Hey! I'm Sal Vulcano from truTV's Impractical Jokers and The Tenderloins Comedy Troupe, ASK ME ANYTHING!
Jan 17th 2013 by salvulcano • 67 Questions • 889 Points
You weren't there. You don't understand.
Why do you guys all hate Murr so dearly? Is he a creep in real life or something?
He's our creep.
I'm here. Where are you?
How did you deal with the horrendous haircut you got on the season finale?
I wore a hat for a week, then shaved my head. Sucked.
Can you explain why on some of the challenges, two of you go head to head as opposed to all four of you being in on the challenge?
Sure. It can be a bunch of reasons. Most likely the "marks", or real people we interact with, refused to be on tv. In that instance you can blur them, but since the show is built around people's reactions, the blur is not ideal. Another reason sometimes is the network didn't ultimately like it. Sometimes we push things further, and it's always a risk we take, bc we are willing to go further than the network sometimes. But we have to maintain a tone to the show, so it's a necessary evil.
Has there ever been a joke where it was taken too far and not shown on TV?
Yes! We had the "genius" idea of going to a children's park and baby talk to kids and then shift that and baby talk to adults. We quickly realized we were creepily walking around a baby park and ogling children. The cops were called. That won't see the light of day.
Love the show. How difficult was it to do the dental assistant bit? I mean you tried so hard to keep a straight face but as the guy kept getting higher you just lost it. It made for some amazing TV, thank you!
It was the hardest I've laughed in two years. I only wish everyone could experience what it felt like. We cut out a lot of the laughter too.
100%. We all got a phone. It rings constantly. We answer when we can. We have answered a thousand calls already. But for obvious reasons, it's only a few a day.
I think my babysitter saw me naked once. I was only like 5, but I remember feeling like a jerk.
Honestly JUST started watching the other day while my gf slept..unfortunately for her, I was laughing so hysterically that she never ended up sleeping, but joined in.
With that said, here's my question: do you ever feel like the other guys tend to pick on you a little more than any other?
I think Murr gets it the worst. Glad you got that lazy girl up.
Sal, why do most of your challenges result in you doing a 'sassy gay man' type character?
Also, I just want to thank you for this show. It's the only show that genuinely makes me laugh out loud.
I guess deep down I'm a sassy gay man.
Hey Sal, is it going to get harder to do Impractical Jokers as you guys get more and more well known? Do you have any plans to work around this?
It may get slightly harder, but the truth is for every person that recognizes us, there are a hundred who don't. If we ever get to the point where it's too much, I guess that's a good problem to have?
Shut your face grandma! is something me and my brother yell randomly at home.
HUGE fan :)
Sweet. Tell that bitch to shut her trap.
ive always felt soo bad for the guy who was super excited about renting the house. what happend when you guys told him it wasnt real?
he was awesome about it. we invited him to the premiere and he came.
Mine were divorced when I was four, so I'd be impressed.
you guys have the funniest show on TV! my questions:
- How do you guys come up with the brilliant scenarios??
- Do you guys have to get releases from the random people involved in the prank?
- How much does that White Castle restaurant love/hate you?
- Have people started to recognize you around the city? Has there been a prank that didnt work because somebody recognized you guys?
- What the hell is wrong with Murr?
Hey thanks! 1. We sit down and write them like anyone would. 2. Yes, we legally need everyone's permission. 3. They LOVE us. Keep letting us come back!! 4. Yeah they started recognizing us. If we realize they know us we move them along. 5. Murr? He's a fucking douchebag.
Have you ever said no to the punishment/prank you were asked to do from being the loser of an episode? If so, what was it?
No, rule of the show is you're not allowed to say no to a punishment. That's why it's so nerve wracking.
HOLY CRAP. You're show is honestly the greatest thing ever. Thanks for the AMA!
My question: how does the show deal with the customers at certain places (Costco, White Castle, etc) that you guys end up offending because you were told to say things like calling that one guy "mustache"? Do they get some money or compensation?
No they don't. Usually people are pretty cool when they find out it's a show. The few who get mad we try to convince otherwise, or they get blurred, or cut from the show. On rare occasion if the person was gold, we try and throw them a few bucks to coerce them.
Hey Sal, I'm a huge fan! I was wondering if the nun at the internet cafe ever said anything to you about the sounds that were coming out of your computer speakers. How about the guy that unplugged them earlier, did he come back? You looked absolutely mortified! I felt for ya! LOL
Nun left before I had to cross paths with her. The guy came back twice. I think we only showed one for time. The second time was even worse. We also had to cut out a man's voice screaming "OH YEAH, PULL MY NUTS!!" That they repeated about 20 TIMES.
Impractical Jokers is the one show that has my girlfriend and me reliably laughing our asses off any time we watch it. You guys are awesome.
