Get to Know The Tenderloins

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Learn about  the New York-based comedy troupe that not only travels constantly to share their funny with the world, but also has their own television show known as "Impractical Jokers". These 4 life-long friends met at Monsignor Farrell High School in Staten Island, where they became interested in drama and improv. Brian, Joe, Sal and James' high school pictures. That would mean the guys have been best friends for over 25 years! Through it all, they have worked non-stop at getting to where they are today. As they always say, nothing ever comes easy. Joe, Sal, Brian and James are another example of that. Following their online successes, the four were set to develop a scripted comedy for Spike TV based on their actual lives in 2008. After the network passed on the series, a second pilot starring The Tenderloins themselves was set to be created in 2009. However, things didn't work out as they had hoped. Through all of the bumps in the road, with the help of James Murray and his TV Development background, a massive hit, originally known as "Mission: Uncomfortable", was discovered that showcased their true friendship. That alone made the show relatable to its viewers. Aside from working constantly they have not only made themselves laugh, but they have helped millions of fans find a sense of relief in this insane world that we live in.

Brian "Q" Quinn, James "Murr" Murray, Joe Gatto, and Sal Vulcano in Times Square.

The Tenderloins have gained their popularity not only from being funny, but from working together. Each guy has always made sure to include input. James Murray works along with the business side due to his background in Television Development. Joe Gatto is always behind the scenes with the production and crew, as well as editing episodes. Sal Vulcano and Brian Quinn tend to work with the creative side of both the comedy troupe and television show. At the end of the day though, they always have made sure to work together. All of this has led to multiple comedy tours and 6 seasons of a popular television show. These 4 guys began a project that brought back a little bit of funny and true, genuine friendship to TV (something that is sadly overlooked these days). Please, explore the website to learn about this wonderful comedy troupe itself as well as their television show that airs on truTV.

Who Are The Tenderloins?

"Thank you for being a friend."-Golden Girls

The Tenderloins are a New York-based comedy troupe that began in 1999. For a period of time, there were 5 members: Joseph Gatto, Salvatore Vulcano, James Murray, Mike Boccio, and Gideon Horowitz. The 'original' 'The Tenderloins'. James Murray, Mike Boccio, Joe Gatto, Sal Vulcano and Gideon Horowitz.  Brian Quinn was involved with the comedy troupe, but did not officially join the troupe fully until around 2006. Back in 2000, the troupe was accepted into a showcase called “PS NBC”. They were truly hoping that would be their ‘big break’, but they were told at the time that they ‘didn’t have a point of view’ and they ‘didn’t lose enough yet’ to make it big. Later on, in 2006, The Tenderloins directed their talents toward comedy sketches which gathered views on the internet.(MySpace, YoutTube, etc.) In 2007, along with their online success, the troupe ended up winning a $100,000 prize from NBC’s "It’s Your Show" competition for the sketch “Time Thugs”. From that point, the four best friends began attempting to find a way to show their funny in a way that was still true to them. After a few pilots that never made it to air, they began to wonder if it was ever going to work out. They just couldn't find the style that they wanted to work with.

Then 2010 happened. They had a meeting with truTV in 2 weeks to pitch an idea for a television show. There was one issue, they had nothing planned. Over some lunch, the guys then developed an idea of a show where they would do & say things that would make them uncomfortable...not the people around them. The guys then went out and recorded an iPhone video of their idea of what was originally called "Mission: Uncomfortable". The video was sent to truTV for viewing, and then "Impractical Jokers" was born. This began something that would eventually turn into a beloved TV show. James Murray had gained knowledge on what format they needed to find, so he was able to use his background to push the process even further. They needed to find a format that was different, yet was still ‘them’ in a sense. Yes, people considered it a hidden camera show, but there’s a twist. The joke is on them…not the civilian. The hijinks are to show what they won’t do. They are normal, everyday guys that are putting themselves into crazy situations, but they know there’s eventually a limit. The Tenderloins had something different to show than other hidden camera shows. They were life-long friends, and they wanted to find a way to have the audience feel like they were part of the group too.

