What started as high school friendship for James Murray several years later turned into a comedian group called The Tenderloins. The quartet of James Murr Murray and his three friends Joseph “Joe” Gatto, Brian “Q” Quinn, and Salvatore “Sal” Vulcano forms the group.
After over ten years of hard work and even failing, Murray and his tenderloin friend got a nod in mainstream comedy through Tru Tv comedy series Impractical Jokers. The show made the debut on December 15, 2011, and became an instant hit with its first season watched by over 32 million viewers.
Murray is the senior vice president of development at NorthSouth Productions. This TV star is also a writer known for comedies. However, Murray has shown diversity by writing a horror novel named Awakened.
If we delve into his personal life, Murray was married to a wife, but gay word is constantly associated with him. Is Murray a gay person? Know everything about him including his net worth below.
James Murray legally married Sal Vulcano Sister Jenna Vulcano
James Murray was married to his fellow Tenderloins friend Sal Vulcano’s sister Jenna Vulcano. In 2014, Murray and Jenna had a wedding ceremony also they legally signed the marriage document stating husband and wife. However, after honeymoon night the two mutually canceled the marriage. Odd right?
The marriage was a setup based on their show Impractical Jokers and Jenna very well played her part in it. To be precise, Murray took revenge on Sal for the skydiving punishment he faced in the third season first episode of the show.
James Murray is openly a gay person. Any boyfriend or girlfriend?
Murray has admitted being a gay person in front of live audience and the whole world watching in the TV show. In a special episode of “Day Time Talk with Sally Jessy” featuring all four jokers, his friend Sal Vulcano admitted being a gay person. Inspired by the confession, Murray was quick to admit that he was a gay too.
However, among the two Sal lied so that Murray would come out of the closet. When the show host, Jessy asked the jokers how they feel about coming out Sal changed his tune and said;
“It makes me feel great that my best friend James come out of closet, that’s the reason I brought up here today. You see, I am not gay, but I knew if I said I was gay he would admit that he was gay”
Apart from coming out, James has not shared about his personal life. One thing that is clear is Murray values his family more than anything. He credits his success to the family and upbringing which installed never give up attitude on him.
Growing up Murray had developed a huge crush on 80’s comedy TV show, The Wonder Years star Danica McKellar. We can say, at one point Murray was interested in women. Besides TV crush we do not know if he had someone in real life. Also, there is no information about Murray having an affair with men in life.
James Murray Wiki/Bio, age
Popular by nickname Murr, James Murray was born on May 1, 1976, in Staten Island, New York, United States and raised there. He has two older sisters – Christine and Danielle. As far as ethnicity is concerned Murray is of Irish descent.
Murray reflected his funny and intelligent side from his years at Monsignor Farrell High School. There he became interested in drama and improv comedy and joined improv club. Murray graduated as the Salutatorian from Farrell, which means the second smartest person in school. To attend college, he moved to Washington and studied four years B.A with major English at Georgetown University ( 1994-1998).
James Murray Career and Profession, Tenderloins journey
Murray created comedy troupe The Tenderloins alongside his high school friends in 1999. After college, he worked for Staten Island Ferry where he ran into Sal. The two reconnected with high school friends Joe Gatto and Mike Boccio and began practicing improv at Joe’s house three days every week for six months. They performed their first official show on March 4, 2000.
Murray taught improv and sketch comedy at a school to support himself and the Tenderlions project. Around 2006 the guys rented a small 50-person theater in New York for $65. Only two people came to see the show who were Murray’s student. The Tenderlions got deserved recognition and their first turning point as they won $100,000 on NBC’s It’s Your Show YouTube video competition in 2007.
Murray had two failed attempt before Tenderloins got a comedy show deal with Tru Tv channel. His had sold his first show to A&E however it did not go past the pilot episode. In 2008 Tenderloins were set to feature in a scripted sitcom for Spike TV and again the show did not get past the pilot episode.
TruTV announced the series Impractical Jokers, originally slated to be named Mission: Uncomfortable, on April 12, 2011. In addition to the show, the famed Tenderloins began hosting a podcast in April 2012 which is released in two weeks time on their official website and iTunes.
The popularity of Tenderlions has helped them perform at theatres, clubs, festivals and live event across the US and the UK. From finding hard to fill a 50 person theater to a sold out tickets at Madison Square Garden speaks the success of The Tenderloins.
Murray has got a tattoo of November 9, 2017, the date of live comedy event Murray and the Tenderloins guys performed at sold out Madison Square Garden. Murray considers it as the greatest experience, and the tattoo is for the remainder of the day.
A quick look at Tenderloins history, it had five members, but after few changes over the years James Murray, Sal Vulcano, Joe Gatto, and Brian Quinn are remaining current members of the group. In 2001 Gideon S. Horowitz who was from beginning left the group. In 2005 another original member Mike Boccio left the group due to personal reason and was replaced by Brian Quin.
James Murray as Impractical Jokers
Murray alongside his Tenderlions member act as cast and the executive producers of Impractical Jokers. In the show, they perform hidden camera jokes on each other. In every episode, they dare to complete a silly task on the strangers, and the one who fails to meet the goal gets the punishment.
Murray is no stranger to the punishment, and he was subject of what is considered the most famous punishment in the show. In the third season first episode titled “Look Out Below” aired in January of 2014 Murray was made to skydive out of the plane to face his biggest fear of height and later he had to draw a skydiving ferret tattoo on his left thigh as a part of the punishment.
James Murray Net Worth
The different online source estimates James Murray Net Worth at $1M. We assure you the data was collected a couple of years ago so it does not tell the truth about the current value in 2018. Since the breakthrough as Impractical Jokers, James Murray has enjoyed the success that can be compared to exponential rise. So has his net worth. Official data about his net worth in 2018 has not yet come out. Keep checking us for updates.