A new year means a new season of Impractical Jokers. The fabulous Staten Island foursome have now spent more than a hundred episodes making us laugh by battling to embarrass each other, and they’re not slowing down.
Starpulse caught up with America’s favorite ferret, James “Murr” Murray (pictured above bottom with fellow Jokers Brian “Q” Quinn, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano) to talk Season 5 and ask if he’s finally embraced his constant comparison to a small, furry animal.
Did he ever think the show would make it to Season 5? “We’re amazed we got to episode two,” Murr laughed. “I’m amazed none of us died at this point – that’s pretty good. It’s pretty unbelievable and very exciting.”
One of the big additions to this season is that there is now literally nowhere the Jokers won’t go to make each other suffer. “This season will feature destination punishments. This is the first time ever we’re doing that,” he revealed. “So we’ll literally travel all ends of the globe just to punish someone.”
That might be bad for Murr, who is historically the Joker with the least amount of thumbs-up in challenges. We asked him if he’s upped his game this season, or if any of the Jokers ever try to improve upon past mistakes. “We have no hindsight ability whatsoever,” he admitted.
“If anything I think we’re getting more and more scared as we get older. The show’s getting crazier so I’m getting more scared,” he continued, quipping, “I’m afraid to leave my apartment now.”
Season 5 will also feature the return of some favorite challenges, such as asking strangers to help bury items in the park, having water thrown in their faces, and playing receptionists at an office. How do the guys decide which games they need to play again?
“It’s really just what we love doing,” Murr explained. “The example that you brought up of ‘Help Me Bury This,’ it was so weird. The reactions you get from people no matter what is just pure shock. Like what the hell is this guy burying in the park? It’s such a weird interaction, it’s funny to us, we were like we just have to do it again.
“So lots of times it’s that,” he continued, “and a lot of times we see the fan mail that comes in and people posting online that they love something in particular and the chances are that we loved doing it too and it comes back. A lot of times we think we did terribly the first time so we wanted another shot at doing it a second time!”
While they’re working on the new season, the guys are also busy with a number of other adventures, most notably their live show. Under their original moniker The Tenderloins, the Jokers will be headed to the UK for their first international shows this year and have more live fun in store in 2016. Visit their website (thetenderloins.com) for the latest on that front.
But for now, the focus is on the new season of Impractical Jokers, which also means one other thing: more ferret jokes. Having been spotted wearing a ferret T-shirt last season, has Murr finally accepted his long-running nickname?
“I’ve embraced my inner ferret,” he declared. “You know what? Ferrets are adorable pets, they are really cute and they are fun to carry around, and I’m all three of those things.”
Impractical Jokers airs Thursdays at 10 PM on TruTV. If you missed the Season 5 premiere, don’t forget to check out our Scorecard.