One of Murr's Selfies from the 'Santiago Sent Us' Tour.

Even with a popular TV show under their belt, The Tenderloins are who they are. "Impractical Jokers" is their television show. That should always be made clear.The Tenderloins are here to stay to share their funny with the world. As James Murray said in Entreprenur Magazine: "The Tenderloins are a creative force for hire." They have had a spin-off show on truTV called "Jokers Wild", they already been able to sell out three back-to-back shows at Radio City Music Hall, they have taken their comedy tour to places such as Hawaii, and they have performed to sold out crowds totaling to 100,000 seats throughout the United Kingdom. As always, the tickets are to see The Tenderloins for who they are. Currently, Joseph Gatto, James Murray, Brian Quinn and Salvatore Vulcano are the creators, executive producers, and stars of truTV’s hit show "Impractical Jokers", and they are ready to take on anything else that comes their way.

James Murray


Get to know James Murray.
  • May 1st, 1976
  • Attended Monsignor Farrell High School
  • Studied at Georgetown University where he received a BA in English
  • After he graduated college his parents wanted to buy him new a car, but instead he wanted to use the $20,000 to make his very own movie titled: "Damned! The Movie". Let's just say...he wishes he took the car.
  • Works with many charities and foundations. One of them being Make-A-Wish Foundation.
  • As part of a group punishment, he had to receive a tattoo of a ferret skydiving
    (The reason behind his tattoo is because he had to skydive for a previous punishment, and the other guys constantly call him a ferret).
  • Aside from the comedy troupe and television show, he currently works at NorthSouth Productions where he is the Senior Vice President of Development (NorthSouth Productions also happens to produce "Impractical Jokers").

Salvatore Vulcano


Get to know Salvatore Vulcano.
  • November 6th, 1976
  • Attended Monsignor Farrell High School
  • Studied at St. John’s University where he earned a degree in Finance.
  • As part of a group punishment, he had to receive a tattoo of Jaden Smith
    (There is no actual reason as to why he had to get this specific tattoo. Joe just thought it was funny).
  • He is scared of cats, and the 3 other guys use that fear to their advantage on "Impractical Jokers".
  • Works with many charities and foundations. One of them being Doctors Without Borders.
  • He is a co-host of the "What Say You?" Podcast along with life-long friend Brian Quinn.
  • He owned and managed a bar during Season 1 of "Impractical Jokers".
  • Aside from the show and The Tenderloins Comedy Troupe, he also does solo stand-up comedy.

Brian Quinn

Get to know Brian Quinn.
  • March 14th, 1976
  • Attended Monsignor Farrell High School
  • He attended Brooklyn College and later went on to join the New York City Fire Department.
  • He absoltuely loves cats! He happens to have 3 of them.
  • As part of a group punishment, he had to receive a tattoo of a cat along with the text "38. Lives Alone. Has 3 cats."
    (The reason behind his tattoo was because he obviously loves cats).
  • Works with many charities and foundations. One of them being The Steven Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.
  • He is a co-host of the "What Say You?" podcast along with life-long friend Sal Vulcano.
  • He is also a co-host along with Bryan Johnson and Walt Flanagan for the podcast "Tell ‘Em Steve-Dave!"

Joesph Gatto


Get to know Joesph Gatto.
  • June 5th, 1976
  • Attended Monsignor Farrell High School
  • Studied at LIU Post where he received a degree in Accounting.
  • Founder of The Tenderloins Comedy Troupe.
  • Worked at a baby retail store, Giggle, until "Impractical Jokers" started in 2011.
  • Him and his wife, Bessy, are huge supporters/promoters of "Adopt, Don't Shop". They have 4 adorable dogs.
  • Works with many charities and foundations. One of them being the non-profit organization Daniel's Music Foundation.
  • He constantly speaks out on bullying and reminds everyone that they are worth it. He always takes the time to remind everyone either on Twitter or during his Traffic Cam Periscopes.
  • He has a wife named Bessy and a daughter named Milana. A baby boy is due this summer.

