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Refreshing! A Comedy with No Political Humor and a Ton of Laughs

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There are not a lot of TV shows today that the family can watch together.

There are even fewer that leave out the loud political bickering that too often is included in today’s television sitcoms and programs.

“Impractical Jokers” is a hidden camera television series featuring the comedy group The Tenderloins, which consists of four high school friends from Staten Island, New York — Sal Vulcano, Brian Quinn, Joe Gatto, and James Murray (pictured above, left to right).

The TruTV show has been on the air since 2011 and it’s currently in its seventh season — with a movie and an eighth season already on the way in 2019.

Vulcano, Quinn, Gatto and Murray compete on the series in various challenges involving a wide range of pranks.

These challenges include everything from clipping balloons to the jackets of innocent and unknowing shoppers in grocery stores — to getting passerbys to sign a petition created by the other three hosts in an effort to make the fourth person fail.

The comedians earn a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down rating for each challenge — and the loser of the entire episode is subjected to a comedic punishment concocted by the other three “Jokers” stars.

(Heads up to the parents of young kids: Some of the punishments push the envelope in the scary or gross category.)

The series is one of the few modern comedies families can actually watch together. While the humor is sometimes over the top and raunchy in some of the challenges, it’s a tamer show than most out there today. The fun is mainly fueled by the genuine friendship of the four stars — and people’s stunned reactions to the challenges.

It’s a series that leaves both viewers and the cast members themselves smiling before every commercial break.

By keeping the focus on generating as many laughs as possible for the biggest audience out there, “Impractical Jokers” is more inviting and well-intentioned than most other reality shows.

The cast members have worked hard to keep the typical divisions seen in popular culture away from their program.

Brian Quinn revealed during an episode of the podcast “Tell ‘Em Steve Dave,” which he co-hosts with “Comic Book Men” stars Walt Flanagan and Bryan Johnson, that someone from Hillary Clinton’s team during the 2016 presidential election approached the show about the possibility of the former presidential candidate’s appearing in a segment.

Quinn said the cast and crew talked over the decision — and decided there could be no Hillary Clinton episode.

He said they decided they would not want to appear in any way to be jumping onto one or the other political side.

Not only would they turn down a Hillary Clinton guest appearance, they’d also turn down offers from Donald Trump and other politicians.

It bucks politics and keeps its focus on four friends getting a little competitive — and spreading smiles and joy that the world very much needs today.

Clinton’s camp never followed up, but the handling of that decision shows that the people behind “Jokers” care more about the laughs they create for their audience rather than agendas — and that can’t be said of most comedies on the air today [1].

“Impractical Jokers” is arguably the most unifying comedy on television.

It bucks politics and keeps its focus on four friends getting a little competitive — and spreading smiles and joy that the world very much needs today.

“Impractical Jokers” airs in TruTV on Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET and 9 p.m. Central.

Check out one of the classic punishments from “Impractical Jokers,” in which Sal Vulcano is on the chopping block below: