For the past three and a half years, Q, Murr, Joe, and Sal from the hit show Impractical Jokers have put each other through pretty much every embarrassing stunt and painfully awkward punishment they can think of. But that's nothing compared to what they can do to each other on tour.
This fall, the dudes are hitting the road and bringing their live show to theaters all over the country, sharing videos, stories, and stunts that were too insane for television. Before they wreak havoc on the Orpheum Theatre, we sat down with James "Murr" Murray to talk about their show this Friday night.
[jump] What should Impractical Jokers fans expect from this tour?
We show videos of things we've done that we couldn't show on TV, plus stories from the road, and we have a few surprises, too. When you come to our show, you get a dose of Impractical Jokers and a little bit of our comedy troupe, the Tenderloins.
Why do you think the show has been such a hit?
I think what makes our show great is the fact that we've been friends for 25 years, and we have endless amounts of history. We probably know too much about each other. What you see on TV is what we're like in real life, and I think people can tell that we're actually having fun.
When you guys are traveling together, do you ever come up with new ideas for the show?
We're actually filming this whole tour, so we're going to be capturing everything. Since so much of our show happens spontaneously depending on what's going on around us, we don't really have the chance to think of ideas ahead of time or anything like that. A few months ago, for example, we were in Nebraska at some outlet mall, and we had one of the guys trying on clothes in the middle of an Abercrombie & Fitch. Not in the dressing room, right in the middle of the store.
Beyond this tour, where do you see the Impractical Jokers crew going in the future?
We're in the middle of our latest season right now, and we've got a spin-off show called Jokers Wild that we're working on. Personally, I'd like to do a sketch comedy show and maybe even an Impractical Jokers movie. It would just be one mega-sized version of our show.
How do you feel about being trapped in a bus together for the next couple of weeks?
I have no idea what to expect. This is the first time we've ever gone out on a bus like this, with all of us together traveling cross-country. We might not be friends anymore in a few weeks.
IF YOU GO:
The truTV Impractical Jokers Tour featuring the Tenderloins
7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday, September 26
$49.50; $125 VIP