The Impractical Jokers

"Prepare for something amazing."- Sal Vulcano

One of the first 'Impractical Joker' promo pictures. Six Seasons, 139 episodes (at this moment), 18 specials...it is clear that "Impractical Jokers" is a hit television show on truTV. The show was originally advertised as "Mission: Uncomfortable", but the network eventually re-announced it to be "Impractical Jokers": a show starring “4 life-long friends that compete to embarrass each other”.

The show showcases the antics of Joe, James (Murr), Brian (Q) and Sal. Four best friends (for over 25 years) that met in high school and eventually started a comedy troupe now known as The Tenderloins.Sal, Q, Joe and Murr in London filming their 'British Invasion' special. The show is mainly taken place in New York, but the guys have taken the show to various places such as New Orleans, Miami, a cruise, Universal Studios in Orlando, FL, Hawaii, Texas and England. The way the show is set up is that the guys will compete in 2-3 challenges per episode. Depending on the location of the challenge (park, grocery store, White Castle, gas station, mall, etc.) they will have to do a certain task. Before every challenge, the Jokers explain where they are and what the challenge is. If they fail to do the task(s) noted, they get a 'thumbs down'. Most of the time, there is an ear piece placed on the guy or guys that are performing the antics while the others have a microphone in a covert location telling them what to say or do. For each round of that challenge, the main objective of each challenge is pretty much the same for each of the Jokers.

At the end of the episode, the Joker or Jokers with the most 'thumbs down' is declared the 'loser' of that episode and is then punished. Now, punishments are usually more embarrassing, humiliating, disgusting, painful or scary than any of the regular challenges. The guys plan out the punishments for each other, and the one that is being punished doesn’t know what their punishment is until the very moment it is happening. When planning a punishment, they like to try and go with each guy’s weakness or fear so the reaction is even more unbearable. Unlike the challenges, punishments cannot be refused, or the Joker is off the show. That was a gentelman's agreement that the 4 guys made prior to the show. The guys themselves have always made sure to make it clear that the point of the show is to embarrass the 4 of them. It's sort of a reversal 'prank' show where the joke is on them rather than the people around them.

Episode Statistics from The Impractical Jokers
Joker Punishments Thumbs Down Thumbs Up Challenges
Joe 32 (23.9%) 123 (36.0%) 224 (65.5%) 342 (89.5%)
Murr 42 (31.3%) 147 (43.0%) 201 (58.8%) 342 (89.5%)
Q 33 (24.6%) 121 (35.9%) 222 (65.9%) 337 (88.2%)
Sal 48 (35.8%) 142 (41.6%) 206 (60.4%) 341 (89.3%)
Example of the 'thumbs down' display on 'Impractical Jokers'
During every episode, they show who has 'thumbs down' after each challenge.
At the end of the episode, they declare who the 'loser' is.
Celebrity Appearances
Season 2 Season 3 Season 4 Season 5 Season 6 Specials
Imagine Dragons (Episode 23) Joey Fatone (Episode 6) Soren Thompson (Episode 2) Alex Brightman (Episode 24) Gary Busey (Episode 2) Howie Mandel (Live Punishment Special)
Rosie O'Donnel (Episode 22) Tommy Dreamer (Episode 23) Danica McKellar (Episode 6)   Bully Ray (Episode 4) James Buckley (British Invasion)
    Ulambayaryn Byambajav (Episode 11)   Velvet Sky (Episode 4) Travis Pastrana (Live Nitro Circus Spectacular)
        Tommy Dreamer (Episode 4) Joey Fatone (Live Nitro Circus Spectacular)
        Joey Fatone (Episode 12)  

