Think you know everything there is to know about The Big Bang Theory? Think again. During a recent screening event, creators Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, showrunner Steve Molaro and recurring guest star Bob Newhart dished details that even the biggest Big Bang fans might not know. Check out six fun facts you didn’t know you didn’t know!
1. The origin of 'Bazinga' involves a grapefruit.
Former Big Bang Theory writer Stephen Engel used to say “Bazinga” as “I got you” as part of a recurring joke involving a half-eaten, taped-together grapefruit in the writer’s room. The catchphrase caught on so much so that another writer suggested they incorporate into the show. The rest is history.
2. The Big Bang Theory has fans in Borneo.
During a trip to Borneo, Chuck Lorre had to give his ID to a hotel clerk who looked at the name on his ID, looked up at him and simply said, “The Big Bang Theory.”
3. A Big Bang Theory 'Red Wedding' is on the horizon?
Not so fast. Despite Bill Prady teasing about having a 'Red Wedding' themed episode in the works, Lorre jokingly conceded that The Big Bang Theory, “can’t compete with Game of Thrones.”
4. An on-set superstition exists.
There may not be an on-set ritual at The Big Bang Theory studio but “I brought in a terrible superstition,” Chuck Lorre admitted. “I once said that it’s bad luck for me to sit in a chair with my name on it. And Bill and Steve have decided that that’s true.”
5. The future of series is unknown… literally.
Despite its recent three-season pickup, the creators and producers have “no master plan.” Showrunner Steve Molaro thinks that “it’s great that some characters have barely spoken and we are 7 years in,” saying, “I’m excited about possibilities for the future.” But all parties agreed about Lorre's response to a question regarding the storyline for next season saying, “we don’t even have next week.”
6. Professor Proton = Jiminy Cricket
Bob Newhart’s character, Professor Proton is “integral to the series,” revealed Chuck Lorre. “He’s Sheldon’s mentor and guide.”
For more clarity about factoid number six, tune into the episode airing on May 1st, “The Proton Transmogrification.”