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47 minutes ago, wallysmommy said:

"Up your ass, and to the left" is going to be my new mental go-to phrase when I'm in a meeting with executives and they ask me a stupid question.

I say it mentally ALL THE TIME and it never fails to amuse me. 

This is just such a fun show, and all four of the guys appear to be genuinely delighted that they're able to make a living messing with each other. :-)

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Funny thing:  I've actually decided that Murr looks better with Q's hair.  At least he did when he first started wearing it, before it started to get too ragged looking.  But it's a good look for him I think, the long hair.

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Watched the show last night, and I noticed something.  It seems like the jokers are getting more daring with their stunts.  Several times I thought "Oh there's no way he's going to do that", but then he would go on and do it.  Murr seemed only mildly inconvenienced by having to go around and "honk" pectorals.  And several times he and Sal were dared to do something to insult a passerby, and they didn't hesitate, even seemed to take a little pleasure in it.  I was thinking in the early episodes they were more reluctant to insult people openly.  

It's only natural though, that with all the seasons they've done, that they would have gotten better and more comfortable doing this with practice.

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Watched the season ending "GI Jokers" special.  Makes me wonder the way they destroyed Q's jeep.  Surely Q is going to be reimbursed for that loss, somehow or other?

They must have replaced the original hula girl in the car with another one, because there's no way I believe that it survived that fire.  Looks like they maybe smudged it up to look like it had some smoke damage.

When they said they were going to destroy a Joker's personal possession, I immediately thought that it was either Q's jeep or Murr's blanket.

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After we saw Murr being subjected to barrel rolls (LOL) my son and I just *knew* Q’s Jeep was not long for this world. 

It was a pretty great season finale IMO, and I liked that they were entertaining the troops and that no one got injured for a change. And it was hilarious to see what happened to Murr’s “q-pay”. XD

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2 hours ago, 17wheatthins said:

it was hilarious to see what happened to Murr’s “q-pay”.

Where did they carry that thing off to, anyway?  The Smithsonian?  I'm going to miss Murr's hairpiece.  Funny how Sal said that he got along better with him when he was wearing it.

I felt sorry for Murr going up in the jet.  I get motion sickness fairly easily, so I'm sure I would have been using the bag too.  Murr's done some amazing things considering he's afraid of heights.

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17 minutes ago, rmontro said:

Where did they carry that thing off to, anyway?  The Smithsonian?  I'm going to miss Murr's hairpiece.  Funny how Sal said that he got along better with him when he was wearing it.

I felt sorry for Murr going up in the jet.  I get motion sickness fairly easily, so I'm sure I would have been using the bag too.  Murr's done some amazing things considering he's afraid of heights.

I am consistently impressed by how far these guys, but mostly Murr, are willing to go for our entertainment. 

I liked the wig, but it was looking pretty ratty. I hope it was put away, maybe for future use? 

I feel like after these many years, maybe Sal's feelings about Murr have mellowed some & they did indeed grow closer. 

I cant wait for next season. :-D

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I'm currently watching them do the bit where they are making noise in the library with different items given them by the other Jokers and seeing if anyone shushes them.

That's a good bit, IMO, and they should revisit it.  They've done a lot of their grocery store games several times.

The problem might have been that people were reluctant to shush them, no matter what they did.  Sal banged some cymbals together, and still no one shushed him.  It was funny watching the people around them laughing though.

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On 4/3/2017 at 1:28 PM, 17wheatthins said:

I think it's his charisma and his pretty eyes, honestly. He can really flirt well also.

I'm sure it's just my memory but I can't seem to recall Sal ever really flirting on the show.  He is good at talking to people in a relaxed, natural way though.  

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I'd like to hear opinions on the Season 7 opener.  I felt like it lost its "4 friends from high school who perform acts of graphic stupidity" to "3 guys who do things to the 4h guy to see how much they can physically hurt him because they really don't like him."  The psychological challenges are funny.  Last night was like it was mailed in.  There was absolutely NO creativity. Recycled challenges, and throwing ice buckets on someone.  I love this show and hate the thought that they might not be putting the same passion into it that they did in earlier seasons.

Edited by wallysmommy · Reason: Spelling correction -- here is not the same as hear!

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I think I know what you mean about recycled challenges, but they will often reuse s challenge if it's popular, or if they really enjoy the outcome (humor-wise). They do try to come up with new ones, though, or at least new locations like Top of the Rock.  

As for Murr's punishment, they have all stated in interviews that having known each other for almost 30 years they know what each others' thresholds are, and play to them. I feel especially protective over Murr because his punishments seem to be a little more *more* than the others, if you know what I mean, but he takes all the punishments with aplomb, and I appreciate him even more for that. It seems to me like he is the one most willing to go the extra mile for our entertainment. No pun intended  

The others actually credit Murr for being the driving force behind them being as successful as they are. I've been to their live shows five times and spoken to them many times, Murr the most. Believe me, they all love each other very much. :-)

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I agree the first episode of season 7 was rather lackluster.  The marathon was the worst part, throwing cold water on someone running in freezing weather isn't funny, it's just mean, whether Murray is a good sport or not.