Touring the World

"Make sure to laugh loud!" - Joe Gatto

The first time the guys performed for an audience, two people showed up. Yes, you read that correctly, two people showed up! As the guys have explained during their live shows, if you do quick math that's almost as if each guy was telling jokes to half a person.One of the various sold out shows at the O2 in London, UK. As time has gone on, and the show "Impractical Jokers" has gotten more popular, the guys have seen their fanbase for their comedy troupe grow. It has grown to the point of selling out a stadium in the London known as the O2 MULTIPLE times. This stadium happens to hold 20,000 people! As for the US, The Tenderloins have sold out 3 back-to-back shows at Radio City Music Hall, and they are now playing multiple shows a night in venues such as The Chicago Theater, KA Theater at the MGM Grand, The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort, and are rumored to be performing at Madison Square Garden in the near future! They have even had the opportunity to take their tour to places such as Universal Studios and Hawaii.

The Tenderloins in Chicago, IL Their shows not only include jokes, stories, laughs and a real-time view of their life-long friendship, but fans of The Tenderloins that also happen to be fans of "Impractical Jokers" can see sneak peeks of upcoming episodes, behind the scenes content of certain challenges that you'll never see on television, and even some other challenge ideas that the network wouldn't let be on the show. The guys always hope that fans of the show who take the time to come out and see their comedy show, leave the comedy show as a fan of both the TV show and The Tenderloins themselves. If you're a fan of both you get double the laughs!

Las Vegas, NV Show.

Las Vegas, NV

8:00PM

May 19 2017

Seattle, WA Show #1.

Seattle, WA

5:00PM

May 20 2017

Seattle, WA Show #2.

Seattle, WA

8:00PM

May 20 2017

San Diego, CA Show #1.

San Diego, CA

5:00PM

May 21 2017

San Diego, CA Show #2.

San Diego, CA

8:00PM

May 21 2017

Scranton, PA Show.

Scranton, PA

7:00PM

June 9 2017

Welch, MN Show.

Welch, MN

8:00PM

June 30 2017

Toledo, OH Show.

Toledo, OH

8:30PM

July 6 2017

Traverse City, MI Show.

Traverse City, MI

8:00PM

July 7 2017

Indianapolis, IN Show #1.

Indianapolis, IN

7:00PM

July 8 2017

Indianapolis, IN Show #2.

Indianapolis, IN

10:00PM

July 8 2017

Atlanta, GA Show.

Atlanta, GA

7:00PM

July 9 2017

Mashantucket, CT Show #1.

Mashuntucket, CT

8:00PM

July 28 2017

Mashantucket, CT Show #2.

Mashuntucket, CT

11:00PM

July 28 2017

Mashantucket, CT Show #3.

Mashuntucket, CT

7:30PM

July 29 2017

Jackson, MI Show.

Jackson, MI

County Fair

August 6 2017

Atlantic City, NJ Show #1.

Atlantic City, NJ

8:00PM

August 17 2017

Atlantic City, NJ Show #2.

Atlantic City, NJ

7:00PM

August 18 2017

Atlantic City, NJ Show #3.

Atlantic City, NJ

10:00PM

August 18 2017

Las Vegas, NV Show.

Las Vegas, NV

8:00PM

September 22 2017

Phoenix, AZ Show.

Phoenix, AZ

7:00PM

September 23 2017

Los Angeles, CA Show.

Los Angeles, CA

8:00PM

September 24 2017

Manchester, UK Show.

Manchester, UK

8:00PM

October 5 2017

Glasgow, UK Show.

Glasgow, UK

8:00PM

October 6 2017

Sheffield, UK Show.

Sheffield, UK

8:00PM

October 7 2017

Cardiff, UK Show.

Cardiff, UK

8:00PM

October 8 2017

Leeds, UK Show.

Leeds, UK

8:00PM

October 10 2017

Nottingham, UK Show.

Nottingham, UK

8:00PM

October 11 2017

Birmingham, UK Show.

Birmingham, UK

8:00PM

October 12 2017

London, UK Show.

