Now, Carell has revealed that the now-iconic line — a staple in the comedic repertoires of seventh-grade class clowns and fully-grown heterosexual men on first dates alike — was completely improvised.
“He literally said, ‘Just say something,’ and hence came, ‘I ate a big red candle’ and ‘I love lamp,’” Carell said. “The ‘I love lamp’ thing was just me at the end of a scene staring at a lamp and I said, ‘I love lamp’ and Will [Ferrell] picked up on it and said, ‘You’re just saying things you’re looking at.’”
The best part of the experience? That it came with a paycheck.
“And we got paid to do it,” Carell said. “There was a budget and there were cameras, it was insane.”