12 things you need to know before ‘Impractical Jokers: Homecoming’ Thursday
By Rob Bailey | firstname.lastname@example.org | Posted July 11, 2018 at 12:36 PM | Updated July 12, 2018 at 12:12 AM
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Sal Vulcano, James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn and Joe Gatto are the “Impractical Jokers” of truTV’s hit series — and soon-to-be big screen movie — about four good-natured anti-wiseguys who challenge each other to side-splittingly awkward, hidden-camera dares and pranks.
Even before their first major motion picture was in the can, “The Tenderloins” were rare: Young borough breakout talents you wanted to cheer on — not cringe at, a la MTV’s “True Life: I’m a Staten Island Girl” or a host of other reality TV traumas.
And now we get to pay our respects: Staten Island Museum’s new “Impractical Jokers: Homecoming” exhibit opens this week on the grounds of Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden in Livingston.
“[We’re] excited to showcase … how, through commitment and comedy, they built longstanding friendships into a Staten Island success story,” said S.I. Museum President and CEO Janice Monger. “The exhibition will explore their roots and highlight the creativity of the ‘Jokers” humor.”
July 12’s exclusive opening night event launches with an outdoor festival at 4 p.m., highlighted by a brief speaking program with the “Jokers” at 6 p.m. to open the doors to the all-ages exhibition. Tickets are $150 or $250 for “premiere seating” at StatenIslandMuseum.org. Note: Regular admission to “Impractical Jokers: Homecoming — up through March 17, 2019 — is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors/students; $2 for children 2-12; free for members and kids under 2.
Featured artifacts: Original costumes, props and art (we hope to see some Christopher J. Sorrentino pieces in there!) created over the past seven seasons. Plus, new interviews, episode highlights, behind-the-scenes production secrets and interactive surprises.