London, UK

8:00PM

October 13 2017

Newcastle, UK Show.

Newcastle, UK

8:00PM

October 14 2017

Dublin, IRE Show.

Dublin, IRE

8:00PM

October 15 2017

Impractical Jokers Cruise 2!

Impractical Jokers Cruise 2!
(New Orleans to Costa Maya)

November 1-5 2017
3 shows while on the cruise.
Almost Sold Out!

One Big, Happy Family

The Tenderloins consider their fanbase as one big, happy family.

Get to know the family that supports the 4 best friends from Staten Island.

The fandom for the 4 best friends from Staten Island are more than just your typical fandom. They are a family. Not only do the fans look at each other as family, but they also look at the guys as family. It's crazy to even think of just how much Joe, James, Brian and Sal mean to the millions that love them. They always say laughter is the best medicine and that is more than true when it comes to the impact that these guys have had for so many people. Not only is the love expressed toward the guys, but the guys have shown countless times just how much they care as well. Not only do the guys have 'Meet & Greets' for their fans, but Joe and James try their best to take a second to visit fans outside the venue to take pictures, videos and sign autographs. The guys have even created an "Impractical Jokers Cruise" for their fans. A cruise that allows 2,200 fans to go on a vacation with the guys themselves along with numerous special guests including Joey Fatone, the unofficial 5th Joker, for you N'Sync fans.

Aside from the fun events they always put on for their fans. The guys always try to be as active as they can on social media. Joe Gatto always uses Periscope to talk with fans in what he calls "Traffic Cam". This is where Joe happens to be stuck in traffic and he sets up a live stream to just talk with fans, laugh and dance along to whatever is on the radio. James Murray is also very active on Periscope. James tries to always do a live stream just before a new episode airs where he will talk with fans and answer any questions. Both Joe and James also try to respond to as many tweets as possible. As for Sal and Brian, they always say if you see them out somewhere to not be shy and come say hello. After Sal's solo stand up routines, some fans stick around to say hello and Sal always tries to make sure to have some time to talk with just them. Same goes with Brian. A lot of "Tell 'Em Steve Dave" listeners have met Brian at meet-ups and live recordings for the podcast, and Brian has always taken the time to talk to everyone as much as he can. Together, both Brian and Sal have had meet-ups for their podcast "What Say You?" where they have went out with fans and have even held a karaoke night! Anyone that has ever had the opportunity to meet the guys have said that they are truly the kindest, most down-to-earth group of guys that you'll ever meet. They take every moment they can to talk to everyone and they treat them as if they're one of their friends. You feel as if you are part of the group.

Meet & Greets, Merchandise, and Tour Pictures
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A custom styled pillow of Brian Quinn. Credit: Aimee Buchanan

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A photo with Sal Vulcano during a meet & greet. Credit: Amber Marie Carlance.

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A photo with Joe Gatto during a meet and greet. Credit: Amber Marie Carlance.

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A photo with Brian Quinn during a meet and greet. Credit: Amber Marie Carlance.

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A photo with James Murray during a meet and greet. Credit: Amber Marie Carlance.

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A photo with Joe Gatto during a meet and greet. Credit: Ashley Evans

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A photo with James Murray during a meet and greet. Credit: Ashley Evans

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A photo with Joe Gatto during a meet and greet. Credit: Brittany Donahay

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A photo with Sal Vulcano during a meet and greet. Credit: Brittany Donahay

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A photo of the guys greeting fans after their show. Credit: Brittyne Wilson

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A photo of some fans getting a selfie with the guys near the end of their show. Credit: Candi McArt

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A photo with Sal Vulcano after one of Sal's solo stand-up routines. Credit: Christine Antosca

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A group photo with Joe, Brian, Sal and James during their meet and greet! Credit: Dawn Andolina

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A group photo with Sal, James, Joe and Brian during their meet and greet! Credit: Dawn Williams

