Great talk with James Murray (or as you may know him, Murr), easily one of the funniest pranksters on TV! We chat about humiliation, touring, getting thrown out of a plane and what it's like to have a hit TV show with 3 of your best friends!
You have been doing this for years. Do you still feel embarrassed during some of the punishments?
We get embarrassed daily! We're not strong men, we scare easily. The most embarrassed I've been recently was when the other Jokers made me nude model in front of a dozen strangers in an art class as they drew my naked, nude, clotheless body with no clothes on it.
You recently had Imagine Dragons on and performed a punishment on stage at their concert. Tell us about it.
We're huge fans of Imagine Dragons! It was a funny story how it all came about. We were filming last year in Washington Square Park, and totally randomly, their manager was walking through the park with his family. As soon as he saw us, he came up to say what big fans the band was of Impractical Jokers. That's how we all met and became friends. So when we heard they were performing at Jones Beach, it seemed like the perfect punishment for Joe and Sal. It was probably the coolest / scariest thing we've ever gotten to do on the show, and the band is amazing!
Speaking of big moments, can you tell us about Rosie O’Donnell pranking Q.
We've been joking for 3 seasons now that Q looks like Rosie O'Donnell. They really could be brother and sister. Rosie was a fan of the show, and tweeted us about the uncanny resemblance. A few secret tweets and phone calls later, she agreed to make a surprise guest appearance on the show to punish Q. He had no idea that she was going to walk in the room as his twin, it was perfect!
Favorite and least favorite punishment:
My favorite punishment was when we broke into Sal's house while he was away on vacation and seriously f**ked with his home. My least favorite is coming up in Season 3 - the guys threw me out of a damn plane from 15,000 feet, even though I am deathly afraid of dying to death.
Do you get recognized when filming pranks?
Sometimes, but there are so many people in NYC, that we manage it well. In season 3, we're actually shooting a few episodes in other states, like Texas and Georgia. It will be interesting to see what happens!
Your comedy troupe, The Tenderloins, tours all over the U.S. How is the crowd reaction?
We love the live tour so much. It gives us a chance to see the impact that Impractical Jokers has on people. The fan response continues to overwhelm and amaze us - they know every line from the show, they wear Larry shirts, they make posters and chant "Let's Get Sexy". It's awesome.
What can we expect to see on future episodes?
The punishments are getting bigger and better, we're hoping to have a few more surprise celebrity cameos this season, we'll be doing episodes this season in Texas, Atlanta and Atlantic City, and of course, lots more hilarious embarrassment for us!
The show has done very well. You have a lot of loyal viewers. What do you think draws people to it?
I think people really relate to our friendship. We've been best friends since Freshman year of high school, know everything about each other, and love to make each other laugh. We have so much fun making the TV show, and I think that comes across on screen. People always say they have friends just like us. And Joe shouting LARRY!! is just damn funny.
Craving more? 'Impractical Jokers: The Complete First Season' DVDwill be available on Nov. 26, 2013.
The DVD will include all 17 episodes from the first season as well as commentary from Q, Sal, Joe and Murr, behind-the-scenes features and deleted scenes.
For Impractical Jokers tour dates, visit their comedy troupe website www.TheTenderloins.com.
Liam Hemsworth's one-time fling Eiza Gonzalez has landed her big break by scoring a role in the upcoming TV adaptation of Robert Rodriguez's cult film From Dusk Till Dawn. The director announced plans to turn the 1996 movie, about two criminals who stumble across a nightclub filled with vampires, into a 10-episode series earlier this month (Nov13), with Miami Vice star Don Johnson taking on the lead as Sheriff Earl McGraw.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation actor D.J. Cotrona and Zane Holtz were both cast in the lead roles made famous by George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino, and now Gonzalez has been added to the line-up as one of their hostages.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day star Robert Patrick and actors Madison Davenport and Brandon Soo Hoo have also been hired for the show, which is in production in Austin, Texas.
The programme is due to premiere on Rodriguez's own English-language El Rey Network next spring (14), shortly after the December (13) launch of the cable channel.
Actress/singer Gonzalez hit headlines in September (13) when she was photographed kissing Hemsworth a day after news of his broken engagement to Miley Cyrus was announced. She has only previously appeared in a handful of Spanish-language telenovelas.
Hollywood hunk Joe Manganiello returned to his roots as a roadie by joining the band he worked with before hitting the big time at a show in New York City. Before becoming an established actor, the True Blood star worked as a member of Goldfinger's road crew, and he reunited with the punk/ska band at a concert at the Best Buy Theater in Manhattan's Times Square on Wednesday night (13Nov13).
This time, however, Manganiello graced the stage by introducing the group to the cheering crowd before heading behind-the-scenes to pose for pictures with bandmembers.
