Ah yes, Chumlee. He’s Corey’s, the real village idiot of the show’s, childhood buddy, and was a behind the scenes test and stock boy at the Gold and Silver pawn shop on the Vegas strip in Las Vegas, Nevada. That is, he was a behind the scenes stock and test employee prior to the shops fast track to fame, after airing as a reality show, on national television almost a year ago. As the first episode on July 26th, of 2009, revealed to America, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Especially if you happened to go bust at the tables, and wound up
pawning something of great value, which, you were unable to redeem before you left town.
This is not your average pawn business by any means, as, those who view just one episode of the show aired weekly on the History Channel quickly recognize. The items sold or pawned in the Pawn Stars pawn shop daily, range from super-bowl rings, to thousands of dollars worth of documented, recovered treasures from ancient ship wrecks, and sunken Spanish Galleons. One week of turn-over, across the glass cased counter tops on this show, puts one in mind of Antique Road show, meets Wall street central.
But, who is the true Pawn Star in this weekly televised rating buster? First of all there’s the “Old Man“. Richard Harrison, an ex Navy guy, who opened the shop with his son Rick Harrison, in 1988, portraying the silent partner, ( who not so quietly reminds Rick that he is the old
man) who owns 51% of control and interest of the business, almost every time that the two butt heads over any issue on the show. The old man certainly brings a much deserved, personality of successful entrepreneurship, with a twist of dry vermouth humor to the show.
Then there is Rick Harrison. Rick is the smooth talking, quick thinking poised front man, whose knowledge, and personal lust for collectible, one of a kind rarities, often cause him to over spend the shops money to acquire them. Rick is no stranger when it comes to recognizing counterfeit items of many types, as according to the History Channel sources, he made enough money to buy his partnership end of the business from the old man, by selling counterfeit Gucci handbags until the age of 23. Gambling 911 (Source Document)
Ricks lively personality, and deep soled laughter, keeps the tempo of the show on an even rhythm, while, also helping to make smooth film cut transitions fluent. Undoubtedly, though very knowledgeable in and of his own well-studied ability, and memory recall, much googling is done by Rick, either prior to, or during many of the more exquisite Art, and Artifact transactions.
Next, just below Rick, on the Pawn Stars Totem pole, is “Big Hoss” Harrison’s son, and the Old Mans grandson. Corey, who is supposedly being groomed to one day take over the business, is the epitome of the disrespectful rich kid, who has no respect for his elders, and no idea how big of an operation he stands to inherit, nor what pains taking, hard-working sacrifices it may have cost his grandfather to open and set up over the years.
Still, Corey is next in line to assume the rightful ownership, and managerial position from his dad, one day when, ( judging by the old mans comments) will take place just after pigs fly, or the Old Man dies, as truth be known, Rick himself, will not assume complete responsibility until then, let alone a carefree wise-guy kid, who’d rather be playing video games than working at the shop.
Though the shop employs many other employees not always seen on the show, as it is a 24 hour a day operation, those are the three main characters of the show, and of the shop, for that matter. Oh but, wait, who is the real Pawn Star ?
While taking all the ribbing, and butt-ended jokes in stride, and usually with a witty, comical come back line, Chumlee is without a doubt the true star of this weekly History Channel television series. From the first episode viewed, I knew that Chumlee would be stealing the lime light, and putting a smile in the hearts of all those who would soon be after the show, and now that I am researching the issue to write this review, my first impressions are solidified.
To say that Chumlee, the naïve, not so bright, over weight, butt of all the jokes, fall guy, of this show, is not acting, but actually embracing the character in which truly personifies the real Chum, is probably an under statement. Nonetheless, those same characters, (though I strongly suspect that Chumlee is at least downplaying his own intelligence a bit to fit the role), are the same alluring characteristics, and charm that keep folks coming back each week to see what the lovable poo-bear kid might be getting in to. Seems, my first impression of who would be who, during the first episode that I viewed of this series, have well been realized as being accurate also, in the fact that while studying it further, to write this article, I find that Chumlee, receives more email, fan mail, and even Chain mail than any of the cast on the show.
Simply put, in response to the question, of who is the real Pawn Star on this weekly TV series, by the same name ? I vote Chumlee, hands down. In fact I for one anticipate, eagerly some form of a Chumlee show, in the not so distant future to spring-board from this weekly History Channel reality show. Chumlee personifies everything that a lovable, magnetizing, super-simple-star hero could ever need to exude, to capture the hearts, and draw the ratings from American television viewers, as has been exemplified through out the 70 years of Television history.
In my humble opinion Chumlee rates right up at the top of the list of TV greats, in the whimsical arena. There was howdy doody, who was long before my time, and the little rascals. Then Barney Fife, and Gomer Pile, Granny Clampet, and Yogi bear. Bugs Bunny, Donald Duck, Under-Dawg, That Girl, and Lucille Ball. I dream of Jeannie, and Barney Rubble, many, many more, including last but not least, Gilligans Island, and then, there is Chumlee.
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