You can't help but notice that they give Murr what seems like the worst punishments, but I think there is something to the idea that the punishments are tailored to the person.  Look at the punishment where Murr was dressed as Dracula (one of my favorites).  He turned it into a triumph with his James Brown performance - working in high school theater paid off for him.  The point is you can't really give Murr the kind of punishments they give to say, Q, where they put him on stage and try to embarrass him, because it might backfire.

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I thought the second episode from season 7 bounced back nicely.  I thought the grocery store and UFO presentations were funny.

The Q punishment reminded me of the one where Murray was at the horse track selling hot dogs and wouldn't give anybody change.  Combining a similar situation with alcohol sounds dangerous.

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19 minutes ago, rmontro said:

I thought the second episode from season 7 bounced back nicely.  I thought the grocery store and UFO presentations were funny.

The Q punishment reminded me of the one where Murray was at the horse track selling hot dogs and wouldn't give anybody change.  Combining a similar situation with alcohol sounds dangerous.

Did you ever see the one when Sal has to “cut off” people at some alcohol convention? Very cringe inducing.  XD

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5 minutes ago, 17wheatthins said:

Did you ever see the one when Sal has to “cut off” people at some alcohol convention? Very cringe inducing.  XD

Hard to miss it when TruTV runs about 1,000 Impractical Joker episodes a week  :)  But yeah, I like that one, it's funny.  Always enjoyable to see Sal uncomfortable.

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I thought S7 episode 2 was much better than the season opener.  Murr's Dracula punishment is one of my favorites; it never fails to make me laugh.  There's no physical danger, and it's creative.  

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I loved seeing Murr slide down that railing in the store, but I was scared he would get seriously hurt by the guy when he went after him. :-( I'm glad the production team and security were so close by  

I loved the show pitches each of the guys did, and Q's turn in the store had me laughing pretty hard. 

I really love this show; it's one of the highlights of my week!

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15 hours ago, 17wheatthins said:

I was scared he would get seriously hurt by the guy when he went after him. :-( I'm glad the production team and security were so close by  

That was about as close a call as we've seen.  I was impressed by how quick those security guys (or whoever they were) got out there to protect their meal ticket.  Q kept wondering why he was so mad.  I'd say it's more surprising that this sort of thing doesn't happen to them more often.  (For context, this was the incident where Murr was supposed to get the guy to try on the bra for him, because he was the same size as his wife.  Murr kept laughing, but never even got his request out, because the guy started to go after him.  To be fair to the guy, Murr had already reached in front of him several times to get shirts.  Murr actually initiated the physical contact.)

At the end, with the punishment at the huge gala, there were so many people there.  No way that at least some of those people didn't recognize them.

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7 hours ago, rmontro said:

 

At the end, with the punishment at the huge gala, there were so many people there.  No way that at least some of those people didn't recognize them.

I loved seeing that one older woman who kept saying "stupid" over and over while they were giving their presentation. 

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In this last episode, the Jokers were in the dentist's office again.  Seriously, some of those patients had to be very leery, if not terrified by some of the things these guys were saying - like Q stating that he didn't really work there, plus all the bizarre things they were doing.  They had to feel like they were stuck in there with some sort of madman.

I thought Murr's "stripper punishment" was one of the funnier ones they've done.  All covered with welts and rashes because they shot his torso up with histamines - once again they mess with Murr's health in a punishment.  It was kind of similar to his "Dracula" punishment, because by the end he had turned a lot of the audience to his side.  Murr doesn't have a stripper body, but he does stay in at least decent shape.

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Q looks like he's got a Robert Plant type rock and roll pose in that picture, about to belt out another lyric into the mic.

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2 hours ago, rmontro said:

Q looks like he's got a Robert Plant type rock and roll pose in that picture, about to belt out another lyric into the mic.

My husband and I had second row seats to their live show last year (that's where I took the pic). I wore my Team Joe shirt and he actually called me out! I can honestly say I have never laughed so hard in my life. I already laugh like a hyena at the tv show, but seeing them live was on another level... 

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Wait, that's not a Robert Plant stance, that's a Joey Ramone stance!  I knew it looked familiar.  Joey grew up in Queens, so that's not too far from Q and the boys.

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On 3/3/2018 at 3:21 AM, rmontro said:

In this last episode, the Jokers were in the dentist's office again.  Seriously, some of those patients had to be very leery, if not terrified by some of the things these guys were saying - like Q stating that he didn't really work there, plus all the bizarre things they were doing.  They had to feel like they were stuck in there with some sort of madman.

