Joseph Anthony "Joe" Gatto Jr. (born June 5, 1976) is an American comedian and former member of the New York troupe called The Tenderloins. He was a main member of the show Impractical Jokers from 2011 until 2021, when he announced he was stepping away from the show.
During his time on the show from 2011-2021, Joe was known as the Joker who’s usually the most eager to take on his challenges. The other Jokers have described him as the hardest to punish, due to his shame-free attitude.
Joe loves to eat and is frequently seen eating on the show. He explained his obsession with food to ScreenerTC: “My mother had an open-door policy,” he tells Zap2it. “She always had enough food a friend could stay for dinner. Absolutely my favorite memories are around the table. The meal is an event.”
He’s not above stealing food, either. “If we’re at a bakery I’ll just grab something,” he told Looper.
In his earlier years, Joe worked at the emporium of James Glenn Delamark Beck the 2nd, but was fired for playing with a jockstrap. Joe's father died in 1995 from pancreatic cancer due to alcohol poisoning. Joe is a teetotaler as a result. His mother died in 2012.
Joe has a sister named Carla who appears in one episode. His brother-in-law later made one appearance and took revenge on Murr when he was a human piñata. Joe married a woman named Bessy in 2013. They have two children together: a daughter Milana (born May 7, 2015), and a son Remington "Remo" Joseph (born August 1, 2017). Following his marriage, the other Jokers now use Joe's status as a married man against him in the show during challenges, including bringing his wife to a challenge. He is the first of two married Jokers to get married, the second being Murr.
For much of the show, Joe being overweight (particularly his prominent gut) was often a point of ridicule among the other Jokers. As Joe has lost weight, these jokes have mostly ceased.
- He is the only Joker that is a father.
- As of March 2020, Joe has done the least amount of Punishments at 44.
- He and Sal are the only Jokers to have been hit by a car.
- The Jokers view Joe as the hardest Joker to punish due to his ability to shamelessly perform shameful tasks.
- He was the last Joker to lose his virginity.
- Joe is an advocate for the 'Adopt, Don't Shop' movement, encouraging people to adopt pets from shelters rather than purchase them from breeders.
- He and Murr shared an apartment together when they were young.
- Joe actually left their comedy group, The Tenderloins, right before the Jokers were given their own show. He only came back once Q and Sal convinced him to re-join.
- Joe loves British singer Charli XCX, name-dropping her hit song "Boom Clap" as one of his top picks.
- Joe has been known for a prominent gut, and a "dad bod". It is used for his humiliation in several skits.
- According to the episode "Fraudway", his parents had passed away by 2012. His father died of alcoholism in 1995, prompting Joe not to drink alcohol. His mother Gerri Gatto died on June 3, 2012.
- Before Joe was famous, he worked as a salesman at the baby retail store Giggle and was a car salesman at a Nissan dealership.
- Boardwalk of Shame - Joe must put a woman's toe in his mouth.
- 'Out of TP - Joe has to go into a bathroom at a restaurant, pull his pants down, sit on the toilet, open the door and ask for toilet paper where everybody can see him.
- Bellydancer - Joe performs as a bellydancer.
- Theater del Absurdo - Joe has to tell the audience in a theater that he has pooped his pants.
- Supercuts - technically a tie where the Jokers had to give each other funny haircuts.
- Strip High Five - Joe and Murr have to strip naked unless they get a stranger passing by to give them a high five and if they don't get a high five they have to remove a piece of clothing. Joe won the punishment and Murr was left naked afterwards, at which point he ran off with his clothes.
- Do Something To My Face - Joe is forced into letting people do whatever they want to his face.
- The Love Expert - Joe has to answer questions about relationships that the Jokers wrote.
- The Alliance - Sal, Murr, and Joe all have to jump off a cliff unless they can answer questions about Q's life. He won the punishment while Sal and Murr jumped off the waterfall.
- Enter the Dragons - Sal and Joe must pretend to be part of a fake band and open for Imagine Dragons at a live concert.
- Dog Days of Bummer - Joe must take a dog for a walk while wearing crazy outfits until somebody tells him that he is cuter than the dog.
- The Great Escape - Joe has to perform as a magician and escape a tank of water, chained in a straitjacket.
- Nationals Disaster - Joe pretends to be a gymnast in a roomful of actual gymnasts and must, among other things, perform his "routine" in front of everyone.
- Takes the Cake - Joe thinks he's going to pop out of a cake and perform for a bunch of bachelorettes, but it's not a group of bachelorettes. It is instead a group of war veterans.
- Baggage Shame - Joe does a series of embarrassing tasks at an airport including stealing people's luggage and putting it back on the carousel, frisking people down, and announcing to strangers that he is picking up his naked blow-up doll.
- Quantum Mock-anics - Joe poses as a science expert at a panel. Of course he knows nothing about science, so he does his best to answer questions as the other Jokers and the audience watch.
