The truTV Impractical Jokers Tour featuring The Tenderloins

Allen Funt had in the 1960s. Years later, Ashton Kutcher continued the televised practical joke tradition 21st century style with , which launched in 2003. Now there’s truTV’s Impractical Jokers featuring antics by the Tenderloins. The target of this particular improv-­cum­-sketch­comedy show, which comes to Bayou Music Center for a one­ night stand, is not innocent bystanders but the cast members themselves.

“We describe the show as an upside­down prank show,” troupe founder James “Murr” Murray says, sounding far more like a contributor to the Oprah Winfrey Network than the YouTube­y, reality ­based truTV. “The joke is on us, instead of on the public.”

Prior to their Houston show and performances in Dallas and Austin spotlighting The Tenderloins’ sketch­comedy strength, Murr et al. plan to film segments for at various H­Town locations. “We’re going to be filming all around Texas for a full week,” he warns, scouting “classic Texas locations and Texas activities — things that, as New Yorkers, we know nothing about.” Where will you be shooting, we ask. “It’s a hidden­ camera show! We don’t want fans showing up!” Murr says.

8 p.m. Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas. For information, call 713-230-1600 or visit bayoumusiccenter.com. $35.
Fri., Jan. 17, 8 p.m., 2014

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