I thought Murr's "stripper punishment" was one of the funnier ones they've done.  All covered with welts and rashes because they shot his torso up with histamines - once again they mess with Murr's health in a punishment.  It was kind of similar to his "Dracula" punishment, because by the end he had turned a lot of the audience to his side.  Murr doesn't have a stripper body, but he does stay in at least decent shape.

I thought Murr's "stripper punishment" was one of the funnier ones they've done

 I am divided on this one, as are 1/2 of my friends.

In talking about this episode, of course many thought it was funny.

But me and most of my friends thought they tried hard to play it up for laughs.  They made Murr look ridiculous.  Would I choose Murr over Tatum Channing, yes.  Would I choose Murr over Mathew or Joe, Oh hell to the no.  Murr has a decent body and I'm sure if he learned the dance moves he would be okay to perform with the cast.

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On 3/15/2019 at 12:41 PM, GordonGartrelle said:

But me and most of my friends thought they tried hard to play it up for laughs.  They made Murr look ridiculous. 

Well, that was kind of the point - to make Murr look ridiculous and get some laughs.

Saw the season opener.  Not much to say about it.  They focused a lot on Joe's change of hairstyle (from spikes to a combover).  

Sal thought no one would spill milk (or whatever) in the supermarket, turned out everybody did.  Everybody that we saw, anyway.

The taxi bit reminded me of several other challenges they try.  I'm surprised people don't freak out thinking they're stuck in a taxi with an unstable psychotic person.

Didn't care about the punishment at all, although I did think Murr's collection of Segways was pretty neat.  I knew they were going to end up breaking both guy's items.

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I laughed so hard at Joe in the taxi blowing in and out of the harmonica with that sad sack face. 

As soon as they showed the pinball machine and all the Segways I knew they were all doomed. My son actually gasped about that one of a kind pinball machine. 

I enjoyed the season opener. It’s nice to shut everything off and just laugh for a few minutes. 

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That was kind of a shame about the one of a kind pinball machine.  Sounds like they had been given it as a group, and Sal was the one to take it home.  So maybe they destroyed it out of some friendly spite.  A lot of these punishments are kind of mean.  I recently watched the one where they made Murr skydive,  The guy was terrified, I don't think it's right to make someone who has a fear of heights skydive, but maybe that's just me.

I looked up those Segways, those were the "cheaper" type Segways.  There was a knee control model and a scooter, and they both run under $500.  The original professional level Segways can cost like $6000 - $8000 dollars.  Makes you wonder how they obtain these personal items, surely they don't break into their houses.  Maybe Murr's parents let them in?  And someone from Sal's family?

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This is obviously a popular show, so I'm not sure why there isn't more traffic here.  Maybe it's because there are so many reruns always on that people can't figure out which are the new shows to comment on.

I don't care for punishments like they had last week, with Murr going around closing everybody's laptops.  I'm sure it was uncomfortable for him, but it seems like bits like this are more of a punishment for the people involved than for the Jokers themselves.  At least the Jokers know it's a joke, a TV show, and that they're getting paid.  And even if they're uncomfortable they usually get a laugh or two out of it.  The people in this case were just annoyed, since they're not in on the joke.

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Joe with the Virtual reality headset was cracking me up.  He truly is the funniest ones.  

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This is my favorite show right now. Season 2 is even better than Season 1, it's less about getting into people's faces and sexual innuendos, and there's more about people's surprisingly kind, or brazen responses to the gags.

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This may seem like an odd question, but has Sal ever had his shirt off?

I bring this up because they seem to be kind of soft with Sal when it comes to punishments.  Whereas they seem pretty harsh with Murray.  They've had several nude or near-nude punishment with Murr, and they threw him out of a plane even though he was afraid of heights.

It seems to me that if they knew Sal had an aversion to taking his shirt off, they would make him take his shirt off just to mess with him.  But a lot of the time they sort of let him off the hook, they don't make him go through with some of the stuff they ask him to do.  Like when he was giving the zoo presentation and they wanted him to put some animals on his shoulder, he couldn't do it.  And I seem to recall he couldn't do his part in the fireman punishment, so Q had him do something easier.  

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9 hours ago, 17wheatthins said:

I think this is the only instance:

Hey, you found one.  I'm impressed, I hadn't been able to think of one.

Q also has an admitted aversion to taking his shirt off, although he took it off without prompting on that episode where he was a restaurant manager and got into the "Hey, my eyes are up here" argument with the customer.  Again, since he's admitted his aversion, I'm surprised they don't make him do it.  They do it with Joe and Murr a lot, but they don't seem to care.

I can't remember if there are other instances of Q taking his shirt off or not.  I keep thinking of the episodes with the pools or the beach.

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Watched the most recent episode, where Q has to stick to one guy during a networking party.  Maybe I misread the situation, but it looked to me like that bald guy that Q was clinging to was there to pick up women just as much as he was to network.

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