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The Tenderloins is an American comedy troupe currently composed of Joseph "Joe" Gatto (born June 5, 1976), James "Murr" Murray (born May 1, 1976), Brian "Q" Quinn (born March 14, 1976), and Salvatore "Sal" Vulcano (born November 5, 1976). The group currently stars in the TruTV television series Impractical Jokers, which premiered on December 15, 2011.
The Tenderloins were formed in 1999 as a live improv comedy troupe. The original line-up consisted of Mike Boccio, Joe Gatto, James Murray and Sal Vulcano. Trained in the teachings of Del Close and Charna Halpern, The Tenderloins began performing long-form improvisation in 2000, followed by sketch comedy soon after, in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, in addition to the San Francisco Sketch Comedy Festival and the Miami Improv Festival.
For a time, the troupe consisted of five members, with the addition of Gideon Horowitz.
Following years of live shows, in 2007, The Tenderloins redirected their talents to filmed comedic sketches. Brian Quinn subsequently replaced Boccio as the troupe's fourth member.
The Tenderloins comedic sketches have accumulated millions of views on YouTube, MySpace, Metacafe, and other websites. In 2007, the troupe won the $100,000 grand prize in the NBC It’s Your Show competition for the sketch “Time Thugs.”
Following the troupe's online successes, the four were signed to develop a scripted comedy pilot for Spike TV based on their own lives. The pilot was shot on location in 2008 on Staten Island, as well as other locations around New York City. Spike TV ultimately passed on the series. A second pilot starring The Tenderloins was named as an official selection of the 2009 New York Television Festival.
On April 12, 2011, TruTV announced the new series Impractical Jokers starring and executive produced by the Tenderloins, which premiered on December 15, 2011. Season 1 consisted of 17 half hour episodes. The first season was watched by over 32 million fans.
The series was renewed for a 28-episode second season, which premiered on December 13, 2012. truTV announced on July 8, 2013, that the series has been renewed for a 31-episode third season, and has already gotten a fourth season.
The group began hosting a podcast in April 2012. It is available on their official website and iTunes.
The following information concerning the members of the group has been revealed during skits or exposition on the troupe's television show:
- Murr has gotten intimate with a stuffed animal.
- The order in which the four lost their virginity: Q, Sal, Murr, Joe.
- The woman Q lost his to is now in prison.
- Q refuses to eat peanut butter or sushi.
- Joe has heavy Italian ancestry.
- Joe and Sal have both been hit by a car ("body to car") at different points in their lives.
- Q believes that his spirit animal is a snow leopard.
- Sal's favorite Lionel Richie song is "Runnin' With The Night" from "Can't Slow Down".
- Joe is the only one of the four to have been married at some point.
- The guys commonly joke that Q looks like Rosie O'Donnell, and even had O'Donnell on the show once to prove it.
- Murr is terrified of skydiving.
- Sal and Joe once opened for the Imagine Dragons as an alternative metal band called "Senora Lanza" as a punishment.
- Joe commonly wears blue shirts because they match his eye color.
- Murr almost received a piercing in "Little Murr" as part of the punishment in the episode "Puncture Perfect".
- All four members of the troupe were born in the same year.
- Sal likes to keep his personal life very private.
- Joe's father (Joseph S. Gatto, Sr.) passed away in 1995. The fathers of the other members are still living as of mid-2014. Q's father was even part of an episode.
- Sal is a reverend and officiated Joe's wedding.