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Impractical Jokers

From left, the stars of the TruTV show "Impractical Jokers" are Salvatore "Sal" Vulcano, Brian "Q" Quinn, James "Murr" Murray and Joseph "Joe" Gatto.

You know them as Murr, Sal, Joey and Q, stars of the TV show "Impractical Jokers," now in its second season on TruTV.

They will perform March 22 at the Marina Inn, South Sioux City with never-before-seen hidden camera challenges on the big screen, stories from the set that you won't believe, improvisation, live Q & A and more.

These childhood buddies have entertained millions of people for more than a decade, first through their improv and sketch comedy troupe The Tenderloins and now through their television show.

Brian "Q" Quinn, Salvatore "Sal" Vulcano, Joseph "Joe" Gatto and James "Murr" Murray have been entertaining each other for years with the most outlandish dares they could imagine.

Murray is the foursome's most calculating member with what he terms three distinct advantages over the other guys: his disarming grin, his complete lack of what other people call "morals," and his mastery of the art of B.S.

"Impractical Jokers" is in production for its second season and is now looking at Season 3, Murray reported.

"What makes the show work is that we're best friends," he said. "We went to high school together. We know every thing there is to know about each other. So, when people watch the show, it's relateable. We remind them of their own best friends who joke around with each other. They like to watch it week to week because we are close and fun to watch."

Friends may come and go and Murray joked about the longevity of the four guys.

"I often say, 'With friends like these, I need new friends!'" he said. "We're all caught in the same orbit and we can't escape each other."

An alum of Georgetown University, Murray earned a bachelor of arts degree in English.

"My folks suggested maybe I should take some education credits, in case this comedy thing doesn't work out," he said.

Then, the 36-year-old added with a laugh, "They pull me aside today and make the same argument."

But like the characters in the hit musical "Avenue Q," Murray knew what he wanted to do with his English degree.

"I always wanted to do movies or TV, either in front of or behind the camera," he said. "I tried directing, casting, producing and, along the way, I've become an executive producer. I'm kind of a Jekyll/Hyde in the job. During the day, I pitch and sell the TV show. At night, I'm a cable TV star."

Murray explained the audience will get to see a lot of how the cast members put together their television show.

"We shoot a lot of videos you can't see on TV or the Internet," he said "We show those challenges to the audience. We riff about anything and everything."

There's almost a stand-up element to the presentation, Murray added.

"We'll take questions and answers and offer all sorts of advice on relationships, careers, maybe deliver a baby on stage," he said. "We were in Muncie, Ind., and a guy proposed to his wife on stage while we were performing. So I guess we will do everything and anything."

This will be the first time for Q and Sal to visit Siouxland.

"Joe and I drove cross country from California to New York and spent some quality time in Nebraska," Murray shared. "We had some great steaks in Omaha."

And his perception of the Husker Nation?

"Lots of cows. Lots of grass. Lots of power lines," Murray mused.

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