Who is James Murray?
James “Murr” Murray was born on 1 May 1976, in Staten Island, New York, USA. He is a comedian, actor, and reality television personality, best known for being member of the improvisational troupe called The Tenderloins, and one of the stars of the hidden camera game show called “Impractical Jokers”.
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The Wealth of James Murray
James Murray has a net worth estimated to be over $5 million, earned thanks to the success of The Tenderloins and their work in “Impractical Jokers”. Aside from the show, he’s also done a few other acting gigs.
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The Tenderloins, Education, and Career Beginnings
James became interested in comedy at a young age, particularly improvisation. However, he never really developed his skills and interest in it until he met his future Tenderloin friends at Monsignor High School. All of them were natives of Staten Island or nearby areas, and the four grew close as they had a shared love for comedy. Initially, they wanted to be a part of the improv club to meet girls, but developed their love for performance because of it. They chose the name The Tenderloins because it felt like an embarrassing word to say in public.
After matriculating from high school, the four friends went their separate ways. James enrolled at Georgetown University to complete his bachelor’s degree, after which he began working on the Staten Island Ferry. There he met and reconnected with one of his Tenderloin friends, Salvatore Vulcano. The friends reunited and began practicing together, officially starting the group’s professional endeavors in 1999, doing comedy sketches and improv. They were initially five members, but Gideon Horowitz left the group for personal reasons.
Rise to Fame and Impractical Jokers
The group was having a bit of success working a few tours around the country, as well as some international performances. After years of live shows, the group decided to explore filmed comedy sketches, which led them to meet Brian Quinn who would replace Mike Boccio. They posted their sketches on various websites such as MySpace and YouTube, which led to a small following.
In 2007, they joined the NBC competition “It’s Your Show”, submitting a sketch called “Time Thugs” which was successful, winning them a $100,000 grand prize.
Wanting to build more out of that success, they started developing a script for a pilot television show, based on their lives. They promoted the pilot to Spike TV, but it was not picked up, so they worked on another pilot which was showcased at the 2009 New York Television Festival.
In 2011, they finally made their breakthrough on television in a truTV program called “Impractical Jokers”. The show pits them against one another as they do a series of dares, with the person with the most negative votes from the troupe then doing a punishment, or else be kicked off the show.
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The dares and the punishment usually have one of the cast members do something embarrassing while in public. Murr currently holds the second most punishments at 61.
Success and Other Projects
“Impractical Jokers” proved to be a success for all group members, as they earned a lot of income and fame thanks to their work. The show has been airing for more than eight seasons with no sign of stopping any time soon, with positive ratings including from high profile publications such as “The New York Times” and “New York Post”. It’s proved to be an international hit too, leading to the creation of many international versions.
Aside from the television program, the four are planning to create a feature-length film called the “Impractical Jokers Movie”, in association with TruTV. They’ve also recently been cast to star in a new program called “Misery Index”, which is created by Andy Breckman who is known for his work on “Monk”. They also host a podcast called “The Tenderloins Podcast”, and had a limited run on radio, specifically for SiriusXM Radio called “The Tenderloins Radio Show”. When not working on all the aforementioned projects, The Tenderloins continue to tour regularly.
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During one of Murr’s punishments, he was legally married to Sal Vulcano’s sister Jenna, filmed during “Impractical Jokers” in 2014. The punishment also doubled as a practical joke to be played on Sal. After 24 hours, the marriage was annulled. For many years afterwards, rumors started spreading that Murr was gay due to the lack of any romantic partners seen in public, past the episode with Jenna. He has also done a lot of practical jokes with The Tenderloins which implied or jokingly admitted that he was gay.
The opposite is true, however, as it is known that he has been traveling with The Tenderloins alongside a long-term female partner; it’s not known if they are married. The couple were also photographed with three children which have led many to assume is his or their family. He has never spoken openly about his relationship, or his life away from work.