truTV has ordered a 26-episode eighth installment of the hit series Impractical Jokers, with the brand also getting its first feature-length film.
Impractical Jokers looks on as four friends from Staten Island—The Tenderloins’ James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano—perform outrageous dares on hidden camera. The show is made by NorthSouth Productions. The season eight renewal will see new episodes airing on truTV through 2019.
Kicking off production this spring, the Impractical Jokers movie is being produced by Funny Or Die and directed by Chris Henchy (Eastbound & Down). It will tell the story of an embarrassing high school mishap from 1992 that sends the foursome on the road competing in hidden-camera challenges. Gatto, Murray, Quinn and Vulcano are producing alongside Henchy and Jim Ziegler. Executive producers include Marissa Ronca, Jack Rovner, Mike Farah and Joe Farrell.
“The Jokers’ authentic friendship and genuine relatability has endeared them to millions of fans around the world, creating one of the most original brands in all of television,” said Chris Linn, the president of truTV. “We’re incredibly proud of the partnership we’ve developed with the guys throughout the years, and the growing, multiplatform success of the Impractical Jokers brand.”
The Tenderloins noted: “We’re as surprised as anyone that four dudes from Staten Island have been allowed to make a TV show for as long as we have, so the idea of making this movie is absolutely mind-blowing. We love working with Chris Linn, Marissa Ronca, Simmy Kustanowitz and the entire truTV family, and we look forward to expanding and growing our partnership until they realize—truly realize—what they’ve gotten themselves into. None of this is possible without our amazing, talented and overly-dedicated TV crew, our crack team of reps and, most importantly, our dedicated fans. And now to work with Chris Henchy and the Funny Or Die team, we feel like we’re making the movie with a similar brand of good people.”
“I’m very excited to be working with truTV, Sal, Joe, Quinn and Murray,” added Henchy. “They’re talented, hysterical guys and I’m thrilled they asked me to direct their movie—unless this is all an elaborate practical joke by you guys, Funny Or Die and truTV—then well done, my friends.”