Thanks bacon! You're not so bad yourself. Well actually you're horrible. Bacon killed my uncle.
She is real, and she is spectacular.
Is everything on the show real? Or is some of it faked/exaggerated for better reactions? edit: Why downvote? I'm just asking.
Everything is real. It is one of our golden rules for the show. We won't do it otherwise because the show is built around real reaction, ours included.
While I certainly enjoy some of the stuff on IJ's, TruTV in the last few years has gone full retard with "reality" shows that they pose as real but are 99% fake/scripted.
I basically stopped watching IJ's because of that... if it is real it is on the wrong network. Being on TruTV is reeks of being completely staged.
I can't speak to the other shows because I'm not involved with them so I really don't know. They're definitely tongue in cheek. But our shit is real, yo.
I love your show. Its hilarious. You guys should do more of the ones where youre in the park and you hold signs up and yall have to read them.
I run cock fights now.
Whats the closest someones came to beating the shit outta yall?
Me. Thrice. A woman slapped me for telling her her baby was ugly. A war vet choked me for cutting him in line, and a Spanish dude almost decked me for taking his buffet food.
Sal, I love you guys. You are my #2 Joker after Joe. Question, how did Murr go naked in front of so many people in the public park in NYC without any legal issues from Tru TV?
I have no interest in speaking to someone who's opening line is you are not my absolute favorite. But fine. Murr covered up quick, and was wearing a see through little string thing, as was joe. So we had it on a technicality in case we got in trouble.
Look around, was there a single child present? If not you can be pretty sure it was partitioned off and allowed "extras" to pass through after signing the right forms. The other alternative is that he wore something skin colored that made him look naked once pixelated for TV. Stunts like this would make me question the authenticity of the entire show. If they faked it once, it's likely they fake it a lot.
Oh it was see through all right. If he didn't cover up you saw everything. But the literal cloth, although see through, was something we thought of on the off chance they tried to shut us down.
My wife and I love the show. We both agree that you are our favorite guy among the team. You come across as very likeable.
Every time I watch the scene where you guys steal food from people at the buffet, I'm dying.
My question is, has anyone tried to get physical and hit you guys?
Do you guys have someone to back you up in case someone gets aggressive?
Yes sir/ma'am. I answered that somewhere a few questions above.
- Ages of you and the other guys
- Creepiest thing fan has every done to you
- As a fan of the Steelers, why not come to Pittsburgh soon?
- Any plans for an Impractical Jokers movie?
- Favorite movie, band/music artist, song
- (this one my daughter made me ask) Type of woman Joe is attracted to.
- All 36 but I'm the youngest, bitches!
- Prob morph me into photos with them or morph photos of what our children would look like.
- I SO want to get to Pitt. No one will go with me.
- In fact a movie is something we'd love to do. We'll see.
- Some of my faves: A Christmas Story, Swingers and Rushmore. Bands - Cake, Black Keys, Tribe Called Quest, Stones, Beastie Boys, Ray Charles, I mean I can really just go on and on. One of my favorite songs is 25 Miles by Edwin Starr.
What is your favorite dish in the whole world?
Also, did Santiago send you?
Ravioli. I wrote that joke, so I sent him, technically.
Regarding the time you had to pick up poop: Was using gloves a part of the original plan, or did you have to fight for that?
I just kinda snuck it in. In hindsight, I wish I didn't. So in season 2, I did the elephant barehanded to make up for it. I'm traumatized.
Where do you get these crazy embarrasing ideas from? Are you really all crazy in reality?
We think them up. I think we may have an edge but not much more than anyone else. That's what makes the show work in my opinion. We are not fearless. We refuse things.
You guys have done so many crazy things. Is there anything that is completely off limits?
I'd say anything outwardly mean. The show is not about that. So I wouldn't punch a woman in the vagina or spit at a child. But anything else is fine.
Is it awesome to own the Full Cup? Also, how come you don't shoot more on Staten Island? You gotta represent, man! It's the only show that makes us look good!
Owning a bar is the hardest thing I've ever done. It can be fun at times but it is work. Love shooting in SI but we can only do it once in a while. Reason being too many people know us there and also we need a CONSTANT flow of people to film. Manhattan provides that more so than Shaolin.
Do you know about any of the jokes you do before hand or everything is completely real.
Everything is real but we write the jokes too and improvise them, etc. In the context of when we are surprised with something, all real. We go through painstaking efforts to keep that shit away from each other. It's like Mission Impossible in the office.
You should go on tell em Steve-Dave more. That episode where Gitemstevedave is unraveled to you is one of my favorites. Marry one, fuck one, kill one, Murray, Joe and Q.
Edit: looks like Sal is on the newest Tell Em Steve-Dave podcast.
