It’s the most successful hidden camera show since Jackass, and the makers of Impractical Jokers are expecting to get the go-ahead for a film soon.
Currently on their UK tour, the stars of the US show are keeping their fingers crossed for the big-screen transfer.
“We are trying for the movie right now,” Sal Vulcano tells Loaded. “If it comes together, then it looks like we might be getting into that this year.”
The show sees Sal and his pals Brian, James and Joseph – all friends since school in New York – endeavour to embarrass themselves in the most cringeworthy ways that they can think of.
Past antics have included putting each other forward for nude painting classes, pretending to be doctors to unsuspecting patients and getting a series of ill-advised tattoos, including one of a ferret skydiving.
The show has been on air in the States since 2011, where it premiered to an audience of 1.5 million, and Sal states that even though they’re now on series eight, they still aren’t short of material.
“One of my favourite things ever is just trying to entertain each other when we’re on the road,” he says. “With Joe and I, it’s literally like we’re in the show all the time. I think of something funny and then tell Joe to do it and he does, even though there are no cameras around.”
The show is currently airing on Comedy Central in the UK. A local version has just been filmed which will air here later this year, and will feature a new British set of jokers.
Being a professional prankster does have its drawbacks however. Sal often has to plead his innocence to bystanders who recognise him when he’s out and about.
“When people in the supermarket see me, they think I’m going to prank them. I have to say that I’m just there to buy bread and that they really don’t need to worry,” he smiles.
“We’ve been pranking each other for a long time, since way before this show ever started. We always say that as long as we are still having fun and it’s still fresh, then we will keep on doing it.”
Catch brand new episodes of Impractical Jokers on Comedy Central UK on Mondays at 10pm.
Loaded’s entertainment editor Jennifer O’Brien is an award-winning journalist who has written extensively about popular culture as a national newspaper columnist and author. Follow her on Twitter at @Jen_OBrien1