Best comedy shows are filled with stories of the writers, directors, producers and stars who helped shape their respective careers.
From the original pilot to the finale, they’re filled with tales of the craft, the highs and lows, and the struggles.
But while many of these stories are real, they also have a dark underbelly to them that many creators and stars have struggled with, particularly when it comes to the subjects they portray.
It’s something we’re talking about in a recent article we did for Entertainment Weekly, where we shared the story of the creator of “The Simpsons,” Adam Lambert, who made a name for himself as a sketch-comedy legend in the 90s, before being cast as a comic villain in the upcoming “The Lego Movie.”
“I don’t know what I was doing before I became a movie star, I don’t remember, but when I was on a movie set I was basically just doing a comedy,” Lambert told The Huffington Page in a phone interview.
“I wasn’t really interested in the art.
I was interested in making the jokes.
And I would get all these scripts from guys like Bob Odenkirk, and they would say, ‘Adam, you need to make this funny.’
I was like, ‘Oh, no, no.
You’re not funny.’
It was all just a matter of just writing jokes.””
It was all about the script, and I was just like, Okay, what do I have to say about that?
And I was a bad kid.
I had no sense of humor,” Lambert said.
“And I started thinking, I’ll make this movie.”
Lambert, who now has two films in production, has since gone on to create two critically acclaimed movies that have helped make him a household name: “Sketch Comedy: The Movie” (2014) and “Lamborghini, The Movie.”
Lampard says he wasn’t just writing sketches on his own, but was actually trying to create an art form that would help him in the movie business, which, he says, would eventually help him get his own movie.
“I was trying to find a way to do a comedy, and then to have it be something that would have a more mainstream appeal, something that was more accessible to a broader audience,” Lambert explained.
“So I’m just trying to figure out a way that would be entertaining, and would appeal to a wider audience.”
He was not alone in trying to make the perfect sketch.
As Lambert said, he and his team were trying to build a brand of comedy that was accessible to everyone, including himself.
“A lot of times, when people think of sketch comedy, they think of something like ‘The Simpsons,'” Lambert explained, “and that’s great.
But I think a lot of people have an expectation of it being like, Oh, I want to watch this movie.
You know, this is the best sketch comedy that I’ve ever seen.””
But the fact is, there’s a lot more that goes into it than that.
It can be something really dark and dark humor, or it can be light comedy,” he continued.
“There are moments in the movies where I’m really, really happy because it’s funny.
But it’s just not the same.
There’s a dark side to it.”
Lacuna, the character in “The LEGO Movie,” was inspired by Lambert’s experience.
Lambras parents both died in a car crash when he was a kid.
After a traumatic childhood, he went on to attend a local college, but struggled with depression.
He quit his job to help his parents pay for their funeral, but eventually turned his life around by starting a small arts and crafts business called Lacuna Entertainment.
In 2002, Lambert began writing and directing his first movie, “The Legend of Bagger Vance.”
His goal was to turn his own life into a movie, but the script he was working on was a lot darker and more violent than the one he was directing.
“In a way, that was the first movie that I was trying really hard to make, and that’s kind of how I ended up writing the character of Bagged Vance,” Lambert recalled.
“That’s the character that’s been created for me.”
Lamps movie would later become a hit, but it was the film that helped get Lambert’s first movie made.
The “Lacunas” movie was also the first one he directed that actually made money.
He and his wife had a small business and were living on their own money, but they were able to make a lot from the movie and sold it for a good chunk of their salary.
The movie eventually grossed about $20 million, and Lambert says he was able to go on to make more movies in the same vein, such as “A Monster Calls,” which was a hit with critics and audiences alike.