The Tenderloins

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The Impractical Jokers, stars of Impractical Jokers. Left-to-right: Quinn, Vulcano, Gatto and Murray.

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 Michael "Q" Quinn (born March 14, 1976), and Salvatore Anthony Edward "Sal" Vulcano (born November 5, 1976). The group currently stars in the truTV television series Impractical Jokers, which premiered on December 15, 2011.

Joe Gatto
Born Joseph Gatto, Jr.
(1976-06-05) June 5, 1976 (age 38)
Staten Island, New York
Nationality Italian American
Other names Joey
Occupation Comedian
Known for Impractical Jokers
James Murray
Born (1976-05-01) May 1, 1976 (age 38)
Staten Island, New York
Nationality American
Other names Murr, Murray
Occupation Comedian
Known for Impractical Jokers
Brian Quinn
Born Brian Michael Quinn
(1976-03-14) March 14, 1976 (age 38)
Brooklyn, New York
Nationality American
Other names Q, Quinn
Occupation Comedian
Known for Impractical Jokers
Sal Vulcano
Born Salvatore Anthony Edward Vulcano
(1976-11-05) November 5, 1976 (age 38)
Staten Island, New York
Nationality Italian/Cuban American
Other names Sal
Occupation Comedian
Known for Impractical Jokers


Before Fame[edit]

Before their TV series the Troupe were in various fields of work. Murr (James) graduated from college and was unemployed most of his adult life, he made a short film, in which Sal starred and his dad paid for. He ran a website for a couple of years and is a television producer. Q (Brian) was a firefighter. Sal was a bartender, owning his own bar and to the other guys 'good with numbers.' He also has a degree in Finance/Business. After college Joe did consultancy, then he was a personal shopper at a baby store, he turned that into becoming the stores programme manager.


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.[citation needed]

For a time, the troupe consisted of five members, with the addition of Gideon Horowitz.

Internet success[edit]

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”.


The Tenderloins in Times Square in 2010.

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 viewers.

The show's 28-episode second season premiered on December 13, 2012,[1] and its 31-episode third season premiered on January 2, 2014.[2] On April 21, 2014, truTV announced that the series has been renewed for a 26-episode fourth season.[3] With the fourth season renewal, a 6-episode spinoff series, Jokers Wild! was also announced.[3]


The group began hosting a podcast in April 2012. It was available on their official website and iTunes. It has been replaced by a new podcast, hosted by Sal and Q, called "What Say You".

Personal Life[edit]

Gatto married in 2012 to Bessie, Sal actually married them by becoming a reverent for their wedding. The two announced that they were expecting their first child in 2014. They have two dogs, named Biscotti and Cannoli. Gatto is Italian-American and has two older sisters, of which he has many nieces and nephews. Sal is Cuban on his mothers side and Italian on his fathers. The scar in his right eye was from where his sister hit him with a Malibu Ken doll when he was 7/8 years old. He has two sisters, one named Jenna, who has appeared on the show Impractical Jokers. He has three nieces, one of which appeared on the show Jokers Wild. Q has younger brother called Danny (Daniel), who has 3 children and a older brother, Jimmy (James). He was once engaged for a long period of time. Q has three cats, Benjamin, Chessie and Brooklyn. He is a big fan of comic books and superheroes. Murr gets referred to by his nieces and nephews as "Uncle Monkey." He married Sal's sister Jenna in the finale episode of Impractical Jokers for Sal's punishment. They were annulled the next day.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Bibel, Sara (February 20, 2013). "truTV Orders Additional Episodes of Hit Series 'Impractical Jokers' and 'Hardcore Pawn: Chicago'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ Bibel, Sara (July 8, 2013). "'Impractical Jokers' Renewed for Season 3 by truTV; New Series 'Jokers After Party' Greenlit". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Kondolojy, Amanda (April 21, 2014). "'Impractical Jokers' Renewed by TruTV; Joins Six New Series Greenlights". Zap2it. Retrieved April 22, 2014.