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This Impractical Jokers Prank Almost Got One Cast Member Beat Up

The art of practical jokes played on an unknowing public can sometimes require a safe-cracker's touch. Go too far with these jokes and one risks a hostile reaction, and too little can cause things to fall completely flat. The popular show "Impractical Jokers" follows several friends as they frequent stores and other such public places in order to give each other increasingly crazy demands to not only embarrass themselves but to create absolutely bonkers scenes filled with silliness and absurdity.

Starring Brian Quinn, James Murray, Sal Vulcano, and (until his December 2021 exit) Joe Gatto, "Impractical Jokers" has 10 seasons and over 340 episodes (via IMDb). Some of the more extreme jokes and challenges levied on the "Impractical Jokers" crew have included tossing a chicken finger at a patron's head while the "Jokers" work a restaurant, absconding with autographed baseballs from children, and even playing obscene and pornographic sounds from a laptop in a coffee shop. Considering the shenanigans that the "Impractical Jokers" usually get into, which moment from the show almost saw one of them roughed up by an unwitting bystander?

James Murray is almost assaulted during a joke in a store

For die-hard fans of the show, the scene in question probably has already popped up in their mind's eye, but as a refresher, it comes to us from the 2018 episode, "No Good Deed." This moment sees James Murray at a store, looking through different pairs of clothing. The crew of "Impractical Jokers" gives Murray orders to basically invade a person's personal space by reaching around and over the person, and unfortunately for Murray, the individual is significantly bigger than him.

The scene progresses, and it becomes clear even through the blurred-out face that this person is becoming aggravated by Murray's actions. The "Jokers" give Murray the suggestion to pick up a bra and ask the aforementioned person to try it out so he can see how it looks, but at this point, the prank's target has had enough. The joke victim then gets in Murray's face with several expletives, asking if he thinks he's funny, to which Murray quickly retreats and tries to back away. This causes security to get involved while the "Jokers," from the safety of their booth, ask why the store patron is so angry.

During a webchat discussion of the episode with Sal Vulcano, he said of the experience, "This guy was furious. He waited outside for Murr to come out — a while. Then he left and said he's coming back. He was out for blood, that man." Luckily for Murray, he was able to come out of the interaction relatively unscathed. However, the anonymous individual and star of this guffaw never came around to the joke, judging by the fact that he never signed a release to have his face and voice featured on the famous show.