Who is Joe Gatto?

Joe Gatto is a comedian, producer, and actor, perhaps best known as a member of the comedy group “Tenderloins”. The group’s most recognized projects are the TV series “Impractical Jokers”, and the movie of the same name. Joe was born under the Zodiac sign Gemini on 5 June 1978, in Staten Island, New York City, USA. He holds American nationality, is of Italian descent, and as of 2021, he is 43 years old.

Early Life and Family

Joe was born to parents Garri and Gatto Sr, and has one sibling, a sister named Carla. When it comes to his education, he attended Monsignor High School, and upon matriculating, enrolled at Long Island University, and with a knack for math and science, he majored in accounting.

Despite his affinity for math and accounting, he changed his profession. In an interview later, he disclosed that the only reason for taking the major was to follow his father’s wishes.

Career

In 1998 Joe and his high school friends Sal Vulcano, Brian Quinn, and James Murray reunited after graduation, and began practicing improv and stand-up comedy at Joe’s house, later founding the comedy sketch troupe which they named “Tenderloins”. That same year they began touring, and also filming and posting various sketches on social platforms such as My Space, YouTube, and Metacafe. While the views reeled in and the group began attracting attention for their humorous content, in 2007 the group entered the NBC project entitled “It’s Your Show”, in which individuals or groups send their funniest video for a prize.

The troupe won the $100,000 grand prize for the sketch entitled “Time Thugs”.

After this great win, the troupe naturally transitioned to TV, trying their luck writing and producing a potential TV comedy series. Following a couple of unsuccessful projects, the group scored a deal with truTV, which agreed to film their series. In April 2011, it was announced that the series named “Mission: Uncomfortable” would premiere during the same year. The best description for the show was given by one of the “Jokers”, who said that it is an “upside-down hidden-camera show where the joke is on us, instead of the public. So it takes away the thing people hate about hidden-camera shows, which is, ‘Oh, I feel bad for the people getting pranked. The public is just there to witness our embarrassment”. Later they changed the name of the series to “Impractical Jokers”.

The first episode aired on 15 December 2011, and the show has run for nine seasons. Given the enormous success and popularity the show has garnered, the tenth season is currently in the works. Additionally, the movie entitled “Impractical Jokers: The Movie” was released in February 2020. Regarding the critical reception, many welcomed the show, praising it for comedic elements and ridiculousness. The series also spawned various spin-offs, including “Impractical Jokers: Inside Jokes” and “Impractical Jokers: After Party.”

On top of it all, the show has over ten international versions with different titles, but housing the same format as ”Jokers”.

Personal life

Joe has been married to Bessy since 2013. After a four-year relationship, the couple married on 2 September in a lavish outdoor ceremony.

They welcomed their first child on 7 May 2015, a girl they named Milana, and on 31 July 2017 their second child, a boy named Joseph.

Who is Betsy Gatto?

Betsy rose to fame as Joe’s better half. Her educational background is unknown, while her current job is also unknown. Judging from her social media, she is a busy mom of two, who according to some reports, manages her husband’s social media. Bess has amassed quite a following on Instagram, which currently counts over 100,000. Her Instagram captions read: “Wife. Mom. Animal lover. Travel junkie.” She is also an avid advocate for the adoption of dogs, supporting organizations such as “North Shore Animal League America”.

What is his net worth?

Joe’s net worth is estimated at $7 million, acquired through his career as an actor, producer, and comedian. Reportedly the “Jokers”, including Joe, earn around $50,000 per episode.

Joe Gatto

Additionally, they were offered various others business deals, such as touring across the country and hosting cruises, which certainly augmented their wealth. Joe also has merchandise with his signature quote “Be Kind”, including T-Shirts, mugs, masks, etc

Physical stats and Hobbies

Joe Gatto is 5ft 10ins tall (178cm) and weighs around 187lbs (85kgs). His hair is black while his eyes are blue. Fans who have been with Joe since the inception of “Impractical Jokers”, know that Joe used to have issues with his weight. Unhealthy habits and snacking lead to weight gain, which made him think about his lifestyle and health. Joe attributed the weight loss to his choice of becoming a pescatarian, saying: ”That definitely helped with the energy, as it forced me to eat more vegetables and fruits. I also stopped drinking calories.”

Joe has six dogs with very interesting names: Spumoni, Biscotti, Tartufo, Napoleon, Pignoli and Cannoli. As an avid supporter of the “Adopt- Don’t Shop” movement, he has voiced and promoted their idea across his social media.

He’s also a great philanthropist, known for throwing fundraisers and promoting various charities. Joe also donates a portion of his proceeds from merchandise to his favorite charities, such as Daniels Music Foundation.

In addition to his numerous humanitarian endeavors, he is also an anti-bully advocate.

Is he active on social media?

He is very active on social media – his Instagram counts 1.7 million followers, while on Twitter, he has over a million followers.

Joe also has a TikTok account, which currently has over five million followers and 45 million likes – he usually makes various sketches with his wife and children. Joe also uses the Clubhouse app, the invitation-only social media application for communicating and hosting live discussions.

In addition to his various social accounts, in April 2021 he launched his YouTube channel, on which he discusses various topics, including his family, creative writing, and video games. He has created the web series entitled “You Seem Cool”, which can also be found on his YouTube channel. The show features Joe as a host interviewing content creators such as Terry Turner, Caitlin Dechelle, and Jax.

More About Joe

The actor has also dipped his toe into writing; in August 2020, he published the book entitled The Dogfather: My Love of Dogs, Desserts and Growing up Italian”, which offers an personal account of his life with six dogs and Italian roots. In an interview he disclosed how he came up with the idea to write a book, saying;” “I was at home with my family and have a house full of puppies, and my cousin mentioned that with all the stories I have about my dogs, it might be a cool opportunity to make a memoir of sorts. So it was a really fun quarantine project to conquer during these crazy times.”

Recently he’s announced that his live show “Traffic Cam” is back. In his promotional video, he explains what the type of the show is, saying: ”I sit here while I’m in traffic. I answer questions you guys have. I give you an update on “Tenderloins”, and then I play the radio and sing, dance. You guys keep me company while I am, in traffic”.

Author

Robbie is currently a reporter for TheBiography based in Santa Monica, CA. Prior to joining TheBiography in December 2020, he was an entertainment reporter in People.

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