- Fe-Mail - Joe is dressed in drag, thinking he’s a model at a fashion show. Instead he has to explain new app ideas to a group of tech experts.
- Uncool and the Gang - Joe lost and has to use flash cards with wacky questions and ask them to a group of bikers. The questions are written by the other guys and many refer to the bikers as a "gang", much to their anger. Eventually, his last question is they would give him a wedgie and two of the bikers give him a wedgie. This is one of the few episodes with Joe showing some form of fear.
- Pseudo-Sumo - For Joe's punishment he has to wear a baby costume and is mislead that he must perform in a baby commercial although his real punishment is revealed to be fighting the 2009 US Champion sumo wrestler, Ulambayar Byambajav (referred to as Byamba). This punishment is similar to the that of the episode The Lost Boy.
- Cruisin' For A Brusin' - Joe must interrupt a cannon balling competition, and must repeatedly belly-flop into the pool, until the others allow him to stop.
- Stripped of Dignity - Joe must become a strippergram and strip for random people in the park, until he realizes he's stripping for nobody in the park.
- Stare Master - Joe is forced to head into a gym, and constantly stare at people working out, until the others allow him to stop.
- Putting the P in Pool - Joe is forced announce to everybody at a public swimming pool, that he is currently urinating in the pool.
- British Invasion - In a double punishment with Murr, Joe had to take the full force of football shots from a professional football club.
- Laundry Day - Joe is forced to be the one-man pep rally squad shooting t-shirts from a shirt canon at the Philadelphia Soul arena football game. Unbeknownst to him, the prizes are outfits straight from his own wardrobe.
- Hitting the Wrong Note - Joe is tricked into dishonoring a fake deceased boy's family at a (fake) funeral held in Columbus Park, New York.
- Wrapper's Delight - After going on treasure hunt, Joe comes to his house to see that everything has been wrapped with wrapping paper, and all of his pictures were replaced with embarrassing photos of him.
- Training Day - Joe, Murr and Sal all had to go through a fire academy. Joe had to take an axe through 1 of 2 roof windows that were either pictures of his wife and dogs or his baby daughter.
- The Parent Trap - Being the only parent out of the quartet, Joe is forced to enter an indoor playground for children, and instruct other parents on how to better parent their children.
- Drum and Drummer - As revenge for the punishment that Murr and Sal went through in "HellCopter", Q and Joe are forced participate in a drumline marching band, followed by dancing.
- Rubbed The Wrong Way - Joe portrays as a genie in a play, but the other jokers control the harness that has been attached to him.
- Take Me Out At The Ballgame - Joe is forced to steal baseballs that were autographed by New York Mets player Noah Syndergaard.
- No Good Deed - Joe and Sal must present to a bunch of charity donors at a fundraising event how they spent the money on ridiculous things in a slideshow made by Murr and Q.
- Turning the Tables - 8 breakaway tables were placed around a restaurant, and Joe must find all 8 of them and destroy them.
- Bull Shiatsu - Joe is inside a massage chair and must give massages to people. Soon enough, Byamba comes and strains Joe as he's giving him a massage.
- Washed Up - Joe is forced to wash other people's cars without their permission. The punishment doesn't end until he breaks into someone's car and vacuums the interior.
- Out of Left Field - Joe, being the most out of shape between the quartet, gets humiliated at MLB Studios when he is forced to interrupt the televised performances of Carlos Pena and Mark DeRosa, by doing exercises at home plate, with Sal's father as his coach. He can’t stop until he reaches 100 push-ups. Eventually an annoyed Pena and DeRosa join in to help Joe complete the punishment just to get him to leave.
- Full Mental Jacket - Joe goes to a fashion show, where he takes the jackets of people to hang up. The guys, however, order him to take all of the jackets given to him and pose with them very rudely during the entire fashion show.
- The Eggman - Joe is forced to enter a meeting as a janitor, finding and eating various hard-boiled eggs hidden throughout the room, much to the dismay of the other patrons.
- Sun-Fan Lotion - Originally, Joe has to ask strangers to apply sunscreen all over his body on a nice sunny day at the park; however, the plans change when a fan recognizes Joe, and is shanghaied into the punishment, in which Joe must ask the fan to apply sunscreen on him instead.
- The Paternity Test - Joe is in a focus group about how parents treat their kids with said kids in the room with them with Joe's "child actor"—actually Joe's real daughter Milana playing along. When the focus group moderator (comedy producer John Szeluga) asks a question about how each parent treats their kid, Joe reads the rather awkward/bad answer given to him on the piece of paper.
- Rock Bottom - Joe is painted like a cement wall, and is put up against a wall to scare people, but he must give a speech to college students instead as a surprise.
- You Dirty Dog - Joe is forced to work at a dog daycare center and must tell customers that his dog had sex with their dog.
- OK, Zoomer - Joe has to wake up very early 4 days in a row to host an Australian news show.
- Breaking Wind Beneath My Wings
- A Tasteful Episode