‘Pawn Stars’: 13 Things You Didn’t Know About Chumlee, Rick And Corey

The back room of the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop looks exactly as “Pawn Stars” fans might expect, with one very notable exception: one massive wall is lined, floor to ceiling, with boxes and boxes (and boxes) of t-shirts. Since the debut of the hugely popular reality show “Pawn Stars” (Mondays at 10 p.m. ET on History) in 2009, it seems everyone wants to walk around with images of fan favorite Chumlee emblazoned across their chests.

He’s the resident clown of the most famous little pawn shop on Las Vegas Boulevard and has become an unlikely pop culture icon, with sales of all Chumlee-related merchandise far surpassing everyone else’s. Rick Harrison, the affable pawnbroker who anchors the show, has his own theory that might explain Chumlee’s mass appeal: “Kids love Chumlee because he’s the adult that they’re smarter than,” he quipped with a laugh to The Huffington Post at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas.

Rick’s son Corey, another fixture on the show, agrees. “People love to see that a guy like Chumlee made it,” he said. “Everybody loves an underdog.”

The beloved show has attracted a loyal audience that spans multiple demographics. People tune in to see everything from what kind of rare artifacts will come through the door to what sassy new insult The Old Man has in store for Chumlee. “He talks like he’s in the Navy,” said Chumlee of the Old Man’s frequent barbs directed towards him.

As we dive into the sixth season, we’ve compiled a list of 13 things you probably didn’t know about the “Pawn Stars” with a little help from Rick, Corey, Chumlee and Rick’s book, “License to Pawn.” (Sadly, The Old Man wasn’t around during our visit.)

1. “Pawn Stars” is the no. 2 most-watched reality show in North America. (“Jersey Shore” holds the top spot.)

2. The guys can’t actually work the counter anymore because of privacy laws. Since they’ve become celebrities, people are constantly taking pictures of them, compromising the privacy of whoever’s at the pawn counter. “Now I’ll meet a guy in the hallway,” said Corey.

3. PBS did a documentary on Rick and the shop in 2001. “I’ve always been a media whore,” Rick said, laughing. When business spiked after the special aired, Rick started to shop the idea of a TV show around. HBO expressed interest early on and even developed a pilot, but their focus was on the more depressing side of the pawn business, which wasn’t the angle Rick wanted to pursue.

4. Corey and Chumlee have personal assistants now. “I do a lot of desert racing. My assistant empties out the septic tank of the trailer when I go! It’s a little weird asking somebody to do that for you,” said Corey with a laugh.

5. Chumlee’s done a lot of dumb things on camera, but his dumbest move of all time (according to Corey) happened before the show’s inception. After someone came in to pawn a stand-up bass, Chumlee leaned it against a shelf and walked away. The bass fell and shattered into pieces. Chumlee put the pieces into a box, and put the pawn number on the box. When the man came to pick it up, he opened the box and saw his bass in pieces. “He started freaking out,” Corey recalled. “He pawned it for $700, and it wound up costing us $20,000 because it turned out to be rare.” Chumlee, for his part, can’t explain his actions. “I don’t know what I was thinking,” he said.

6. Rick has always been a serial entrepreneur. At one point, he even bought a Quizno’s franchise that Corey and Chumlee ran together.

7. Corey’s brother Adam used to work at the shop, too — but you’re probably not going to see him on the show anytime soon. “Most likely not. He’s a plumber now,” Corey said. Is Adam envious of Corey’s newfound fame? “I think there has to be some type of jealousy,” Corey mused.

8. The most dangerous thing Chumlee has ever tested? One of the blunderbusses. “A flame shot out, and I did get burned up my arm,” Chumlee recalled.

9. “Pawn Stars” was originally set to be called “Pawning History,” until someone at the production company threw out its current name.

10. “Pawn Stars” has become an international phenomenon, airing in dozens of countries around the world, from Singapore to Serbia. Fun fact: In Germany, the show is called “Die Drei vom Pfandhaus” (“The Three of the Pawnshop”).

11. Chumlee has pretty awesome taste in TV shows: He doesn’t miss “Boardwalk Empire,” “Sons of Anarchy” or “Breaking Bad.” Rick, on the other hand, would rather be reading. “Television is so mind-numbing to me,” he said.

