28, 2019, on truTV. After spanning 20 remarkable episodes, it went on a mid-season break on October 24, 2019. After a hiatus of almost three months, ‘Impractical Jokers’ season 8 episode 21 is slated to premiere on January 30, 2020. This day marks the show’s landmark 200th episode as well!
Well, there’s more news. On July 19, 2019, in the midst of the eighth season itself, the network announced that the show has been renewed for another season. The announcement was made during the fourth annual Impractical Jokers fan event at the Park at Petco Park in San Diego in the middle of a special live-streamed Q&A session.
Brett Weitz, general manager TNT, TBS, and truTV, confirmed the news saying: “For us, it’s a no-brainer to bring this show back for a ninth season and give the fans what they demand. The guys consistently bring the funny and we are proud to be home to their hilarious antics.”
We don’t have an update on the release schedule yet. What we do know is, season 9 will consist of 26 episodes. We will add the information about its premiere date as and when we learn more.
Impractical Jokers Cast: Who is in it?
For those unaware, Joseph “Joe” Gatto, James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn, and Salvatore “Sal” Vulcano, the main jokers on the show, were high school friends who went into comedy and improv. They formed the sketch comedy troupe called The Tenderloins in 1999.
This troupe witnessed immense success, even winning a $100,000 cash prize on NBC’s ‘It’s Your Show’. After this, they went into television and came up with an idea for a show, which was originally titled ‘Mission: Uncomfortable’, before being renamed as ‘Impractical Jokers’.
What is Impractical Jokers about?
‘Impractical Jokers’ is a hidden camera television series that involves four friends who love pranks and compete in extremely uncomfortable social experiments. The person who fails must take part in a specific inferior practical joke. These lifelong comedian friends partake in punishments and dare while a hidden camera is running.
‘Impractical Jokers’ features them forcing each other into doing awkward pranks in public while they are being filmed through hidden cameras. The thing which differentiates Impractical Jokers with other prank shows is that the member who is performing the prank does not know the details of it until the moment they are performing it on random people or strangers.
Every challenge begins with the jokers explaining what the challenge is, where they are and what is going to happen if someone fails to perform a prank. Cameras are hidden in nearby locations to capture the action. The location of the challenge is generally a public area like a city park or some store in or around New York City.
The loser is always ready to face a punishment, which is more painful, disgusting, scary, embarrassing and humiliating than the challenge itself. Moreover, the punishment cannot be refused, else the joker will be kicked off the show.
What really stands out in this show is the friendship among the comedians and how they never fail to elicit a laugh from the audience. The jokers are also very sporting and if they can dish out the pranks on unsuspecting people, they can take the punishments too upon failing to pull off the pranks.
Impractical Jokers Trailer:
Check out the clip below to get a better idea of the gags and laughs this show offers, and one can only guess as to what pranks our favorite comedians have kept up their sleeves for the upcoming episode, once it airs.
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