The Inspired Unemployed (Impractical) Jokers – need to know

The Inspired Unemployed are coming to Paramount+ and 10 in August – here's what you need to know.

What’s this?

Here’s the Paramount+ blurb:

The Inspired Unemployed (Impractical) Jokers features four lifelong mates competing to embarrass each other. They must do and say what they’re told, if they refuse, they lose and face a humiliating punishment. This show revels in The Impractical Jokers’ social awkwardness, as they are instructed to do and say the outrageous to unsuspecting people. Hidden cameras capture the chaos. The Inspired Unemployed run amok in supermarket checkouts, office receptions and dentists.

Each episode features challenges which all four jokers undertake. If they refuse to do or say anything they fail the challenge. At the end of each episode, the joker that has the most losses gets punished and at the end of the series, the joker who’s been punished the most receives the Ultimate Punishment.

They’ll take on a challenge specifically designed to confront their greatest fear. The punishments step up a level because the loser cannot refuse to say or carry out a command, making meeting your girlfriend’s mother for the first time awkward. The punishments include taking the stage in a G-string as part of the Magic Men show, performing poetry at a rock gig and one Joker receives a very public prostate examination.

Who are the four lifelong mates?

Jack Steele, Liam Moore, Dom Littrich and Matt ‘Falcon’ Ford. 

Don’t I know these guys from Instagram and TikTok?

You do. Ex-tradies Ford and Steele are behind the The Inspired Unemployed Instagram channel, which has a huge (1.7 million) following. They also have 1.6 million followers on TikTok.


How did The Inspired Unemployed come about?

‘We started it as a resume to get into entertainment,’ Steele told Nine.

‘We didn’t know what that meant but we thought f— it, if we can make some videos and get a little bit of traction, that will help us do something in this industry.’

Is this the first Australian Instagram success to be converted for Paramount+?

No, The Betoota Advocate Presents premiered in June, based on the wildly successful Betoota Advocate Instagram channel (1 million followers).

Read: The Betoota Advocate Presents review: irreverent explainers surprise and delight

How many episodes will there be?

The Inspired Unemployed (Impractical) Jokers is an eight-part Australian original series.

Is there a trailer?


Do say

‘Friday arvo beers?’

Don’t say

‘Nah, got $5 to my name.’

Where and when can I watch it?

The Inspired Unemployed (Impractical) Jokers premieres on 9 August on 10 and 10 Play, with the whole series available to stream on Paramount+.

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Paul Dalgarno is author of the novels A Country of Eternal Light (2023) and Poly (2020); the memoir And You May Find Yourself (2015); and the creative non-fiction book Prudish Nation (2023). He was formerly Deputy Editor of The Conversation and joined ScreenHub as Managing Editor in 2022. X: @pauldalgarno. Insta: @dalgarnowrites