Pop stars Nick and Joe Jonas reunited in Mexico on Tuesday night (12Nov13) to honour an appearance at a music prizegiving, two weeks after confirming The Jonas Brothers are no more. The singing siblings agreed to part ways professionally last month (Oct13) after creative differences forced them to scrap their North American tour.
However, two thirds of the group headed to Mexico City this week to attend the Telehit Awards Concert, a commitment made before the band's split, to perform for fans one last time, reports TMZ.com.
Eldest brother Kevin Jonas did not make the journey.
In this week's Brooklyn Nine-Nine, the precinct is being covered for an article by Jimmy Brogan (Stacy Keach), the tough-as-nails reporter who covered crime in the '70s — when the moustaches were juicy and everyone wore orange polyester — and wrote Peralta's favorite book, The Squad. The novel inspired Peralta to become a detective and Peralta considers Broagn his hero, so he spends the episode trying to impress him by behaving like the old school cops did in Brogan's book. But Brogan's not too impressed by the identity theft case that Peralta and Santiago are working on, calling them "hair bags" and refusing to take them seriously until Peralta joins him for a night of hard drinking and foolishly on-the-record statements. Peralta then has to find a way of keeping Bogan from printing some unflattering things he said about Holt while he was drunk.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine has already proven itself to be one of the funniest comedies on televison right now, and it keeps getting better with each episode. Part of this has to do with the show's ensemble, which gives the wonderfully weird and hilarious actors and characters room to shine every week, and the show does a great job of putting the spotlight on different characters every week. We've decided to highlight the funniest characters and their best lines and moments this week, so here are our picks for the MVPs of Brooklyn Nine-Nine's eighth episode, "Old School".
NOTE: We only have one real complaint about this episode, and that is the continued lack of screentime for Andre Braugher. Here's hoping that Holt gets some great moments again next week.
Jake Peralta-"Old School" is the best episode yet for both Andy Samberg and Jake Peralta. Samberg carried the whole thing effortlessly, with plenty of opportunities to show off his physical comedy — something that has always been his strong suit. When it inevitably comes time for Brooklyn Nine-Nine to submit episodes for the Emmys, Samberg would be a fool not to submit this one. It was also great to see Peralta not only prove himself a great detective this week, but also to see the great person he is beneath his ego and well-timed comebacks. The show needed an episode like "Old School" to redeem the backslide that hit Peralta last week, and hopefully they continue to improve his character as the season goes on. - While operating the bomb disposal robot to remove Scully's shoes from the office: "I know what I'm doing. I saw the first 10 minutes of The Hurt Locker."- Peralta: "Is the sky just a big blue hat that the world wears?" Diaz: "No. And nobody has ever thought that."- Peralta has read 15 books in his life, which is funny in and of itself, but Samberg's facial expression when Santiago comes back with, "50 isn't a lot of books. Wait, did you say 50 or 15?" makes the whole exchange hilarious. - In order to impress Bogan and smell like one of the old school cops, Peralta rubs cigarette ash all over himself. - Peralta arrives at the station, incredibly hung over, and passes a perp who keeps shouting about how they'll never catch him. Peralta replies with a perfectly frustrated, "We already got you, idiot." Samberg is so good in "Old School" that he even makes his throw away lines memorable. - Samberg is brilliant at physical comedy, and this week's highlight comes from the way he slides halfway down his chair, then flops face-first onto the floor because he is too hung over to sit up. - While lying on the floor: "My whole body has dry mouth!"- Holt: "You look like a corpse we pulled out of the river." Peralta: "I look like a rock star who OD'ed and drowned in his own pool. There's a difference."
Charles Boyle- Joe Lo Truglio has been having a great run of episodes, and has managed to transform Charles from a one-joke sadsack into one of the show's most consistently funny characters. In "Old School," he gets to be the teacher rather than the student, when he and Sgt. Jeffords coached Diaz on courtroom conduct. As the show has proven in the past, a confident Charles is a hilarious Charles, and this episode is no exception. - Peralta describes losing his virginity to his teacher's daughter as "very fast," to which Charles responds proudly, "Nice!"- Diaz: "I look like Arsenio." Boyle: "So... it's perfect?"- "If the problem is that you're nervous, that's where Charles Boyle lives, baby!" - Charles continues to be a major foodie, by revealing that his "happy place" is just him slurping up the world's longest linguini noodle, with a sauce change every 20 feet. Lo Truglio's enthusiastic delivery of "Ooh, pesto!" sells the whole thing. - His giggle when Diaz thanks him for helping out is perfectly timed and perfectly dorky.
Scully- The biggest laugh of the night comes, surprisingly, from Scully revealing that although he doesn't drink, he did spend most of 1987 on a cocaine binge. The subsequent flashback, with him wide-eyed and speed talking to a shirtless Hitchcock, would have easily stolen the whole episode, but the writers managed to top it with Scully's follow-up line: "I had three heart attacks and filed for bankruptcy. Hitchcock turned out fine, though."
