NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15:  Comedian James Murray attends Apple Store Soho Presents Meet The Impractical Jokers at Apple Store Soho on February 15, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
TV - Movies
James Murray
Admits This
Impractical Jokers
Spin-Off Was A
Total Cash Grab
Since premiering in 2011, "Impractical Jokers" has launched a mini-empire of sorts and has been a boon financially for its four Jokers — James "Murr" Murray, Brian "Q" Quinn, Sal Vulcano, and Joe Gatto. In early 2020, they extended their singular vision towards the big screen with "Impractical Jokers: The Movie," followed by a number of spinoff series.
On the sadistic "Hot Ones" spinoff "Truth or Dab," James Murray admitted that one of the spinoff series — "Inside Jokes" — was an attempt to line their pockets. Unlike the other spinoffs, which required new bits, analysis, and commentary, "Inside Jokes" simply plays replays of classic episodes with added text bubbles of behind-the-scenes stories and fun facts.
It's no surprise that "Inside Jokes" was easy money for the Jokers. Still, Murr insists that he didn't mean to spill the beans about the biggest "Impractical Jokers" cash grab. "In my defense, I didn't know what 'for the bag' meant," the Joker said. "Inside Jokes" is just one spinoff in a list that also includes "After Party," "Dinner Party," and the short-lived "Jokers Wild."