Comedy Central, Channel 5 Greenlight New UK ‘Impractical Jokers’ Series

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Comedy Central UK and Channel 5 have pacted together to co-commission Impractical Jokers, a nine episode series which is based on the hit US format of the same name.

Impractical Jokers UK sees Lee Griffiths, Matt Ralph, Paul Biggin and David Moon challenge each other to outrageous dares and uproarious stunts on unsuspecting members of the public, all of which are captured on a hidden camera. During each prank, the joker must do whatever daring deeds his three friends tell him via a secret earpiece and if he refuses, he loses.

The nine episode series is being produced by the Warner Bros. Television Production UK owned Yalli Productions, making it the second time the indie has worked on a UK version of the format after previously producing two seasons of Impractical Jokers for BBC Three. The new 9 episode series will be executive produced by Robert Gray, Jill Offman and Lourdes Diaz.

Originally piloted at Comedy Central UK earlier this year, the project will now be co-funded by both broadcasters and marks the first collaboration between Comedy Central UK and Channel 5 since Viacom acquired the FTA channel from Richard Desmond’s Northern & Shell last year. “Impractical Jokers has been a huge hit for Comedy Central and it feels like the perfect project for Channel 5’s first foray back into funny with Comedy Central at our side”, said Ben Frow, Channel 5’s Director of Programmes.

Impractical Jokers UK is set to be the first of many projects that will be co-funded and co-commissioned by the Viacom backed Channel 5 and Comedy Central UK. The two channels have ambitions to find “shared comedies” including a sketch-show and a broad sitcom. Comedy Central UK will also continue to commission content solely for their channel, such as Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central, Drunk History, Brotherhood and I Live With Models.