Actress Whoopi Goldberg was left stunned last week (ends08Nov13) after finding herself sitting beside U.S. Vice President Joe Biden as she made her way home from Washington, D.C. on a train. The Oscar winner, who has a fear of flying, hopped on an Amtrak train for the trip back to New Jersey on Friday (08Nov13) after appearing at an event at the White House - and she was pleasantly surprised to discover she had a very special travelling companion.
She explains, "It's kind of crazy... I went to the White House... because they did a great symposium with lots of young people to teach (them) about acting, and make-up making and just all things to do with filmmaking. It was great.
"Then I got back on the train and they (train officials) said, 'Oh no, no, you can't sit there'. I was like, 'OK', and my partner Tom said, 'Why not...?' They said, 'We have a VIP coming on...'
"I'm sitting there talking to someone... and I see Joe Biden walking up the way and I'm thinking, 'What's he doing on the train?' And he said to me, 'What the hell (are) you doing on the train?' I'm like, 'I'm going home!' (He said), 'Me too!'
"It was great; it was nice to sit with him."
Biden was en route to his home state of Delaware for the weekend (09-10Nov13).
British filmmaker Joe Wright is in talks to bring Peter Pan back to the big screen in a new origin movie. The Anna Karenina director has become the frontrunner to tackle the latest tale about the boy who never grew up in a project that will chronicle who Peter Pan was before he discovered Never Never Land and took charge of the Lost Boys.
Screenwriter Jason Fuchs, who penned the script for Ice Age: Continental Drift, is adapting the idea for the screen, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Warner Bros. project is the latest to revolve around the Peter Pan tale - there are also films in the works at Columbia and Disney, with the likes of Channing Tatum and The Hunger Games director Gary Ross attached.
Filmmaker Peter Jackson and his special effects team are to be honoured with the 2014 Vanguard Award at the Producers Guild Awards. Jackson, visual effects artist Joe Letteri and their team at Weta Digital will receive the accolade in Beverly Hills in January (14).
The team's film credits include hits as the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Avatar and King Kong.
Previous recipients include James Cameron, Stan Lee, George Lucas and John Lasseter.
In a joint statement, Jackson says, "Visual effects are a great tool to inspire the audience’s imagination and encourage them to take that extra step into the story."
Former New York mob boss John Gotti, Jr. is recovering from a stab wound after becoming involved in a fight in Long Island, New York. The retired head of the Gambino crime family was reportedly trying to break up an altercation between two strangers in the parking lot of a CVS pharmacy on Sunday night (10Nov13) when he was struck in the stomach.
He was admitted to a local hospital for treatment, although details about his condition were unknown as WENN went to press.
Police have now launched an investigation into the incident, reports the New York Daily News.
The life of the 49 year old, who claims to have turned his back on the mob in 1999, is set to be the subject of an upcoming crime drama starring John Travolta as his father, who died behind bars in 2002.
Ben Foster was previously attached to portray Gotti, Jr. in Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father, but it is not yet clear if he is still onboard.
Joe Johnston is set to direct the project, which will also feature Sir Anthony Hopkins and Travolta's wife, Kelly Preston, as Gotti's spouse Victoria.
George Clooney has no plans to sign up to microblogging website Twitter.com, because he fears one drunken tweet could end his career. The Hollywood heavyweight admits he has never understood the appeal of social networking and the last thing he would want is fans bombarding him with comments all day and all night.
He tells Esquire magazine, "I don't understand why any famous person would ever be on Twitter. Why on God's green earth would you be on Twitter? Because first of all, the worst thing you can do is make yourself more available, right? Because you're going to be available to everybody.
"So one drunken night, you come home and you've had two too many drinks and you're watching TV and somebody p**ses you off, and you go 'Ehhhhh' and fight back. And you go to sleep, and you wake up in the morning and your career is over. Or you're an a**hole. Or all the things you might think in the quiet of your drunken evening are suddenly blasted around the entire world before you wake up."
Referring to one specific tweet which caused a storm of controversy online, he adds, "I mean, when you see, like, Ashton Kutcher coming out going, you know, 'Everybody leave Joe Paterno alone,' or whatever he said, you just go, 'Fifteen minutes longer and a thought process and probably you wouldn't have done that.'"
Kutcher came under fire in 2011 after slamming education officials for sacking the Pennsylvania State University football team head coach amid allegations he failed to take action against assistant Jerry Sandusky, who had been charged with molesting young boys over a 15-year period.
The actor apologised for the irresponsible tweet and removed himself from Twitter, before reinstating his account and handing control of his profile over to his management team.