Was Brian 'Q' Quinn a New York firefighter? The 'Impractical Jokers' star was once arrested in Germany

Quinn has been vocal in public about his battle with depression for years

                            Was Brian 'Q' Quinn a New York firefighter? The 'Impractical Jokers' star was once arrested in Germany
Brian 'Q' Quinn (Brian Quinn/Instagram)

The oldest among the four friends who comprise the comedy troupe ‘The Tenderloins’, Brian Michael ‘Q’ Quinn has a glorious past. Before joining 'The Tenderloins' officially in 2006, Quinn served with the New York City Fire Department as a firefighter for eight years. 

Who is Brian 'Q' Quinn?

Born on March 14, 1976, in Brooklyn, New York, Quinn moved with his family to Staten Island at the age of two, thus making all four members of The Tenderloins residents of Staten Island. Quinn belongs to Irish-Italian descent. 

He attended Monsignor Farell High School along with Joe Gatto, Sal Vulcano, and James Murray — the other three stars of ‘Impractical Jokers’. They were close friends in high school and members of the school’s Improvisation Club.

Brian 'Q' Quinn (Getty Images)

After graduating high school, Quinn went on to pursue higher education at Brooklyn College. He later joined the New York City Fire Department as a firefighter. He is quite proud of his stint as a firefighter and still contributes regularly to the FDNY as a sign of respect and gratitude. Since the launch of ‘Impractical Jokers’, Quinn has donated around $50,000 to the FDNY. He also occasionally makes sure to catch up with his former co-workers and fellow firefighters. 

Quinn joined 'The Tenderloins' in 2006 as the fourth member, after former member Mike Bocci left in 2005.

Unknown trivia about Brian ‘Q’ Quinn

Quinn has been vocal about his battle with depression for years. He also admittedly suffers from arachnophobia, fear of spiders. There was a time when he suffered from critical encephalitis and meningitis that led to a delay in filming of ‘Impractical Jokers’. He even skipped a few challenges due to his health issues. 


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Among the four Impractical Jokers, Quinn was the first to lose his virginity. The girl’s identity is unknown to the public but it has come to light that she was in prison in 2013.

In 2009, Quinn was arrested in Germany for disorderly conduct after getting into a brawl. He was escorted back to America by German Police and here his friends, the other members of 'The Tenderloins', bailed him out. 

Quinn is an avid car lover and owns eight different cars. He is also a pet parent to three cats which even led to a punishment tattoo on the show that said: “38. Lives alone. Has 3 cats.”


A fan of author Hunter S Thompson, Quinn refuses to eat peanut butter or sushi at any cost. 

‘Impractical Jokers’ Season 9 premieres on February 4 at 10/9C on truTV. 

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