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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So pleased you were able to get out and enjoy yourself x
I’ve never heard of the Impractical Jokers, but it sounds like you all had a brilliant time. I had to laugh at the condom reference! Earlier this year, we took my daughter to a play and she was the only child in the theatre. They warned here there was a scene of a sexual nature, but it turns out it was worse than I’d imagined. I just wanted the ground to open up and swallow me!
oh dear, that sounds a bit awkward. I know my eldest had free tickets to a play recently and she knew nothing about it. But I did and I sat her down and told her about the subject matter as it may have been a trigger for her. Talking about it first was a big help and she enjoyed the play in the end knowing what the theme was.
It still looks like you had a great seat. I have never seen Impractical Jokers before. Eek!
Good on you for taking Boo. You know your child and can judge whats suitable.
It sounds like you all had a great time x
Kim, I honestly think that you and your girls would love Impractical Jokers, give it a watch sometimes if you have the Comedy Channel. (It’s on a lot after Friends!)
Looks lots of fun X #mysundaysnapshot
We saw them last year and I thought they were great, I know what you mean, but you know your child best. Glad you enjoyed xx
I’m not familiar with the Impractical Jokers but they sound like a fun show! #MMBC
I’ve never heard of the Impractical Jokers! Sounds like it was great fun. I will have a look over on the Comedy channel for sure 🙂 #MMBC
A good night out is such a tonic so despite the challenges I am glad you had this experience and with a group you like too. Perfect! As for the condom, I actually found one on the way to the baker’s shop this morning with the website of a sex club on it. You could not make this stuff up! #MMBC
Impractical Jokers is such a great show. Shame the live show doesn’t reflect the TV show but that wouldn’t put me off seeing it. Glad you all enjoyed it.
It certainly sounds like you had fun – Thanks for sharing and for linking up with #MySundaySnapshot.
Never heard of this before – glad you had fun! #MySundaySnapshot
#mysundaysnapshot sorry it’s a little late!
Sounds like it was a fun time. I must confess I don’t know who they are, but I don’t watch TV really. I am chuckling at the condom and geography comment 🙂