The guys formed a comedy troupe called The Tenderloins in 1999. Lifelong friends, they had started performing improv together while still attending high school in Staten Island. As Sal later said, “it was the only way to meet girls.” The Tenderloins grew more successful and began touring nationwide, drawing more fans and attention. Soon they were filming comedy sketches, many of which attracted millions of views online. They won the grand prize ($100,000) in the 2007 NBC It’s Your Show competition, for a sketch they called “Time Thugs.” Things really took off for The Tenderloins from there!