When it comes to pranking, TruTV’s Impractical Jokers are the real MVPs. The series finds the four lifelong buddies — Sal Vulcano, Joe Gatto, James “Murr” Murray, and Brian “Q” Quinn — go to insane lengths to not only make their BFFs look like fools in public, but also punish them in bizarre yet hilarious ways.
With April 1 revered as April Fools’ Day, Billboard hopped on the phone with Q to discuss the best prank to pull on the music fan in your life (Warning: There’s some Hanson and Smash Mouthinvolved.) He also discusses Sal’s Jaden Smith tattoo [Joe punished Sal, Q and Murr with permanent tattoos of his choice on a 2014 episode], his friendship with*NSYNC‘s Joey Fatone, and his love for Wu-Tang Clan and Taylor Swift.
Lastly, it’s April Fools’ Day. What’s the perfect prank to pull on a music fan?
I would go into their iPhone and I would make a playlist, but I think it would backfire. Here’s my idea — you go in there and you put a playlist of the songs that everybody quote-unquote hates but secretly loves. You got your “MMMBop”‘s, Harvey Danger “Flagpole Sitta” and Smash Mouth “All Star” on there. It’s the songs everyone makes fun of, but when you stop and listen to them, you’re like this is pretty f–king awesome even though I can’t admit it to anybody. So it might actually be a gift. I would go in there, create that playlist and change all their ringtones to “MMMBop,” their text tone to “All Star,” stuff like that. That’s the way I’d go but I do think, in the end, they’d thank me.