James Murray is ranked among the top in the improvisational comedy industry due to his outstanding spontaneous performances. He is also a producer, editor, actor, director, and author. Born on the 1st May 1976 in Staten Island, Murray was creative growing up.
James Murray Career Details
In high school, he met his fellow comedians Sal Vulcano, Joe Gatto, and Brian Quinn. They graduated and joined different colleges, with Murray heading to Georgetown University in Washington. D.C. After a few years, James, Sal, and Joe unified in 1999, formed a comedy group, and named it the Tenderloins. They started doing comedy sketches and posted them online consistently. With a humble start, the videos eventually went viral and were streamed a million times. Quinn later joined the team, and they continued posting comedy videos.
In 2007, the group decided to compete on‘It’s Your Show competition’ that aired on NBC under the sketch category ‘Time Thugs.’ Due to their talent, they won $100,000. This gave them an advantage because they were now known in the industry, giving them a massive following.
Impractical Jokers significantly fueled the troupe’s success and its first episode aired on December 15, 2011on truTV. Each episodeinvolves several dares that the comedians have to perform. The performance is rated by a thumbs up or thumbs down. The person who gets more thumbs down is “punished.”
Murray also focuses on scriptwriting movies. For example, he wrote, produced, and directed the 1998 film, Damned!
James Murray Net Worth
As of 2017, Murray’s net worth is $1 million. He is the wealthiest among the group members due to his non-comedy endeavors. He made decent money from Damned!Moreover, he has worked on a couple of other films that have contributed to his wealth.
In 2002, he produced, directed, and edited the Subway. Additionally, he wrote, produced, and directed the popular 2005 film Superdude and Friend. He also was the writer, producer, editor, and host of Criss-Cross,a 2005 TV short.
Besides, he is an author and is famous for his horror book Awakened. With all these professions, he is able to amass such wealth.
James Murray Marriage Details
James married Sal’s sister, Jenna Vulcano, in 2014. This seemed like an abrupt function, but the team had plan prank for months. Therefore, James and Jenna were legally married, went on a honeymoon, and returned within 24 hours. The group told him of the prank, and they divorced the following day.
However, most of Murray’s supporters think that he is gay. The rumor started after an interview on the “Talk Show with Sally Jensen” in 2016, when Sal said that he was coming out of the closet and claimed to be gay. This vulnerable moment prompted Murray to say that he is also gay.
Reliable sources have alleged that Sal is not gay and he only said so to give Murray the courage to come out. They are jokers who are always pranking each other, which makes it hard to tell if they were honest. Also, Murray has never been spotted out with his boyfriend, and thus his sexuality is still unclear.
Fun Facts About James Murray
Here are three fun facts about James Murray
It took 14 years for Awakened to be published. He used to send the book to publishers, but they would turn him down, until in 2016 when HarperCollins published it. It ended up being a number one international bestseller.
On November 9, 2017, the group had a show at Madison Square Garden, and it sold out. It was an incredible experience that Murray felt like the group’s 12 years of hard work had finally paid off. Therefore, he decided to commemorate the event by having a tattoo of the date to always remind him of the day they had a successful event.
His dream career was an author. Writing books is one of his professions, but he wanted to do it full time. In the university, he studied arts and majored in English. This is why his book had a positive reception; he is well-trained in writing.