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Floyd County

December 4, 2008

Bash brothers: New Albany siblings Craig and Paul Pumphrey tear way to fame

New Albany police officer Craig Pumphrey destroys cars with his bare hands.

But he doesn’t do it just for kicks. Pumphrey and his brother Paul are stars of the new G4 network television show “Human Wrecking Balls,” which airs at 10:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

The premise of the show is two men doing the unthinkable: Tearing up the seemingly indestructible with just their hands, shoulders and legs. They annihilate homes, cars and even airplanes throughout a 10-episode season.

The show starts with an expert explaining the precision and sheer volume of the objects that face the wrath of the Pumphreys, citing how the feats they will accomplish are basically impossible.

Then the brothers, who were born and raised in New Albany, get down to the business of proving the experts wrong one blow at a time.

The Pumphreys have been “doing stuff like this around New Albany for years,” said Craig Pumphrey, who holds world records for professional breaking.

He’s also a martial arts specialist and a seven-year veteran of the New Albany Police Department.

Approached by a production company for their talents, Craig Pumphrey explained to the agency they could definitely do something out of the box for a television show.

“We told them we can walk out in the parking lot and totally destroy your car if you want,” he said.

And they did. While not technically the producer’s car, an older vehicle was demolished by the brothers instead. A camera crew came to New Albany to shoot the carnage.

Craig Pumphrey said it took about 45 minutes and with the successful destruction, the brothers were on their way to having a TV show.

“Right now everything is going extremely well. We have the highest-rated show on the G4 network,” he said.

The fifth episode will air Wednesday and the brothers are hopeful to be signed for another season. The programs are based in Los Angeles, but Craig Pumphrey said next season could feature the brothers traveling to the homes of different viewers for good, clean, destructive fun.

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