[07/27/08 - 10:30 AM]
Live at the San Diego Comic-Con: "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"
By Brian Ford Sullivan (TFC)

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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

The panel's description: "The FX hit comedy series It�s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is coming to the Con. See an unaired episode from the upcoming season followed by a panel discussion featuring series stars Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton, Charlie Day, Kaitlin Olson, and director Fred Savage. The panel will be moderated by Damon Lindelof, creator/executive producer of Lost. Attendees of the screening and panel have the chance to win one of thousands of prizes."

10:30 AM - Hey it's our final day of the Con. To kick things off we're being shown an upcoming episode "Mac and Dennis: Manhunters."

10:53 AM - In short - Mac and Dennis think it would be fun to hunt human begins, in this case, Cricket. Meanwhile, to punish Dee and Charlie for eating his meat stockpile he tells them it was human. Now they think they are cannibals.

10:55 AM - Our moderator Damon Lindelof goes through the 25 odd taboos the show has touched on - adding now cannibalism - and introduces co-creators Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton and Charlie Day!

10:57 AM - Rob says the show's origins start with a scene he wrote in which a man goes to borrow a cup of sugar from his neighbor, who in turns tells him he has cancer. But instead of feeling bad, he just wants his sugar.

10:59 AM - Glenn's only similarity to his character - he's always taking his shirt off.

11:03 AM - On why Kaitlin couldn't make it - she was experiementing with some cheerleading moves and now she has to wear a back brace. She really is the Aluminum Monster it seems.

11:05 AM - At the end of season one FX asked if they'd be open to adding a higher profile name to help boost the ratings: enter Danny DeVito.

11:07 AM - Charlie on working with Mary Elizabeth Ellis, who plays "the waitress" in the show: "I'm used to it...a lot of people find me disgusting." Adding that she's actually his wife.

11:08 AM - Rob says this is the first year they've had a full-fleged writing staff.

11:10 AM - Glenn notes that despite the show's insanity they try to make sure the character's legitimately believe in what they are doing. "We don't want to sell the characters out just do something funny," Rob adds.

11:13 AM - Glenn on the characters: "They have to be friends with each other because nobody else will."

11:14 AM - Charlie on why people like the show: "Because other shows suck... not all of them. 'Lost' is great."

11:15 AM - Rob says he's available to reprise his guest starring role on "Lost," but worries he's dead. "Nobody dies on that fucking show," Damon jokes.

11:16 AM - The guys give a heartfelt thanks to the fans for supporting the show. Someone shouts to Glenn: "Now take your shirt off."

11:17 AM - A fan asks if any of the show's plots are inspired by their own lives: "I can't imagine anybody's life being like these people's," Glenn notes.

11:18 AM - Rob on Dee's "Aluminum Monster" backstory: "We had to find a reason to keep this incredibly attractive woman in this bar." Adding (paraphrased), "We made her broken."

11:19 AM - Rob/Glenn on their taboo subjects: "We aren't saying abortion's funny, we're saying going to an abortion rally to pick up chicks is funny."

11:20 AM - Damon gives a shout out to the attending Fred Savage. "We teabagged him," Charlie says about how he got involved with the show. "And he didn't do anything about it so we said, 'You got the job Kevin Arnold.'"

11:22 AM - "Do it yourself," Rob says to an aspiring filmmaker. "All it takes is a couple people in a room talking to each other."

11:23 AM - An upcoming episode: the gang goes to the historical society to make their bar part of the historical walk but they have to prove it's historical significance. It features a flashback to the bar on July 3, 1776.

11:24 AM - A fan asks for a rendition of "The Night Man." The gang obiliges.

11:25 AM - That's all folks! We hope you've enjoyed this year's coverage. See you next year!

  [july 2008]  


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