NEW YORK — Playing with sharks is no joke — but that’s not stopping the stars of ‘Impractical Jokers’ from filming a show about them.
The Staten Island cast of hidden camera show truTV – currently consisting of James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn and Sal Vulcano – will be guests at Shark Week for the very first time this summer.
“The Impractical Jokers have spent a decade trying to outdo and humble themselves and now they’re ready to use their antics for the greater good – educating sharks,” the Discovery Channel announced this week. “For the first time, these comedians tackle Shark Week by embarking on a hysterical adventure that can only come from the Impractical Jokers.”
The fin-tastic TV event is now in its 34th season, which premieres July 24 on the Discovery Channel and its streaming service, Discovery+.
Viewers can expect “bigger sharks, bigger breaches and even bigger discoveries from the dedicated teams of scientists and researchers on the ground” this summer, according to Discovery.
“This year sees non-stop action as Shark Week takes viewers to new places – from the Exuma Islands to the Bahamas to Papua New Guinea,” Discovery adds. “The week highlights innovative shark technology and research to find groundbreaking insights into these elusive creatures and their mating and migration patterns, in addition to discoveries of a new, undescribed species.”
Shark Week, which typically hosts an assortment of special guests during its multi-night lineup, has yet to announce this season’s full lineup.
Meanwhile, Sharkfest, National Geographic’s big fish-filled special, turns 10 this summer and begins July 10. Running four weeks with premieres on National Geographic and Disney+ – with content also streaming on Hulu, Nat Geo Wild and ABC – Sharkfest promises “more action-packed shark programming on more platforms than ever before”.
New episodes of “Impractical Jokers” began airing Thursday, the first without Joe Gatto, who announced in December that he was leaving the show after he and his wife decided to “go their separate ways.”
The new “Jokers” installments feature a different special guest in each episode, ranging from Method Man to Colin Jost.