This afternoon, prior to tonight’s Dirty Little Secrets marathon and the start of the new season of Impractical Jokers on Tru-TV, this Examiner got a chance to speak with Joe Gatto, one of the four best friends who never ceases to amaze us with the most outrageous practical jokes they play not only on each other; but the unsuspecting public.
Are you home right now in Staten Island?
Actually, I’m on set right now and taking a lunch break.
Growing up, how did your parents handle such a mischievous child?
I really was not a bad kid, more of a loner.
Were you and your friends ever suspended from school as kids?
Until Junior year, I was a wallflower and only came out of my shell after then, once I found out my capabilities, it was game on.
So you didn’t have a permanent seat in the principal’s office?
No, not really.
How do you keep a straight face when pranking your victims?
It is an acquired skill; I bite my lip and know that the people are unaware, so I try to be as serious as possible. I know most victims think I’m just crazy, so I stay in the part.
Have you ever just cracked up and could not complete the challenge?
Oh yes, a few times, especially this season that starts on October 24th.
Do you need permission to go to stores and malls?
Oh yeah, clearance is necessary, but once we are there; they leave us alone and just let us blend in without blowing our cover.
How do they film this without your victims knowing they are being filmed, is there a camera man walking around?
No, they do some of the filming with cameras that look like security cameras, and they also do a great job hiding the other cameras in the scenery.
When you and Sal opened for Imagine Dragons, did you expect to pull it off?
We knew we had one of the toughest challenges ever because we have no musical skills. However, you will have to tune in and see how it played out, but it was pouring out and the crowd was waiting for Imagine Dragons, not us.
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