truTV has announced its first-ever feature-length film, Impractical Jokers: The Movie, directed by Chris Henchy (Daddy’s Home, Eastbound & Down) and produced by Funny or Die, coming Feb. 21, 2020.
James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn, Joe Gatto, and Sal Vulcano, the guys who formed the comedy troupe The Tenderloins before getting on truTV as Impractical Jokers, star as themselves in a fictional story of a humiliating high-school mishap from the early 1990s. Featuring appearances from Paula Abdul, Jaden Smith, and Joey Fatone, the movie combines the fictional narrative with real-life footage of over-the-top punishments and callbacks to classic moments from their TV series. Once the Impractical Jokers hit the road, they compete in hidden camera challenges for the chance to turn back the clock and find redemption.
“One can never have enough Impractical Jokers in their life and we’ve finally been given the chance to deliver on that,” said Brett Weitz, General Manager for TNT, TBS, & truTV. “As we continue to build upon their ever growing brand, the film will celebrate all of the hijinks and antics these guys are known for but with bigger twists than we can achieve in a 30-minute format.”
“The opportunity to bring the fun we have making Impractical Jokers from television to the big screen is a dream come true for us,” said The Tenderloins. “When we started the show eight seasons ago, we always had a desire to expand our style of comedy to new mediums outside of television, and via our comedy tours, cruises, and now film, we’re excited to continue this adventure with our fans.”
“As a longtime fan of Impractical Jokers, I was thrilled to get the chance to work with the guys – and not have it be a practical joke at my expense,” said Henchy. “They welcomed me into their family and created an amazing experience!”
The film is produced by Gatto, Murray, Quinn, Vulcano, Henchy, and Funny Or Die’s Jim Ziegler and Buddy Enright. Executive producers include Jack Rovner and Funny Or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell.
New episodes of truTV’s Impractical Jokers return on Jan. 30, 2020, with the 200th episode airing Feb. 13, the week before the movie premiere.