Darren Sharper has been a pretty fortunate person throughout his 14-year NFL career. He's been named to five Pro Bowls, holds the single-season record for interception return yardage and snagged a Super Bowl ring with the Saints.
And yet somehow, the New Orleans safety makes a pretty convincing unfortunate guy as well.
Sharper stars in the fifth installment of "A Series of Unfortunate People," a weekly comedy webseries hosted on Dailymotion.com and created by Workingbug.com. The episode, titled "Punchline," is a rare foray into comedy for the All-Pro Saint known more for his exploits on a football field than on the set.
As Isaac, Sharper suffers from Inappropriate Sense of Humor, or ISOH, a condition that causes him to dance with pink underwear on his head, question another character's manhood with mini hotdogs and laud a questionable Discovery Channel show.
"I had a couple different options of characters to choose from, I picked him because he was similar to myself," said Sharper, who claimed to receive inspiration from a few friends afflicted with ISOH. "He's making smart comments, trying to be a comedian at the wrong time."
The appearance, Sharper hopes, will help open doors to future comedic ventures for the man who once did stand-up in college, especially once his illustrious playing career wraps up.
"It's a tough business, similar to the NFL, in terms of someone trying to be the next big comedian," he said. "You always have to be working, always honing yours kills, taking classes, learning the new stuff that's coming up, any new roles you have the opportunity to do. It's a tough job. I really got a lot of respect for professional actors."
Despite the natural way he spews vulgarity or gives a sly thumbs-up after a particularly jarring insult, Sharper makes a point of distinguishing between the football player and the ISOH sufferer.
"When you're doing that you're in a different world," he said. "You're not the football player, even though you're always representing the league. It's a different form, in a different world when you're doing comedy."