1 – No, I don’t talk that way in real life.
2 – Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady. I’d read for the Big Bang Theory a few times before the Kripke audition (including two auditions for Leonard – there’s an alternate cosmology out there where I’m Leonard and Kevin Sussman is Sheldon. DID I JUST BLOW YOUR MIND?) I played Kripke as the arrogant prick you see before you, and Chuck felt (wisely, I might add) that he needed some vulnerability. He suggested a speech impediment. Bill Prady (who was also in the room, as was Lee Aronsohn) suggested a liquid ‘l’ – ‘like Brokaw.’ What came out of my mouth was a horrible Elmer Fudd pastiche. Chuck laughed. I got the job.
3 – Good question. No, the impediment is not written into the script, I transpose it on my own.
4 – He does have a doctorate. Howard (and Penny, natch) is the only one without a doctorate. In an upcoming episode he is finally referred to as Doctor Kripke.
5 – No. None of them. There is not a genuine nerd on the show (maybe Mayim, who has a PhD. in neuroscience). They know very little about comic books, and Kunal is an exemplary –exEMPlary — athlete. They will tell you that “Well, you know, we were all drama nerds in high school, so we know what it was like to be a nerd” conveniently forgetting that drama nerds, if they play their cards right, can get LAID ALL THE TIME.
6 – I don’t have a favorite. If pressed, I’d say the karaoke episode, because even though I’m not very good at it, I do love to sing.
7 –Kripke is NOT named for Eric Kripke, creator of Supernatural. He is named for Saul Kripke, a CUNY logic professor. I do not really understand his work, but here, you give it a try. Good luck. If you can figure it out and dumb it down for me, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
8-I never know when I’m gonna be on next or even if I’m gonna be on next. Don’t ask. I will let you know. I can say this: I’m working this week, and unless I’m written out, it will air in a couple weeks.
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