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A selfie with 'Creepy Murr' after their show! Credit: Destiny Krueger

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A group photo with the guys (and a special punishment guest) during their meet and greet. Credit: Jennifer Clement

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James Murray and Sal Vulcano merchandise. Credit: Jenny Shapiro

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Impractical Joker merchandise. Credit: Jenny Shapiro

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Impractical Jokers/Tenderloins merchandise. Credit: Jenny Shapiro

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The Tenderloins' 'Santiago Sent Us' tour shirt. Credit: Jenny Shapiro

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Handmade Impractical Joker keychains. Credit: Jessica Nicole Villanueva

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A group photo with the guys during their meet and greet. Credit: Judy Yant

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A photo of the guys greeting fans near the stage after one of their shows. Credit: Khara Cook

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A photo with Sal Vulcano during a meet and greet. Credit: Kim O'Donnell DiBattista

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A photo of Brian Quinn talking to some fans during a meet and greet. Credit: Kim O'Donnell DiBattista

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A photo with James Murray while they were filming their punishment in the UK. Credit: Kyleigh Doolan

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A photo with Brian Quinn while they were filming their punishment in the UK. Credit: Kyleigh Doolan

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A photo of James Murray photo-bombing a fan photo. Credit: Laura Wright

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An amazing work of art that lists a bunch of quotes from both 'The Impractical Jokers' and 'The Tenderloins' Credit: Laura Wright

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Custom made notebooks of Sal Vulcano, and the 'What Say You' podcast. Credit: Lauren Dowdeswell

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Impractical Joker merchandise. Credit: Lauren Dowdeswell

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A custom made Impractical Jokers bag. Credit: Lauren Dowdeswell

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A custom made Sal Vulcano punishment themed notebook. Credit: Lauren Dowdeswell

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A custom made 'What Say You?' podcast themed notebook. Credit: Lauren Dowdeswell

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Brian Quinn's TESD comic book intro. Credit: Lauren Dowdeswell

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A group photo with James, Brian, Sal and Joe during a meet and greet. Credit: Liz Flight

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A photo with Sal Vulcano after one of his stand-up routines. Credit: Lynn Lance

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A group photo with James, Joe, Brian and Sal during one of their meet and greets. Credit: Mary Kolek

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An Impractical Jokers Season 6 themed t-shirt. Credit: Meredith Miller

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A group photo with James, Joe, Sal and Brian during one of their meet and greets. Credit: Michelle De-Pass

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A photo with James Murray outside the venue after the show. Credit: Michelle D-Pass

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A photo with Joe Gatto outside the venue after the show. Credit: Michelle D-Pass

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A group photo with James, Sal, Brian and Joe during a meet and greet. Credit: Michelle Soriano Lepore

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A group photo with Brian, Sal, James and Joe at one of their meet and greets. Credit: Natasha Banfield

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A group photo with Brian, Joe, Sal and James during one of their meet and greets. Credit: Natasha Banfield

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An Impractical Joker 20th Birthday Cake! Credit: Neelam Ahmed

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A photo with Joe Gatto during a meet and greet. Credit: Nidia Gomez

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A group photo with Brian, Sal, Joe and James during one of their meet and greets. Credit: Rachel Ruiz Gomez

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A photo with Sal Vulcano during one of their meet and greets. Credit: Rachel Sackett

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A photo of Sal Vulcano talking to Rachel. Credit: Rachel Sackett

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A group photo with Sal, James, Joe and Brian at a meet and greet. Credit: Stephanie Kidd

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Contact Information

Joe, James, Sal and Brian always love hearing from their fans. They personally open and read any mail that is sent to them, and they try to be active on social media as much as they can. They've always tried their best to make every single person feel like part of their family. Here, you will find various social media pages as well as an address to send any fan-mail to. (You might even get lucky and they'll send you something back in return!) Below, is a quick survey made specifically for those that may have never heard of The Tenderloins until recently. However, anyone that wants to take the survey is more than welcome to!

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