Impractical Jokers is probably one of the funniest shows on television you may or may not be watching. It’s a comedy show about four real-life best friends who dare each other to do the craziest things. They will be performing this Friday at the Wilbur Theatre, giving me an excuse to ask James Murray of the troupe some questions.
Steve Duffy: You have been performing since high school how did the idea to start a comedy troupe start?
James Murray: We did improv and theatre together in high school and then went to different colleges and then after we all graduated, we got together and formed “The Tenderloins.”
SD: You guys have great chemistry together and are all very funny, who inspires you guys?
JM: Bill Murray, Richard Pryor, and Eddie Murphy. We all love the Naked Gun & Airplane movies and especially Mel Brooks movies. We love being silly and making people laugh.
SD: How do you come up with the ideas for the different dares/competitions for each show?
JM: We think of things we would never want to do and then force each other to do them. After 23 years, we know what is going to embarrasses who.
SD: The show has become very successful, how has that changed you and the premise of the show?
JM: The show has taught us that we need new best friends. It hasn’t changed us at all as a group of friends; we are all well grounded and keep each other in check. It’s been an incredible journey and we are all still amazed at all that has happened for us.
SD: What can your fans expect at your live show?
JM: We are so excited about coming to Boston. We have some hidden camera challenges, audience Q&A, and a few things that the studio rejected. Anything can happen!