Fairfield University students were treated to an evening of laughter last night as comedian Joe Gatto performed at the Leo D. Mahoney Arena.

From the moment he took center stage, Gatto provided a jam-packed performance filled with stories about his family, himself and his beloved former castmates of Impractical Jokers, Sal Vulcano, James “Murr” Murray and Brian “Q” Quinn. While most of his stories were met with howls of laughter, the ones about Sal, Murr and Q had an exceptionally louder response. 

Crowd interactions were an especially prominent aspect of Gatto’s performance. Throughout the show, he maintained eye contact and walked around the entire stage to connect with all sections of the crowd. He even allowed a student to come to the front when she held up her flag of Sal Vulcano! 

I’ve never seen Impractical Jokers, but I thought Joe Gatto was so funny last night that I’m going to watch it now.

Kayla Zahtila ’25

Another interaction involved Gatto throwing a Snickers bar at one of the students sitting up front. He even went as far as to include the cameraman in his set after the cameraman scared an unsuspecting Gatto at the beginning of the set. 

Whether those in the audience had seen Impractical Jokers or not, Gatto pleased them all, departing the arena even more popular than he arrived. Fairfield junior Kayla Zahtila shares, “I’ve never seen Impractical Jokers, but I thought Joe Gatto was so funny last night that I’m going to watch it now.” 

Gatto left a lasting impression on the audience. Even after his set ended, he remained the topic of conversation for the rest of the night.

Mentions of Joe Gatto’s name were heard all over campus—both in passing and in conversations. It seems that he might have no other choice than to return to the Red Sea soon! 

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