At the time, they weren't going well, and he wasn't booking any jobs. He told his agent he didn't want to do them anymore. So his agent came back to him with a better audition -- a pizza commercial.
He didn't want to do that, either, but then his friend Chris Rock suggested he go in to do the audition and just act crazy. He wouldn't get the part, but it would be funny to scare the casting people leading the audition.
James took Rock's advice, and recently told TVGuide.com exactly what his "crazy" audition entailed. And, of course, he got the part.
The moral of the story? "Just take your shirt off."
(Kevin James actually did several spots as a pizza pitchman. Check out one of them here.)
Kevin Can Wait airs Mondays at 8/7c on CBS.