This hidden-camera series follows four lifelong friends -- Brian "Q" Quinn, James "Murr" Murray, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano -- who take dares to an outrageous level. Since they were young, the quartet have challenged one another to do ridiculous dares in public. On the show, to find out who is best under pressure, the guys compete in awkward and outrageous hidden-camera hijinks. At the end of each episode, the loser must perform what is deemed to be the most-mortifying challenge yet.
Michael Carbonaro is a multifaceted entertainer. He's an actor who has had recurring roles in various TV series, and he has also performed in his own comedy and magic show at clubs in New York and Los Angeles. He puts all of those talents to use -- and throws in a unique improvisation skill -- in "The Carbonaro Effect," an unscripted series in which he deceives, amazes and amuses an unsuspecting public. In each half-hour episode, Carbonaro performs baffling tricks on people in everyday situations, all caught on hidden camera. Whether the marks are alone or with friends, everyone is left stunned and delighted, even though they have no idea what they just experienced.
"Inside Jokes" gives viewers a unique, unprecedented peek behind classic episodes of TruTV's popular series "Impractical Jokers." The series follows four lifelong friends -- Brian "Q" Quinn, James "Murr" Murray, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano -- who challenge one another to do ridiculous dares in public. To find out who is best under pressure, the guys compete in awkward hidden-camera hijinks that reach outrageous levels. The loser then must perform what is deemed to be the most-mortifying challenge yet.
Off with the gloves and onto the stage go funny men and women armed with their best barbs and looking for a comedy knockout. TruTV's half-hour competition series features three comics in each episode battling in fast-paced challenges, with points awarded based on positive crowd reactions. One-upmanship is the goal as competitors attempt to land massive comedy blows and whip the crowd into a frenzy of raucous laughter. A final round decides the champion, and the least-funny participant is ultimately forced to face the crowd and apologize. Comic Damien Lemon hosts.
Throughout its evolution from live comedy program to a four-year stint on Manhattan-based public access TV, and finally making the jump to a fully-distributed comedy network, "The Chris Gethard Show" has featured one constant -- its namesake host. Produced by Funny or Die, the series features Gethard -- an alumnus of NYC's Upright Citizens Brigade -- leading a panel of comedian friends and other guests, along with a rambunctious studio audience, through a series of games and bizarre stunts. The interactive experience is broadcast live from New York City, allowing it to include fans from around the world calling in to participate in the controlled chaos.
Comic Adam Conover, a cast member and writer at the popular comedy website CollegeHumor, brings his original online series to TV, expanding upon his efforts to poke fun at everyday things that people accept or assume without question. In the half-hour investigative comedy, Conover uses a not-quite-deadly combination of comedy, history and science to debunk widespread misconceptions about topics and ideas that are routinely taken for granted.
"truTV Top Funniest" is a countdown show of outrageous videos filmed in the U.S. Viral clips, home movies, pranks, surveillance videos, event footage and news bloopers are all part of the side-splitting action. Each episode features a different theme, like "Funny Fails" and "Ridiculous Moments."
Writer/comedian Guy Branum ("The Mindy Project," "Chelsea Lately") brings his popular live comic show to TV in a mashup of two of the medium's best-known formats. Branum serves as host and master of ceremonies on the half-hour series, an uproarious combination of a game show sprinkled with talk-show elements. In each episode, celebrity guests come to play, not plug, in various challenges on the only talk show that literally counts. Emmy Award-winning writer Karen Kilgariff and author and journalist Casey Schreiner serve as judges, who roast the contestants and award or deduct points from them based on criteria such as telling an anecdote, flirting with the host, name dropping, being underdressed, excessive agreement, and making the audience go "awwww."
Brainless bad guys, moronic motorists, senseless sportsmen, ridiculous risk-takers ... they're all featured in this collection of police and store surveillance videos, with the added bonus, if you can call it that, of commentary provided by such fallen stars as Danny Bonaduce, Todd Bridges, Leif Garrett and Tonya Harding.
TV personality Kevin Pereira ("Attack of the Show") and comic Brooke Van Poppelen explore the world of "life hacks": procedures or actions that solve problems, simplify tasks or reduce frustrations. From opening a wine bottle with a shoe, eliminating pet hair on fabric with a squeegee and flip-flop, or using a sock to make a toilet seat more comfortable, the successful hacks are designed to be fun, inexpensive time-savers. Those that don't live up to the hype are exposed, and undercover hacks challenge members of the public to overcome pitfalls.
