What Sal Vulcano Was Doing Before Impractical Jokers Took Off

What Sal Vulcano Was Doing Before Impractical Jokers Took Off


Sal Vulcano is one quarter of The Tenderloins,
the comedy troupe at the heart of the truTV show Impractical Jokers, which has been on
air since 2011. If you’ve somehow never seen it before, the
series follows Vulcano and his longtime friends James Murray, Joe Gatto, and Brian Quinn as
they compete to be the last man standing in public practical joke challenges. Examples include cutting in line in ludicrous
ways, soliciting for hilariously fake charities, and even straight-up insulting strangers,
just to see what happens. “You just gotta say ‘Howdy, ass—-.” “Howdy, ass—-.” “Oh!” The results are always awkward, but the Joker
has to do it, the loser faces punishment, and that’s almost always worse. “This is ridiculous.” The gang’s friendship must be pretty ironclad
for them to still be pals after regularly tormenting each other over the course of a
decade. How did it all come together? This time, let’s focus on Sal Vulcano, and
see what he was doing before Impractical Jokers took off. “Look out! Look the f— out!” Born in 1976 in Staten Island, New York, Salvatore
“Sal” Vulcano is the only brother to three sisters Kelly Ann, Diane, and Jenna, the last
of whom has actually appeared on Impractical Jokers and even married Murray as a prank. “I, James Murray, take you, Sal’s sister —” Sal’s parents, Sal Vulcano Sr. and Dianne
Fernandez-Vulcano, divorced when he was very young. Between them, Vulcano has Italian, Cuban,
and Puerto Rican roots. Vulcano’s fate as a comedian began to take
shape when he was a teenager in the 90s, when he began attending the private Monsignor Farrell
High School. There, Vulcano participated in several sports,
was a member of the chess club, and in his junior year joined the school’s improv club,
where he met the other three men that would in adulthood become his best friends and co
stars. Unlike the reputation they cultivate on screen,
Vulcano and the other boys are remembered as being rather respectful young men in high
school, a fact they often bring up themselves as a reason why they never perform pranks
too out-of-line. “Touch his groin! Touch his groin!” “Nah.” Between 2010 and 2014, Sal put his background
as a bartender and his finance degree from St. John’s University to use as business manager
for a bar called Full Cup, a well-known music and comedy venue in his home borough that
had gone through several owners in its long local history. After Impractical Jokers catapulted him into
the national spotlight, he sold his stake in the bar in 2014, and sadly the business
soon struggled to survive. It was rebranded as the Hashtag Bar under
new management in 2016, and ultimately closed later that year. Turns out, Sal was pretty important to keeping
the place afloat. As Sal’s former business partner, Robert Parker,
told SI Live in 2016, “My famous partner left me. Sal was the professional business guy, so
when he left, it was really hard.” Along with that work, Vulcano assisted friend
and fellow Staten Island local Jay Miller with writing for his longtime local-access
comedy talk show Midevenings with Jay Miller, a Staten Island entertainment institution
that gives local musicians and other talent a platform, David Letterman-style. The two got on so well creatively that Sal
asked Jay to join Impractical Jokers as a producer in 2013. “I just wanna say, you are number one in my
book.” Before landing the lucrative TV deal that
became Impractical Jokers, Sal and the others toured and performed live shows as comedy
quartet The Tenderloins. They also self-produced sketch comedy content
for a number of years during the early days of YouTube. The channel is still active, and many of their
oldest videos are available to watch if you’ve got a free afternoon to dive into a decade’s
worth of memories. “You do not do that!” That sketch comedy work got them significant
attention, first in the form of a failed scripted comedy pilot for SpikeTV, and then the television
deal with truTV for the series that eventually became Impractical Jokers. With all their previous material available
online as a proof-of-concept, as well as their professional background touring, they were
given unusually generous creative control as executive producers for their first big
deal television foray. If the best improv is fostered through a sense
of trust, Vulcano and the Impractical Jokers boys certainly have it, and that’s all thanks
to time and experience. With trust comes the understanding that when
conflict comes, they can manage it between each other. As Sal explained in a Reddit AMA, “Of course we fight from time to time, but
we are so used to it, it’s never personal.” “Ah, I love watching your blood boil.” “Oh, you f—in’…” If that isn’t an ultimate statement on the
strength of this foursome’s friendship, we aren’t sure what is. It must have been fate for the four of them
to spend their lives doing this to each other, and it couldn’t be more charming to watch. Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Looper videos about your favorite
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36 thoughts on “What Sal Vulcano Was Doing Before Impractical Jokers Took Off

  1. Man, my respect for looper just skyrocketed because you did an impractical jokers related episode. You should do more. Impressive job done.

  2. Weird watching this video after basically living at the Full Cup through my teen and early 20s years. Sal was always very friendly to us silly punk kids and our music. And regularly used to attend those Mid Evenings with Jay Miller tapings on the island. But once he sold his part that place went downhill became Hashtag Bar, miss that venue so many great memories and a huge staple of Staten Islands music scene history.

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