The highlight of my week was going to see The Impractical Jokers Live at Birmingham Arena.
My eldest daughter, Boo and myself are huge fans of the Impractical Jokers. We stumbled upon them one day when looking for something to watch and had switched to Comedy Central and instantly fell in love.
The Impractical Jokers
Zooming in, as our seats were up in the Circle. I had a Wheelchair space and couldn’t get any closer. Bonus, when in a wheelchair you get a free seat for your carer (2 for 1.) Drawback, wheelchair seating can be fantastic with excellent views, or as in this case, stuck out of the way. It didn’t spoil the evening though. There were 3 huge screens so we didn’t miss anything and it was still great to see the guys live.
Cranjis Mc Basketball Tour of UK
The Impractical Jokers are actually a comedy group called The Tenderloins and their tour, Cranjis Mc Basketball, is in the British Isles* until 20th October when they perform last in Dublin.
If you have ever seen the television program, The Impractical Jokers, you will see that it’s about 4 life long friends who get each other to play pranks on the unsuspecting public. They are childish, ridiculous and can be side splittingly funny.
They may have to perform a particular task, like get people to order off their ridiculous menu in a restaurant, or approach the public with an ear piece and have to do or say whatever the other jokers say.
The tour is different, because although it’s the same four guys, they are performing a stand up comedy routine. They do have some funny pre-recorded videos to show, must of it is what you’d expect from a stand up routine.
It felt like being in the pub with your mates while they told you funny stories (oh I miss those days) with each one interrupting each other to add something a little more hilarious, or to make the storyteller look a bit ridiculous. It was obviously well rehearsed, but it felt personal and fun.
My Daughters Got a Better View
Originally, my eldest daughter had booked two tickets for her and myself much closer to the stage. Unfortunately she hadn’t considered the fact that I wouldn’t be allowed there in my wheelchair, that’s why I had to book more tickets. This meant that Eldest daughter had a spare seat, so we took Boo along with us.
The show comes with a recommended age of 16, but I called them and they said children were allowed so long as they were accompanied by an adult. The also informed me that there would be some bad language and sexual references. It took a lot of thought I but I decided that Boo would be ok. For one, she’s not unused to swearing (I’m the only adult in the house that doesn’t swear) and I was sure most of the sexual references would go over her head. I had no need to worry, she was so star struck by seeing the Jokers for real that everything else didn’t matter. The swearing was not so bad, in fact it was very mild (although the warm up act was worse.) And as suspected the sexual references went over her head.
She did make us laugh on the way home in the car. One of the Joker’s had told a story about mistaking a condom for a lozenge and he’d thrown it at someone. Boo asked us what a lozenge was, so we explained. Then we asked if she knew what a condom was and she said “Yes, we learned all about condoms in Geography at school.” We were in hysterics, but she insisted she was right, and even went on to describe what a condom was.
Although, the show was nothing like the television show we really enjoyed it. I think by watching the tv show we’d come to know the Jokers in a personal way. We have learnt over the last eight series of the show a lot about Joe, Sal, Brian (Q) and James (Murr) that the stories they told on stage were very funny. I do think, however, that if you didn’t know them so well you wouldn’t have understood most of the jokes and the way they interacted. Also, if you were going with the hopes of seeing anything like the television show you would have been dissapointed. There were no pranks.
The end of the show was amazing, they were throwing merchandise into the audience, singing and dancing, and grabbing mobiles off the audience to take selfies of themselves with the audience members. They really showed how much they appreciate their fans.
*British Isles – I used this term to cover England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland. Although they use the term UK, sadly at this time I can’t think of my country as United anything.
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- Blotgober Day 1 – All You Need is Love
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- Blogtober Day 3 – Out of Spoons (a poem)
- Blogtober Day 4 – Smile
- Blogtober Day 5 – Autumn Fashion
- Blogtober Day 6 -Baking
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- Blogtober Day 9 – Avon Give Away
- Blogtober Day 10 – What I’m watching (or have watched) Lately
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