Chuck Lorre's creates his 600th Vanity Card to celebrate the end of 'The Big Bang Theory'
Lorre has devoted exactly one second of airtime per show to expressing his deepest thoughts at the end of the credits on his now-infamous vanity cards.
'The Big Bang Theory' had a very special ending after its episode on Thursday. Comedy hitmaker Chuck Lorre celebrated his 600th vanity card for the end of the sitcom. Apart from TBBT, the vanity card which has a version titled 600 B, will be aired after 'Young Sheldon' and 'Mom'. The first vanity card depicts a very happy Jim Parsons as Sheldon in TBBT, along with Kathy Bates who plays his mother-in-law Mrs Fowler. The actress of Lorre’s 'Disjointed' plays Amy’s (Mayim Bialik) mother in last season’s finale. She took over this role that was originated by Annie O’Donnell. Lorre's card has a caption saying, 'Sheldon and Old Lady Green Beans'.
For more than 20 years, and on his six popular broadcast sitcoms — 'The Big Bang Theory', 'Two and a Half Men', 'Mom', 'Young Sheldon', 'Mike & Molly' and 'Dharma & Greg' — Lorre has devoted exactly one second of airtime per show to expressing his deepest thoughts at the end of the credits on his now-infamous vanity cards. He has even created a website where the entire collection can be viewed online at.
Lorre compiled select cards into a book, released in 2012, titled 'What Doesn’t Kill Us Makes Us Bitter. Proceeds from the sales of the book benefited many healthcare–related charities and educational efforts, including the Venice Family Clinic.
Here’s the full text of Lorre's Vanity Card No. 600 B, that runs after 'Young Sheldon' and 'Mom'
'As I write this, my six hundredth vanity card, I find myself fantasizing about a time, far in the future, when my cards have inexplicably become the scriptural basis for a new religion. Like in the classic sci-fi novel A Canticle For Leibowitz, each card would be studied, pondered and argued over by hermetic monks who fervently believe them to be documents of divine origin. In this imagined future, chaste and smelly men in threadbare woolen robes happily devote their entire lives trying to understand the entirely not esoteric words of me. And this would go on for thousands of years. Generation after generation of completely misguided wisdom seekers would write treatises on pointless essays that I wrote in a hurry (like this one). Even this card, which debunks the entire notion that there is anything of value in the previous five hundred and ninety-nine cards, would be analyzed for clues. And best of all, when no mountaintop epiphany occurs, when no transcendent revelation rips through their consciousness, my spiritual descendants, my acolytes would still believe. Because to acknowledge they’d been misled or fooled would be unthinkable. As a general rule, people prefer to be blind than stupid. So yeah, that’s my fantasy. And while I admit it betrays some wild-ass hubris on my part, I don’t see any real harm in it. Heck, in a world of infinite possibilities, where fiction and worship are often two sides of the same shekel, it could even happen. But in the meantime, this is my six hundredth vanity card. I wish it was better. Maybe in the future, it will be.
'The Big Bang Theory' airs Thursdays at 8 pm on CBS. 'Young Sheldon', currently in its second season, airs Thursdays at 8:30 pm on CBS. 'Mom', now in its sixth season, airs Thursdays at 9 pm on CBS. And Lorre's upcoming series, 'The Kominsky Method' premieres on Friday, November 16, on Netflix.