At first glance, Chumlee seems like a natural pick to stand amongst the Harrisons. He’s funny, and he has a lot to learn about the pawn business. He functions as the audience surrogate in many instances, asking questions people watching at home would probably have. However, his becoming a prominent component of the show wasn’t always in the cards.
Chumlee talked about how he landed the sweet gig in an interview with The Las Vegas Review-Journal. He went into great detail about what he did, and in what seems like very un-Chumlee-like fashion, he did his homework. “They were making a short episode, and we had about 12 employees at the time,” he explained. “They went through everybody, saying, ‘All right, who’s going to be our fourth member?’ I didn’t watch too much TV, but I decided I’d go watch some TV, some reality shows, and I kind of realized what was missing was the funny part of the show, the whipping boy is what I called it at the time. Someone they could make fun of and laugh with.”
Who knew? Chumlee’s smarter than he lets on in the show.