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Friday, March 22, 2013

Make 'em Laugh, Make 'em Laugh, Make 'em Laugh!


I love to laugh. In fact, it’s one of my most favorite things to do. I have actually said on more than one occasion that I won’t pay good money for something that will make me cry. “If I’m paying for entertainment, it needs to be funny. I can sit at home and cry for free.” Several of you have probably even heard me say this, live and in person. More than once. I mean, it is a mantra. With all the ups and downs that happen in real life, laughing is important! It may be the only thing that keeps you sane.

No matter how much I love to laugh, however, I’m fairly subdued when it comes to making other people laugh. Oh, I like to think that I have a biting wit (no matter what the males in my life think). But I’ve always been the sort who likes to sit in the back of the class, notice what’s going on around me and make snarky (read: hilarious) comments under my breath to whoever is lucky enough to be sitting next to me.

I’m sort of funny on a one-to-one basis. Maybe one-to-two, depending on the two.

That’s why I truly enjoy those who are able to be funny on a global level, those who put themselves out there on a grand scale to “Make ‘em laugh, make ‘em laugh, make ‘em laugh.”

Over the last few months, I have become an avid follower of the TruTV show Impractical Jokers. Without a doubt it is THE funniest show on TV.  From time to time it can be crude (it’s not all good, clean fun) BUT it is always hilarious. If you’ve seen it before, you know what I mean. If you haven’t seen it before, you are totally missing out.

The gist of the show is this… Four men who grew up together in New York (and who apparently have spent most of their formative years daring each other to do ridiculous things) have turned practical jokes into a competition and perhaps an art form.

All four men – Sal Vulcano, Joe Gatto, Brian “Q” Quinn, and James “Murr” Murray compete against each other to not be the LOSER of each individual episode. A hidden camera follows each member of this group as they perform their tasks, usually with an ear bud in their ears, while the other three jokers tell them what to say/do. If they don’t do or say what they’re told, they lose.  You do NOT want to be the loser of any particular episode or you’ll get punished – in a most embarrassing way. (One time they hooked one of the jokers up to a lie detector machine in front of the current student body of their old Catholic high school and teachers, asking embarrassing questions that only your best friends would know the answers too.) Repeat after me – you don’t want to be a loser and get punished.

I’ve seen these four work a cash register at White Castle, be awful checkout emloyees at Costco, and work as free fortune tellers on the boardwalk. I’ve seen them decipher handwriting, try to teach a foreign language (one they didn’t speak) and steal food off people’s plates at a buffet. Here are some snippets at YouTube, if you'd like to see what I mean. (Though you MAY need to watch a full episode to understand the true genius of the show.

Their hijinks aside, the laughter of these four men as they watch each other compete is more than infectious. Their bond, camaraderie and long time friendship is heartwarming. When you finish watching an episode, you’ll find yourself wishing for more and wishing for friends like these guys. (As long as it’s not YOU they’re embarrassing in public.)

Even though I am not a practical joker in ANY way, shape, or form, I cannot help but get sucked in to each and every episode of this amazingly hilarious show.  If you are in the mood for a good laugh, and I mean a laugh that knocks you off the couch, you should find an episode of Impractical Jokers and experience the merriment for yourself. After all, I could never explain properly how funny they are… you have to see it for yourself.

Are you a practical joker? Have you seen this show? What makes you laugh more than anything?

22 comments:

  1. I've heard you talk about this show before, I'll have to check it out.

    I'm good with practical jokes as long as they aren't mean spirited.

    Youngest once watched a show about parents pranking their kids and said for months, "Why don't you guys do that to us? Why aren't you fun like that?" So then I pranked him and he's still complaining about it, a year later. :-)

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    1. LMAO! That's hilarious, Deb! What did you do that he's still complaining about?

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    2. Oh, I told you that story--it was the Wife Soup!

