The funniest show on TV is back, as TruTV's Impractical Jokers begins Season 3. To celebrate, BFTV called up Joker Brian "Q" Quinn (pictured above right), to see what we can find out about the new episodes, and ask him if people still think he looks like Rosie O'Donnell.
The Jokers are upping the ante this season, starting with tonight's premiere installment, in which one of them is forced into skydiving. And according to Q, that won't be the only embarrassing moment ahead. "You get to see a whole new side of Sal [Vulcano]'s phobias when we throw him into a haunted cornfield," he revealed. "I'm pretty excited about the world seeing how feminine Sal can be."
Use the media player embedded with this article to see a clip of Q in action from tonight's episode.
New for later this year is the spin-off series, Jokers After Party, which will follow Impractical Jokers with bonus material. "We wanted to show another side of us," said Q, explaining why the guys decided to double their TV time. "It's just more of what we can do. We have some scripted stuff in there, some commentary, some field pieces." If you want to get an idea of what you can expect, some of the guys' sketches are up on The Tenderloins YouTube channel (youtube.com/thetenderloins).
But wait, there's more! Q is the brains behind the podcast element of Jokerdom. Not only is there The Tenderloins Podcast (thetenderloins.com/podcast), but Q and Sal have also teamed up for What Say You? Podcast (whatsayyoupodcast.com), a weekly back-and-forth that will have you laughing out loud. We guarantee that you won't be able to get through episode seven, "Enter Nugget," without laughing hysterically at the homicidal honey bear and the guys' discussion of Wii fraud.
"I love podcasting. I honestly feel like podcasting is going to be an even more huge deal in the future," Q told us. "I do Tell 'Em Steve-Dave! and we do The Tenderloins Podcast, [but] it's hard to get that out as much as I'd like it to."
He's gotten away with a lot of stuff on Impractical Jokers, so we asked him to name his proudest accomplishment over the past two seasons. He pointed to "The Alliance," where he was able to strike back after the other Jokers conspired against him. "We had to vote to see who was going to go [do the challenge], and the three of them got together to keep voting against me. I won the episode and was able to punish all three of them." Check out Q's revenge here.
Q's parents are also figures in Impractical Jokers infamy, after his dad failed to tip him during a White Castle challenge and he once had to teach sex education as a punishment. What do his folks think about their son making a career out of shenanigans on national television? "They're proud of us. They watch the show every week," he told us. "They'll come to some live shows. They got a standing ovation at the last live show that we did."
Another staple of the show has been insults directed at Q's looks; he's been alternatively referred to as resembling "fat Rosie O'Donnell" and being homeless. Since Rosie appeared as his clone in the middle of season two, have those jokes finally stopped? Not really. "People are still stuck on the Rosie thing. I'll be walking through the mall and people are like 'Rosie!'" Q said.
As for the jibes about looking indigent, he told us, "I'd rather look homeless than look like [James] Murray." Touche, sir.
Impractical Jokers is all new tonight at 10 PM ET/PT on TruTV; you can also follow Q on Twitter (@BQQuinn) and check out What Say You? Podcast (whatsayyoupodcast.com). For more, there's also our list of 12 Things Impractical Jokers Has Ruined For Us.