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 Stephen Murray
Date of birth
May 1, 1976
Place of birth
New York City, U.S.
Irish and Italian descent
Melyssa Davies (m. 2020)
Jenna Vulcano (m. 2014; annulled 2014)
Monsignor Farrell High School; Georgetown University (BA)
Comedian, actor, author, producer, writer, director
$7 million (estimated)
Brian Quinn, Sal Vulcano, Joe Gatto
TV show debut
December 15, 2011
TV show network
TV show viewership
Over 32 million viewers in its first season
Other TV shows
The Misery Index; Impractical Jokers: The Movie
First film budget
Paid by Murray’s parents instead of buying him a car
First film role
Producer, writer, and director
Awakened (2018), The Brink (2019), Don’t Move (2020), The Stowaway (2021), Area 51 (2022)
Social media presence
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube (The Tenderloins)
$100,000 grand prize in NBC’s “It’s Your Show” competition for the sketch “Time Thugs”
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.
Is James Murray 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, he later admitted that he was not gay and that he only said he was to prank his friend Sal Vulcano, who also came out as gay on the same show. It turned out that Sal was not gay either.
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.
Marital status: Murr has been married to Melyssa Davies since September 25, 2020. The couple met at a launch party for his book Awakened in June 2018 and hit it off right away. They got engaged in August 2019 after Murr proposed to her outside their new home in New Jersey. Their wedding was held at the Lake House Inn in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, in front of their family and friends, including Murr’s fellow Jokers Sal Vulcano, Brian Quinn, and Joe Gatto. Joe also served as the best man and officiated the wedding.
Murr is currently enjoying his married life with Melyssa and working on new projects with The Tenderloins. He is one of the most successful and popular Impractical Jokers who has found love and happiness both on and off screen.
James Murray Early Life
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.
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
Murray has amassed a net worth of $7 million. He is best known for being one of the stars and executive producers of the hit hidden camera show “Impractical Jokers” on TruTV. He is also a co-founder of the comedy troupe “The Tenderloins”, which has performed live shows and podcasts across the country. Murray has written and directed several films and shorts, as well as co-authored several horror and science-fiction novels with Darren Wearmouth. He also owns Impractical Productions, LLC, which produces various television shows and specials. Murray has diversified his sources of income and established himself as a successful entertainer in the industry.