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    3. You did tell me that! But I for some reason I didn't think you ever told HIM. I thought I must be remembering something wrong. ;)

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  2. This sounds like lots of fun. I'll have to check it out. I love to laugh and pretty much joke around most of the time. I don't do practical jokes usually, but I almost always find something funny in the ridiculous, which is important at my workplace. My employer excels at ridiculous.

    My husband and I joke with the kids a lot, too, and they have a great sense of humor. At least I think they do. :)

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    1. Samantha ~ Watch an episode before letting the kids see it. (I say that and someone pointed out that my son probably hears worse walking the halls in high school everyday) but it's different when *I'm* the one showing him something.

      Anyway, it truly is the funniest thing on TV. I can even watch a re-run and laugh just as hard the second time.

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  3. Your title made me think of Donald O'Connor in "Singin in the Rain"--and that made me laugh. I love comedies, the older the better. My favorite comedian is Buster Keaton, so I suppose my taste runs to slapstick? Brilliantly done, of course. ;)

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    1. Lily ~ I love old comedies. The screwball comedies of the 30s and 40s are some of my absolute favorites. Everytime I think about Katherine Hepburn singing for her lost tiger in Bringing up Baby, I'll crack up! And Cary Grant is priceless, PRICELESS in that movie.

      I'm more of a witty banter than slapstick girl, but I can enjoy both. ;)

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  4. Ava,
    I love to laugh but rarely am able. I know, I'm weird. It isn't that I have no sense of humor (girl, please). I find lots of things humorous and snicker over some funny bits, but an actual laugh? Hard for me to come by. And my hubs almost always stops what he's doing to see what made me laugh, usually with a comment about how he's "never heard me laugh like that."
    It probably means I'm the devil's child or something. ;}

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    1. OMGoodness, Andris! You have got to watch this show. Your husband will be in complete and total shock!

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    2. Is it weird that I get anxiety over those shows? 0-0 I get stressed until it's revealed they're playing a prank! Why?! One would think my personality would lend itself to pranking!

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    3. If it makes you feel any better, if they're showing their faces the person has signed off on being "on air" after the prank. But sometimes like the man with mustache in the Costco episode's face is blurred. (But they did unblur his mustache - which is THE funniest thing ever! You'll have to see it to see what I mean.)

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    4. Andris.

      Big Girl gets really embarrassed FOR other people. She'd never make it though this show. She can't watch the first episodes of Idol or anything that puts people in that kind of situation. Covers her eyes.

      I didn't teach her that, so it has to come naturally.

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    5. I'm the same way! I can't watch the idol auditions because I'm mortified for them. I don't like seeing that, even if the dopes have done it to themselves. Hubs loves it, but I usually leave the room or cover my ears and close my eyes. ;/

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    6. This is not the same, Andris. It's all good spirited fun, the only ones getting embarassed are these guys (sometimes). Watch a clip, you'll see what I mean. Very different from AI auditions - I can't watch those. THOSE people have no idea how talentless they are and they'r ridiculed for it.

      This is a different thing altogether. YOU'LL LOVE IT! I promise!!

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  5. LOVE this show. Our whole family watches it :)

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    1. Isn't it awesome, Sharon? It'll put you in a good mood, guaranteed!

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  6. I've never heard of this show but it sounds totally in line with the kind of show I find funny! My DH points out that I'm not at all funny; I'm only a practical joker on the rare occasion. : ) I, too have more of the dry humor (read: sarcastic) think, Liz Lemon's high school years from 30 Rock (if you watch that show!) But thanks for the show recommendation! I'm always looking for good tv!

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    1. Look it up, Christi! You'll fall off the couch laughing, I promise. :)

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  7. I've never heard of this show either. It looks hilarious, and I can vouch that you do love to laugh. :))

    There is a show that HB and I watch, with Betty White, where these Senior Citizens prank people. It's crazy insane. Especially when the two old gusy "go back to college* and invite people their dope parties, b/c they want to throw down and score chicks. heh.

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    1. Oh, that sounds hilarious, Marquita! :) What's the name of the show?

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    2. I had to google it. Off Their Rockers. :D

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