12. Jon Bon Jovi once requested to meet the guys. “We went to his meet n’ greet to meet his kids because they wanted a picture with us,” said Chumlee. “He gave us front row tickets. That was pretty cool. When does Bon Jovi personally invite you to his show?”

13. Since the show debuted, Rick gets shooed away from a lot of garage sales and swap meets because people are worried about his shrewd negotiating skills. “Last year I stopped by a yard sale and asked a lady about a painting,” he said. “She recognized who I was and took it away and said, ‘It’s not for sale!’ [Laughs.]

-Huffington Post

17 Comments

  1. Are the employees you see on background shots actually there when cameras aren’t shooting. I noticed as well is the shop closed on days of shooting My wife and I will be in Vegas Jan 19-22 and want tl visit the store. Will it be open then or will there be a shoot going on?

  2. My husnand and, myself watch Pawn Stars every chacce we get. I absolutely love this show. Every night I ask my husband to look and, see if Pawn Stars are on. We learn alot by watching the show and, definetly laugh alot. One of my favorite shows is whe Chumblee bought that car, had it fixed up and, took the old man for a ride. That was sure a HOOT. Keep up the good work guys I look forward to watching many more shows. Take Care Fran.

  3. Wow, what a great show. I don’t watch reality shows ever, but my daughter turned me on to you guys. It’s refreshing to see the honesty and knowledge from all you guys (even Chum). I look forward to every new episode, but watch a lot of repeats. I love the way you incorporate Danny (Counting cars), rick (ricks restorations) into the show. I got to say, I love Rick, but the Old Man is my favorite. The experts you bring in are riviting. Keep up the great work, and I believe the reason your so popular is the honesty and the way you treat your customers

  4. I love the show but I really don’t see Chumlee as someone you would want as a representative of the show. I recently saw him with short hair and was amazed at how much better he looked. Most of the time his hair looks dirty, greasy and straggly. I still watch it because of Rick’s personality (I love his laugh), and Corey’s love of his family and his friend Chumlee, like an adopted puppy. I love Corey’s smile. The Old Man is the Old Man…what can I say.

  5. We watch Pawn Stars via Foxtel in Adelaide South Australia every evening and next to WWE its one of our favourite shows. I do not know how Rick and the Older man keep their cool with Chumlee and Corey sometimes. There must be times when the customers are not as nice and polite as shown on the show. I wonder how they would be dealt with????

  6. My question is this:
    what is the relationships between Rick, Corey, and Chumlee? I believe Corey is Rick’s son and Rick
    Is Old Man’s son, so tht leaves Chumlee….who is Chumlee’s dad? Or is my information completely wrong, lol, and
    the relationships are all different? Thank You!

    • You are correct about Rick and Corey. Chumlee is Corey’s best friend for the last 15 years.

  7. I watch the show in UK , and watched some of the episodes several times, I will be in Las Vegas for CES in January, I am disappointed that the boys are not working on the front counter , as I was planing to bring some rare coins to see what are they worth!
    I still would like to come and see the shop.

    Thanks

  8. I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEEEEEE Pawn Stars every chance I get I watch it!!! IT’S SOOO COOOOOOOL! I LOVE READING TOO! My sister and I have MASSIVE fights over the remote and the T.V when it’s on. SOOO COOL!!

  9. I am so grateful to read this such a wonderful post. Thank you for discussing this great topic.

  10. hola familia os veo todos los dias desde españa en concreto desde jerez de la frontera (sherry)me haceis mucho reier y me lo paso bien con ustedes saludos a todos y gracias por estar ahi

  11. this is the best most entertaining show on t v watch it all the time..the old man is ignerant but funny..keep it going please dont stop it

  12. Are the experts called called in to verify objects paid?

  13. I watch pawn stars every time its on. I watch the show for Corey. I love his smile and everything about him. I love you Corey!

  14. i watch in Portugal. one of the best and most entertaining. OBRIGADO

    com as dobragens da treta é que é insuportavel.

  15. hello im have a picture wood huyes 1951 1978 ohio state i want to know how much is work please let me know i want to sale the piture

  16. What does Corey use in his hair I’ve always wonderd

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