Word up. Will do. Love those guys. I'd marry joe, fuck Q and kill murr. That was easy.
If you were stuck on a desert island, how did you end up stuck on the desert island.
Probably wished I was there to get away from someone.
Hey Sal! You guys are the only reason I watch cable. Two Questions.
Is Murr really as innocent as he seems? I always end up feeling bad for him by the end of every episode.
Has Joe ever felt shame?
innocent? hell no.
shame? hell no.
You, Q and Bryan Johnson should do a podcast together...you three are hilarious together
We are! We did one this week and you can download it on TESD or The Tenderloins website. We are also doing a LIVE show together in LA on Feb 2nd at the Jon Lovitz Podcast theatre. Word!
Sal, what does that damn tattoo say on your arm? I must know, man. Keep it up, you're hilarious.
EDIT: No idea why this is down voted considering everyone always wonders this...
It's song lyrics dedicated to one of my best friends who i lost two years ago.
The most difficult punishment was the lie detector test Murr took in the last episode. I just cannot believe you guys did it. Can you tell me how you pulled it off, especially making his spanish teacher and his ex-girlfriend be in the audience?
It was easy. The school was receptive to the idea. The teacher still taught there. And Joe had that girl's number still. BOOM!
Hay Sal! Absolutely love the show. I die laughing every episode, even when watching repeats. I'm pumped for tonight's new show!
What was the hardest dare/practical joke for you to do on the show?
Has there been a dare that you had to stop at some point and tell the person you are on a tv show before something got too out of hand?
And has there been a dare that the group wanted to do but truTV didn't give you the OK to try and pull off?
Watching Q grab my sister's boob was tough. Yes quite a few times. Usually when someone gets furious. Happened one time when Q had to catch a guy in a net. The guy was gonna try and kill him. Yes there are hundreds. For every one idea that gets on I'd say 5 get killed.
HEY LARRY, I GOT A QUESTION!: You guys each have several attempts to succeed in a prank. For every attempt you guys make that gets onto the show, how many are left out because they didn't go to plan? And what is an example of a prank going horribly wrong that never made it onto the show?
My friend recently introduced me to you guys and I hyperventilate from laughter during each show. It's becoming an issue. Even my girlfriend who hates cringe/prank comedy loves you guys. Absolutely the most CONSISTENTLY funny thing on TV ever, in my opinion. Thank you guys so much for that! You're awesome!
Thank you for the kind words. I would guesstimate you probably don't see about 65% of it. Out of that 65%, 50% being show worthy. It's tough bc I want you to see it all. And Turner doesn;t do DVD's. Hopefully one day.
Honestly. Who got fired at that Costco because of you guys, mustache?
Let's just say we were not welcomed back.
First of all, huge fan of the show! Family loves you guys to death!
Being a jokester yourself I hope you can understand this: I bet my girlfriend 20 bucks that I could get a picture of you saying that I am awesome. Any chance you could hold up a sign and practically treat me to lunch? :)
how would i do that? sorry for my ignorance i don't see a place i can upload anything.
Do you all REALLY get along as well as it seems? Or are there some issues?
I think we get along pretty damn well considering we work with each other nearly every day. But of course we fight from time to time, but we are so used to it, it's never personal.
We just kinda met. Nothing too crazy. Same classes, etc.
Sal, in the episode where you were acting as a dentist, you couldn't stop laughing when you were raising up the chair. What are some other moments where you couldn't keep a straight face, on or off camera?
Yes. always. I can't help it. Some peeps don't like it but I truly can't help it. I have an awesome job.
Why did you guys just suddenly want to put a show together like Impractical Jokers? Huge fan of the show, my girls and I always have a little get together just to watch your show every week. We are all Murr fans :)
It wasn't sudden. We have been friends for 22 years and a comedy troupe for 13. www.TheTenderloins.com. F MURR.
It seems like you guys shit on Murr the most; has it always been that way?
He deserves that shit.
Sal, that prank on Murr with the lie detector was awesome and cruel. How do stunts like this affect your friendship? How close are you all outside of the show?
P.S. my friends and I have done a couple of your challenges just to mess with each other so thanks for the ideas.
it doesn;t. we are making a show. we know that. all in good fun. no prob!
At this point it's hundreds so it's hard to say. Personal preference. I really like when we have to fend for ourselves. Like recently is the debates in the mall. Millard Fillmore invented the appetizer, you know.
When do people sign the release waiver to appear on TV? Is it before the filming or after?
After. They don't know before hand silly goose!
If there's a God, him. If not, I don;t know.
What was the most funny non-scripted thing that happened on set that didn't go into the show?
Well we have filmed SO MUCH, there is prob a good amount. For example, we can do an ENTIRE episode of the Dentist. One of my faves was Joe reading Slam Poetry in Season one.