Originally a short-form comedy series, "Laff Mobb's Laff Tracks" transitions to a full-blown half-hour of laughs courtesy of the next generation of funny men and women. The series, TruTV says, completely reinvents stand-up routines by having each joke brought to life by actors in over-the-top visual re-creations. DJ/comic Cipha Sounds concludes each episode by introducing the joke of the night, and the comic responsible for it proceeds to bring down the house. Former "Def Comedy Jam" producer Bob Sumner is among "Laff Mobb's" executive producers.
Andrea Savage ("Veep," "Episodes") created and stars in this half-hour scripted comedy as writer, wife and mom Andrea, whose outward confidence belies an inner immaturity and neuroses that manifests in unexpected ways. Alongside her more straitlaced husband, Mike, and their inquisitive daughter Amelia, Andrea does her best to navigate her life's oftentimes self-induced complications.
Eagle-eyed technical experts prove there is no such thing as a perfect crime as they assemble the pieces every criminal leaves behind. Dramatic crime re-creations and, sometimes, part of the investigations are a staple of the series. Some of the re-creations include alternate versions of the crimes, which are disproved by science. The show's episodes follow each case from the initial investigation until it reaches its legal resolution.
Actress/comic Amy Sedaris opens her "home" to viewers in this comedy series. Rolling out the welcome mat means Amy must use her varied -- but necessary -- homemaking skills, from creating popsicle stick buddies and gutting a fish to crocheting miniature sweaters and entertaining businessmen. Each episode revolves around traditional themes like grieving, poverty, lovemaking, and wood, and Sedaris is front and center as she showcases her imaginative characters and unique viewpoint. Playing themselves, guest stars include Rachel Dratch, Chris Elliott, Jane Krakowski, Stephen Colbert and Heather Lawless.
Comic Billy Eichner transitions his man-on-the-street-style interviews that first became popular via the Funny or Die website to TV, roaming the sidewalks of New York and asking pedestrians outrageous pop-culture trivia questions. A correct answer could win the passersby money, even if it's just $1. The real payoff for viewers comes in watching Eichner's frenzied irreverence -- an act he honed as a member of the comedy troupe the Upright Citizens Brigade -- clash with hardened New Yorkers, many of whom gleefully play along.
Actor/comic Jon Glaser ("Parks and Recreation," "Girls") has an unmatched passion for gear. He loves it so much that it's the main focus of this hybrid comedy series that stars Glaser as himself. He is seen shopping for various gadgets, which he then wears, promotes, demonstrates and generally obsesses over. Ironically, however, it is this ever-growing infatuation that continually threatens to derail the show.
TruTV's first foray into full-length scripted comedy is this series created by and starring Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy, members of the Denver-based comedy troupe The Grawlix. Playing high school teachers Loren Payton, Andy Fairbell and Billy Shoemaker, respectively, the three educators are about as dysfunctional as the students at Smoot High. Spanish teacher Loren is a self-proclaimed bon vivant; Andy teaches gym, health, and coaches girls volleyball, but his highly speculative sexual orientation is what really interests co-workers; and loud-mouthed, tattooed Billy's claim to fame is playing in a post-punk speed bludgeon band. Reluctant at first, new school librarian Abbey eventually joins in on the guys' antics.
Like the title says, this series is filled with shocking video clips, and they're counted down from 20 in each episode to reveal the most outrageous one of all. "Whackos at the Wheel," "Worst Days on the Job" and "Escapes From Death" are just three of the featured episodes, enough to give you an inkling as to what's contained here.
Comics April Richardson and Chris Fairbanks host this half-hour series that applauds (wink, wink) how hard some people, places and things try to succeed despite ultimately failing. Actors, comedians and improvisation artists are digitally inserted into viral videos to comment on and congratulate people for being brave and ingenious in coming oh so close to victory. But, claims truTV, " `Almost Genius' doesn't mock, because as everyone knows, almost is awesome... and genius."
From the mischievous mind of comic/actor David Spade, "Fameless" combines pranks and sketches in a lighthearted way to see how far unsuspecting people will go for a moment of glory. Half-hour episodes feature individuals desperate for notoriety who believe they've been cast on a reality show. In reality, however, parodies are being filmed with seasoned improv actors creating outlandish scenarios that steadily increase in absurdity and ridiculousness -- testing the patience of everyone not in on the joke. Spade stars in and co-executive produces the series.
"Impractical Jokers" follows four lifelong friends -- Brian "Q" Quinn, James "Murr" Murray, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano -- who take dares to outrageous levels. On the show, to find out who is best under pressure, the guys compete in awkward and outrageous hidden-camera high jinks. At the end of each episode, the loser must perform what is deemed to be the most-mortifying challenge yet. The spinoff "After Party," hosted by Joey Fatone, features the guys and special guests analyzing some of the series' best challenges. Also included are bonus content and insider access into the making of episodes.