The improv comedy Impractical Jokers, which set the agenda for truTV’s brand as a comedy network, started with a wiseacre at a Staten Island Catholic high school. Joe Gatto would smell the elbow of his religion class teacher as she walked between desks. Luckily for him, the teacher never noticed, but classmates did. Soon he became friends with three of them. The four (pictured above, left to right) -- Brian "Q" Quinn, Sal Vulcano, Gatto and James "Murr" Murray -- began hanging, playing pranks and goofing around, eventually forming a comedy troupe known as The Tenderloins. For years they played tiny clubs, often filled with family and friends. They all had other jobs. Gatto worked at an upscale children's furniture store. Vulcano worked in finance. Quinn was on the FDNY -- a job he held for two seasons after the show began.
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