Sal Vulcano Gives Penn State ‘Impractical Jokes’ During SPA Comedy Show

WARNING: The following post contains scenes of graphic stupidity among lifelong friends who compete to embarrass each other. Well, at least one of them.

Comedian Sal Vulcano, along with stand-up comedian Chris Johnston, took the stage on Thursday night at Eisenhower Auditorium for a comedy show hosted by Penn State’s Student Programming Association (SPA).

Vulcano, best known for his time on hidden-camera comedy “Impractical Jokers” with his buddies Murr, Q, and Joe, is the joker with the “most punishments” since the show first aired in 2011. Over the years, Vulcano has become a popular meme among college students, especially one picture of him taken in 2008, making his appearance on campus one students couldn’t miss.

The sold-out show kicked off at 8 p.m. as Johnston performed bits about being a dad, his road rage, and conversations he’s had with his nine-year-old daughter.

As he entered the stage, there was an immediate uproar from the audience as one member shouted gibberish as the applause died down, prompting Johnston to joke, “I think we got Tourettes in here.”

Johnston started his stand-up with the “We Are” chant as one of his buddies told him that doing so was customary.

“I thought when I said, ‘We Are,’ you guys were gonna say ‘farmers, bum ba dum bum bum bum bum,” Johnston said.

At one point, Johnston asked the crowd if anyone was majoring in finance, leading the crowd to boo. However, when he asked about engineers in the room, the crowd cheered and applauded.

At the end of Johnston’s act, Vulcano entered the stage energetically, recording the crowd of hundreds of students in front of him with a big smile on his face.

Vulcano spent the first few minutes of his stand-up set talking about his time on Impractical Jokers before telling the audience about the day he found out he was an Internet meme. Vulcano proceeded to ask the audience what that picture means to them, prompting audience members to say things like, “It’s a classic,” “It’s everything to me,” and, “You’re our lord and savior.”

One student informed Vulcano that she and her friends slap a picture of the meme every time they have an exam for good luck.

Vulcano told the crowd that an audience member in the crowd of his last college show said, “We worship you,” leading to the crowd shouting out that it was true.

During his set, Vulcano showed off his quick comedic timing and his comical physicality and impressions.

Later on, Vulcano brought up his infamous tattoo of a 15-year-old Jaden Smith, which he was forced to get as a punishment, causing huge commotion from the crowd.

“I walk around with this tattoo and I forget that I have it,” Vulcano said. “Every time I’m in a relationship, I have very awkward conversations.”

Vulcano even informed the crowd that not only does he have one tattoo of Jaden Smith, but he has two — one on each leg.

As the crowd’s energy heightened even more, Vulcano started engaging with audience members by asking the crowd about the Willard Preacher, referring to him as “the Reverend.” One audience member shouted that Willard preaches about how “women are sluts,” prompting him to ask many follow-up questions.

“I was under the impression you guys embraced him,” Vulcano said to the crowd. “Have any of you planned something against the Willard [Preacher]? I’m your guy. I want to come back one day and just stand there yelling back at him all day.”

The act continued with Vulcano trying to wrap his head around the concept of the Willard Preacher, causing him to burst out into laughter with the audience. At one point, an audience member showed a picture of him to Vulcano, making him more intrigued by the Willard Preacher.

As Vulcano continued to ask the crowd about life on campus, the comedy show turned into a lesson on Penn State for Vulcano. Students shouted to Vulcano about what a Nittany Lion is, life in the dorms, and the party scene, leading him to tell stories about his own adventures out in the city.

After one of his bits, an audience member gives him a drawing they made for him in the form of a famous poet and writer.

“This is wild,” Vulcano said. “Is this me dressed up as William Shakespeare? Why him? This is really good… I’ll give this to my mom.”

The comedy show continued with Vulcano performing bits about how he accidentally gave an Uber driver one star, his fear of the tooth fairy when he was little, and the “most terrifying moment” of his adult life.

Vulcano ended off the show with the classic “We Are” chant and a standing ovation from the crowd.

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Evan Halfen

Evan Halfen is a junior broadcast journalism major from Newark, DE, and is one of Onward State's associate editors. Evan loves all things Penn State, tailgating, being loud, just about any beach, and his puppies, Butterscotch and Wentzy. You can direct all your tips, roasts, and jokes to his Instagram: @evan.halfen or email: [email protected]

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