The Impractical Joker

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This article is about the Betty Boop episode. For the Garfield and Friends episode, see The Impractical Joker (Garfield and Friends).
The Impractical Joker
Betty Boop series
Directed by Dave Fleischer
Produced by Max Fleischer
Voices by Mae Questel
Jack Mercer as Irving (uncredited)
Animation by Frank Endres
Thomas Johnson
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) June 18, 1937
Color process Black-and-white
Running time 7 mins
Language English

The Impractical Joker is a 1937 Fleischer Studios animated short film starring Betty Boop.


Betty Boop is baking a cake, when Irving the practical joker comes for a visit. Betty becomes the victim of such pranks as shaking a false hand and getting squirted in the face. Betty calls on Grampy for help and he quickly rigs his apartment to counteract Irving's pranks and send him on his way. Irving gets the last laugh, when Grampy lights the candle on the cake. Irving replaced the candle with a firecracker before he left.

Jack Mercer (the voice of Popeye) provides the voice for Irving.

In other media[edit]

A short clip from this cartoon can be seen in the opening credits of the Futurama episode My Three Suns.