|Voice Actor||June Foray (cartoon)|
Ronnie Schell (cartoon)
Paul Reubens (film series)
Jess Harnell (The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol)
Gabriel Iglesias (Smurfs: The Lost Village)
|First Appearance||King Smurf (comic book)|
|Name Translation of Jokey Smurf|
|German||Jokey Schlumpf, Überraschungs-schlumpf (only in the old comic books)|
|Arabic||سنفور مازح (Sānfour-Māzih)|
- "Hey, I've got a little surprise for you!"
Jokey Smurf (original French name Schtroumpf Farceur) is one of the main characters of the Smurfs comic books and the Smurfs cartoon show, who has appeared on the show throughout its entire run.
He is a jolly yet mischievous village prankster who likes to get a laugh out of seeing his fellow Smurfs fall for his practical jokes, usually at the expense of their patience with him. His most common prank is the exploding giftbox that he usually gives to an unsuspecting Smurf. He never likes it though when a practical joke is being played back on him.
Although in the comics he occasionally pulls other pranks, some of which require a large dose of patience and the curiosity of other Smurfs, Jokey's tricks have on occasion saved the Smurfs from Gargamel and Azrael, as well as other enemies.
Role In The Village
Jokey just loves to play around with people, no matter how much he irritates them. When you get a look in his house, there are stacks of his exploding gift boxes everywhere. Jokey is also interested in magic, with one of his idols being Malchior the Magnificent.
Jokey's pranks will get him in trouble at times, even with the other Smurfs.
The main flaw in Jokey's character is his frankly terrible sense of tact, since he pulls pranks at the most inappropriate moments. For example, in the comic book version of the Astro Smurf adventure, when the whole village is working to get the rocket to the dead volcano, Jokey starts ranting about Astro Smurf, who was being kept asleep with a potion, about to wake up when the others race towards him with the potion. Jokey laughed in their faces for falling for it, which then prompted them to leave him with a black eye.
In King Smurf Jokey presents Hefty Smurf who has become the captain of the guard with one of his exploding gifts, prompting Hefty to arrest him and bring him towards King Smurf to face Justice. King Smurf took it all in good stride said it was a good joke and send Jokey along his way but before he went Jokey gave King Smurf a present. And was promptly thrown in jail after it exploded in King Smurf's face.
In one occasion with the Smurfs having discovered the Kaplowey Scroll and the said word that would make stuff disappear, Jokey thought he was being helpful in getting the other Smurfs to laugh again. However, the "surprise" prank he pulled on Grouchy made him so angry that it caused him to say the magic word in a fit of rage, with deadly results:
Papa: (Seeing what's about to happen) GROUCHY, NO!
Grouchy: KAPLOWEY! (Jokey vanishes)
Grouchy: Oh no! I HATE ... (In a sad tone, regretting what he just did) ...myself...
Jokey found Handy to be an extremely fanatical being when it came to doing repairs on other Smurfs' houses which prompted him to pull a prank which backfired and left him homeless.
In the The Smurf Menace adventure, Jokey foiled a plan of Papa Smurf to escape from the Duplicate Smurf village by posing as Grey Smurfs by making a funny remark to a grey Smurf, blowing their cover. When being led away in shackles Papa Smurf looked very angry at Jokey who remarked "I'm so sorry Papa Smurf but the urge just was stronger than me."
Jokey has other hidden talents, such as ventriloquism, which he reveals as his act for a talent show in "Gargamel's Dummy". With much practice, he is able to convincingly imitate Gargamel's voice -- awing the other Smurfs -- as part of his planned comedy act ... using a ventriloquist's dummy of Gargamel to make their sworn enemy look like a bumbling fool. When the real Gargamel casts on the dummy to bring it to life, and the dummy vandalizes the neighborhood, Jokey is blamed, leading him on an ultimately successful mission to clear his name before the dummy can use exploding boxes to destroy the village. The other Smurfs realize what really happened and apologize to Jokey, and his act ends up upstaging Brainy's "Amazing Brainy" act.
