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Impractical Jokers: Joe Gatto’s Possible Replacements Ranked From Worst To Best

It’s impossible to talk about prank shows without mentioning the genre’s crown jewel, “Impractical Jokers.” Premiering on TruTv in 2011, the show follows four guys — Brian “Q” Quinn, James “Murr” Murray, Sal Vulcano, and Joe Gatto — who partake in a series of dares in each episode. The cast member who scores the lowest on the dares is forced to embarrass themselves in public with actions delegated by the other three.

The show has amassed more than 200 episodes (and counting), with each featuring wildly creative and cringeworthy dares. And while the dares themselves are always unpredictable and fun, the thing that really makes “Impractical Jokers” stand out against similar shows is its cast members, who are fearless and creative with wicked senses of humor, and never afraid to make (huge) fools of themselves.

So when, in January of 2022, Joe announced he was stepping back from the show to “focus on being the best father” to his two kids following a split with his wife Bessy, fans were naturally concerned that his departure would leave a hole that no one else could fill.

But the show must go on — especially when that show has such high ratings. Which is why “Impractical Jokers” took a new approach to its Joe-less episodes, and had them feature a rotation of guest stars. Here’s a ranking of how well we think each of them would do as a permanent Joe replacement, from worst to best.

One of the more unconventional, out-there choices for a Joe replacement, Clifford Smith Jr., aka Method Man, is best known not for comedy, but for his contribution to mega-successful hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan. Method has been in the musical spotlight since the early ’90s, and has earned multiple accolades, including a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for his duet with Mary J. Blige on “I’ll Be There for You/You’re All I Need to Get By.”

Okay, so … how does this career qualify him for “Impractical Jokers”? Well, believe it or not, Method has actually appeared in a number of comedies, including Jordan Peele’s TV series “The Last O.G.,” the Fox sitcom “Method & Red,” and even the 2004 rom-com “Garden State.”

Sadly, it turns out that just because you’re a relatively seasoned comedic actor doesn’t mean you’re a great fit for “Impractical Jokers.” After it aired, fans complained that Method’s episode wasn’t particularly funny, and that its chief punishment was more torture than comedy. Perhaps it was nothing more than a dud episode, but these negative reviews still don’t exactly bode well for a potential new cast member.


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