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The Tenderloins is an American comedy troupe currently composed of Joesph "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.
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 15-episode third season.
The group began hosting a podcast in April 2012. It is available on their official website and iTunes.