One of the very few times Jokey meets his match is in Soup A La Smurf when he presents Bigmouth one of his exploding gifts. Bigmouth then flicks the package inside his mouth and proceeds to eat it, he swallows it and then it explodes prompting Bigmouth to say that while it was good, it also was a bit too spicy for his taste. Also Slouchy Smurfling wasn't fooled by Jokey's exploding presents. When receiving one, Slouchy asked straight away if it was one of Jokey's exploding presents, Jokey who was in stitches laughing at what was about to happen urged him to open it. Slouchy directed the present into Jokey's direction, making it explode in Jokey's own face and walking off. In the cartoon episode "Jokey's Shadow", his shadow came to life when Mother Nature's magic dust was sprinkled on it and caused trouble even with Jokey. He gives one of his exploding gifts for one of the Gingerbread Smurfs in the episode they appeared in; after it had exploded, he said, "What a joke, huh?" The gingerbread Smurf answers, "You call that a joke?", then throws a bucket of water at him and laughs at him while saying, "Now that's a joke!".
In the Marvel Comics' Smurfs limited series interpretation of "Monster Smurfs", Papa Smurf gets Jokey to stop playing his "surprise" pranks on his fellow Smurfs when he rigged one of them to turn some of his little Smurfs into monsters when opened. However, a little later on, Papa Smurf finds out that his little Smurfs are bored from the lack of pranks, so he allows Jokey to play them once again, proving that despite the fact that the pranks are so annoying, they are pretty much necessary in the life of the Smurfs.
Relationships With OthersWhile he has no known "Best Smurf Friend", Jokey does share good friendships with certain Smurfs. He also likes Smurfette to a great extent, as shown in "Don Smurfo" where he dressed up as Smurfette's favorite book character because he was sorry that he made her feel bad at the start of the episode.
The Smurf that always gets on Jokey's nerves, no matter what, is Brainy. Every time he attempts to give a gift for Smurfette, Brainy will always come in and either stop him or smash the gift. Whenever Brainy tries to stop him, Jokey will give him the gift instead, and it always ends with it blowing up (or doing some other kind of prank) in Brainy's face.
Nobody is safe from Jokey's gifts, not even Baby Smurf (except in the cartoon show), whom Jokey gifted a musical box which then exploded, causing Baby Smurf to laugh. As it went off, Jokey apologizes to Smurfette, telling her that he just couldn't help himself. He even gives his exploding boxes to Peewit or an unsuspecting monster.
In The Movies
Jokey appears in the early part of the 2011 Smurfs movie as Clumsy stumbles his way through the village, sliding his way across a table and then through Jokey's house before coming to a complete stop, saying, "Who's clumsy now?" Jokey presents Clumsy with a lame joke and then offers him one of his "surprises", but Clumsy refuses it as he says that he is late for the rehearsal of the Blue Moon Festival dance. The "surprise" ends up exploding on Jokey, but he just manages to laugh it off.
Jokey appears in The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol as the Smurf who tricks Grouchy into thinking that Papa Smurf has finally given him a hang glider for a Christmas present, only for the present to turn out to be one of his exploding "surprises".
Jokey also appears as a supporting character in The Smurfs 2, substituting an exploding gift card which Brainy fell for when he opened it.
The Smurfs: The TeleTransport Smurf
Jokey is one of the playable characters in the PC game The TeleTransport Smurf.
Jokey is a playable racer in Smurf Racer with a vehicle themed after his surprise boxes.
In the app game Smurfs' Village, Jokey's hut in the main village costs 25 smurfberries.
In Other Media Presentations
Jokey appears with Harmony in a teaser for the upcoming 2021 Smurfs CGI cartoon TV show.
- His character in the cartoon was voiced by June Foray, with Ronnie Schell serving as her double.
- Jokey is voiced by Paul Reubens, best known for playing Pee-Wee Herman, in the 2011 Smurfs movie and its 2013 sequel. In The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol, he's played by voice actor Jess Harnell. In Smurfs: The Lost Village, he is voiced by well-known comedian Gabriel Iglesias.
- He shares a birthday with Gargamel -- on Halloween. ("All Hallows' Eve").
- He is allergic to pink paint. ("Calling Dr. Smurf").
- He is a self-taught ventriloquist. ("Gargamel's Dummy").
- He appears to be skilled in archery. (In "The Masked Pie Smurfer", he shot one arrow per Smurf's door, each time hitting the exact center).
- When the animated series was made, Peyo was against the Smurfs having personalized, distinguishing looks, but allowed them in most cases. In the case of Jokey Smurf, he was opposed to having him wearing a Harpo Marx-like wig and a spinning bowtie, so he kept his normal Smurf looks.