Why Inconvenient Wildcards Appeared On Syfy’s 12 Monkeys
Although the impractical Jokers are known for being uncomfortably funny, the quarter all had guest appearances on the SyFy 12 Monkeys TV series.
There is perhaps no more comedic TV quartet than TruTV’s Impractical Jokers. Since 2011, the four lifelong friends known on stage as The Tenderloins have engaged in continuous scenes of graphic stupidity as they compete to embarrass each other, as well as escape a particularly humiliating punishment. While the show was pretty much the cornerstone of TruTV, it’s not the only place the four Jokers have made their mark on the big screen.
The four impractical Jokers also appeared in the hit SyFy Channel series 12 monkeys, with their appearances on several different episodes. Of course, they weren’t playing themselves (or any of their equally silly characters), which only makes these cameos even more unintentionally humorous or bizarre.
The impractical appearances of jokers on 12 monkeys
The first appearance of the Impractical Jokers on 12 monkeys was in the Season 2 premiere “Year of the Monkey.” Here, Jennifer Goines’ character is at a speed dating event, where she does more than rock the world of a man named Dale. Dale is played by none other than Brian “Q” Quinn, the long-braided ex-firefighter of The Tenderloins quartet. A few episodes later that season on the episode “Body of Water”, James “Murr” Murray is cast as Don the receptionist who tries, and fails, to befriend Goines.
The Season 3 episode “Causality” featured the team traveling back in time to find a document in the late 1980s. During the episode, two security guards named Larry and Sal, played by Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano, make an appearance. It’s arguably the most shocking cameo, but it’s also a pretty hilarious joke. Not only does Sal share the same name as his character, but Joe’s character name, Larry, is a tribute to an unseen individual whose name Joe screams loudly in the various challenges on Inconvenient Wildcards.
Nets cameos on 12 monkeys were scathingly ironic
The fact that the impractical Jokers were on 12 monkeys is incredibly strange indeed, especially considering how different the show is from their own material. The SyFy Channel series was a loose reimagining of the 1995 Bruce Willis vehicle of the same name, which itself was based on the French short. The Pier. The story revolved around James Cole and Cassandra Railly, who used time travel to stop an evil organization from decimating humanity with a deadly pandemic. For 4 seasons, 12 monkeys had 47 episodes in total, though of course only a few featured the impractical Jokers.
Given its now particularly topical tone and premise, 12 monkeys was definitely not a comedic or funny series. It only made the Jokers cameos even more hilarious to those who knew who they were, especially in the case of Joe Gatto’s Larry. That wasn’t just a big set of cameos, though, as all four Jokers were also on CBS’s reboot of MacGyvernamely the episode “Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey”, where their characters were part of a murder mystery storyline.
The presence of the boys in these shows makes sense, however, with Murray in particular being a huge fan of MacGyver. Likewise, Q is a big nerd, having been a fan of the 12 monkeys series as well as comics. In fact, he attributes his comic book fandom to the fact that his grandmother would have known Cesar Romero, who played the Joker in 1960s Adam West. Batman TV shows. Needless to say, this has only raised the profiles of The Tenderloins, brightening their resumes while keeping them off the loser board.
12 Monkeys can currently be streamed on Hulu, while Impractical Jokers is available to watch on HBO Max.
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