The Creator Of TBBT Shares The Secrets Behind His Success In The Comedy Industry

The Creator Of TBBT Shares The Secrets Behind His Success In The Comedy Industry

By Brock Swinson | Monday Monday Staff -    2018-01-24    2 min read

”If you don’t know his name, you definitely know his work,” said the Entertainment Tonight announcer. In a recent news segment, The Big Bang Theory creator Chuck Lorre shared the secret to his comedy empire.

The Big Bang Theory Cast | Photo Credit Google

As a writer, Chuck Lorre has worked on shows like My Two Dads, Roseanne, Grace Under Fire, Cybill, Dharma & Greg, Two and a Half Men, Mike & Molly, Disjointed, Young Sheldon, Mom, and of course, The Big Bang Theory.

“Chuck changed my life very distinctly be being in the room when I auditioned,” said Sheldon Cooper actor Jim Parsons.

Billy Gardell Talks About Chuck Lorre’s Influence

Mike & Molly | Photo Credit CBS

“He has a tremendous eye for what works,” said Mike & Molly star Billy Gardell. “And he’s fearless to try it.” This includes the raunchiness of Two and a Half Men, the first pot distillery series with Disjointed, or putting a bunch of nerds on the same show in The Big Bang Theory.

Amidst the success, there was some trouble with Two and a Half Men, which revolved around Charlie Sheen. The creators decided to bring in Ashton Kutcher (That 70’s Show) to round out the comedy.

“I was terrified to do this show and Chuck talked me into it,” said Gardell and his co-starring role with Melissa McCarthy.

The Secret To Massive Success In Any Industry

Chuck Lorre said he never envisioned this level of success (somewhere around $700 million net worth). “The hope was to pay off the credit cards. Get health insurance. Much lower expectations,” said Chuck Lorre. Before TV, he actually wrote the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme song while working in the music industry.

Essentially, the secret formula to his success is hidden within these interviews. First of all, he’s not afraid to take chances. This could mean writing a series about an obese couple working to get better (Mike & Molly) or creating a series about an alcoholic mother-daughter combo (Mom).

Then, he works in a way where he doesn’t care about the money. Sure, he’s got a boatload now, but he started with simple goals in mind. Then, he just repeated the formula over and over until something worked. Everyone has failures but the point is to keep moving forward and use what you have.

In this case, that meant an eye for what works and a fearless mentality.

Which Chuck Lorre show is your absolute favorite of all time?

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Brock Swinson

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Brock Swinson is a contributor at MMN, Airows, and Creative Screenwriting Magazine. He is also the author of 'How Hollywood Screenwriters Annihilate Writer's Block,' which includes advice from Aaron Sorkin, William Monahan, and Cary Fukunaga. Get it for free or listen to interviews at the "Creative Principles with Brock Swinson" podcast on the website above.

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