The Sound of Young America: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s Rob McElhenney and Glenn Howerton

Episode 136

9th September 2010

Rob McElhenney created It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. He plays “Mac” on the show. Glenn Howerton plays Dennis on the show, and helps write and produce it.

Episode notes

Rob McElhenney had a short film idea. He roped his friends into helping him film it, and soon it was a sitcom pilot. They took that pilot to FX, and the result was It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. McElhenney, who stars on the show as Mac, is our guest on The Sound, along with one of the buddies he roped into the whole affair, Glenn Howerton. Howerton plays Dennis, and along with their third co-conspirator, Charlie Day, helps write and produce the show.

McElhennye and Howerton talked to us about creating the show without a budget – only a few cameras and some digital video tape. They also explain why people love a set of characters who consistently behave like rude, cruel children. Also: Danny DeVito Limoncello is discussed.

The show returns for FX for its sixth season on September 16th.

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  • Rob McElhenney
  • Glenn Howerton

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