Bello Nock and the Impractical Jokers

Bello Nock prepares site in South Street Seaport for live higher walk event on TruTV's Impractical Jokers on Thursday, September 3, 2015. Setup took place on Tuesday, Sept 1. Cast members in background are James S. Murray, Joe Gatto, and Brian Quin

Bello Nock and the Impractical Jokers

When truTV's Impractical Jokers  foursome – Joe, Sal, Q and Murr – announced via social media that in celebration of their 100th episode that they will take on their most challenging dare yet, an epic high-wire walk five stories in the air above New York City during the show's first ever live punishment extravaganza, who do you think thay called to put it on? None other than the "World's Greatest Dare Devil" Bello Nock.

A seventh generation circus performer, millions know and love Bello for his unique blend of engaging entertainment and jaw-dropping daredevil stunts.

Bello was included in TIME Magazine's list of "America's Best Artists and Entertainers." The New York Daily News said that Bello was arguably "the greatest athlete" to ever set foot in Madison Square Garden. He's the only person in Ringling's 140-year history to have a show named after him. The "Bellobration" tour set attendance records and Kenneth Feld, the world's largest producer of live family entertainment, called Bello, "a once in a lifetime performer."

Sitting down with Bello at South Street Seaport as he took a break from setting up the towers for the event, he stressed how the event will be fun. "I worked with these guys in training, but they won't know the reality until they set foot on the wire looking down."

But don't worry. Bello has a system to keep them from falling fifty feet to the ground. But I still wouldn't want to try it and I worked with the greatest highwire performer ever, Jay Cochrane. That's where Bello and I have numerous items to talk about. Not many people know what a "Tirfor Jack" is. It was a pleasure joing him as a crane hoisted the towers and the walk wire was strung between them. The event will be a New York original.

With multiple cameras positioned to capture every moment and New York City's South Street Seaport as the backdrop, the quartet known for challenging one another to do the most outrageous dares in public will attempt to outdo each other to see who can walk the farthest distance on the highwire fifty feet off the ground.  

Set to air Thursday, Sept. 3, at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT., the can't-miss Impractical Jokers Live Punishment Special will reveal which Joker will be the first to drop and who will hang on the longest to claim victory for their favorite charity.

“Joe, Sal, Q and Murr are a very important part of the truTV family and we are beyond excited to celebrate the ‘Impractical Jokers’ milestone 100th episode in such an exciting way,” says Chris Linn,  President and Head of Programming for truTV. “We are thrilled to share this special live event with all the amazing fans of the show who have been so loyal."

Leading up to the live event, truTV will engage fans via social media by encouraging followers to tweet using #LivePunishment. Also, starting Aug. 13, fans can tweet their vote for which Joker they think will "walk the farthest," using #TeamMurr, #TeamJoe, #TeamQ, or #TeamSal. A poll will be featured on-air during the live broadcast, tabulating Twitter votes in real-time, stopping just short of the Impractical Jokers' tightrope attempts. Follow @truTVJokers for updates.

To further provide fans with everything Impractical Jokers, truTV.com will feature a pre- and post-episode digital show, live from South Street Seaport. Beginning at 9.30 p.m. ET/6.30 p.m. PT, the pre-show will feature guests, exclusive video and surprises. Immediately following the Live Special, the four Jokers will sit down for an interview to discuss their walk across the wire as well as answer questions fans have submitted via social media.

Fans and the public are encouraged to come watch, offer support and enjoy the onsite activities. After a successful run in San Diego during Comic Con International, The Impractical Jokers Museum of Impractical History, a specially curated exhibition featuring fan-generated artwork and show artifacts from some of the most legendary moments in Impractical Jokers history, is coming to New York City and will open to the public beginning at 10 a.m. at 19 Fulton St at the South Street Seaport.

The live punishment will also have a charitable element as each Joker’s favorite charity - Doctors Without Borders (Sal,) Daniel’s Music Foundation (Joe,) Make-A-Wish (Murr) and Stephen Siller Foundation (Q) receives a charitable contribution, determined by how far of a distance each Joker walks.

Bello Nock prepares site in South Street Seaport for live higher walk event on TruTV's Impractical Jokers on Thursday, September 3, 2015. Setup took place on Tuesday, Sept 1. Cast members in background are James S. Murray, Joe Gatto, and Brian Quin
Bello Nock prepares site in South Street Seaport for live higher walk event on TruTV's Impractical Jokers on Thursday, September 3, 2015. Setup took place on Tuesday, Sept 1. Cast members in background are James S. Murray, Joe Gatto, and Brian Quin