IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA Panel – Comic Con 2008

     July 29, 2008




Written by Kenny Fischer

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is the funniest show on television. I’ve said it. Your friends have said it. All the classy critics have said it. And now Damon Lindeloff says it. I understood when you ignored me, your friends, and the critics…but this is Damon Lindeloff. He’s the showrunner on Lost, dude. Lost. So, if you’re one of the few, or many, people reading the following article that haven’t started watching the show…

…set your Tivos to kill.

Sunday, AKA “the day where you’re the most exhausted and hungover,” is usually the day I where sleep in and skip half the panels, but Sunny was at 10:30 A.M. I wasn’t going to miss that. I wasn’t sure what I was getting into, but I knew Mr. Lindeloff was moderating and the three guys, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney, and Charlie Day were going to be there. After showing us the trailer for Twilight for no reason, and I was happy when a lot of people laughed and applauded when I booed the shit out of it, some guy from FX came out to let us know we were going to see what I assumed was the season premiere.

Now I know the Heroes fans, who are like wives that keep coming back to their abusive husbands, were stoked when they were unexpectedly shown the season premiere of that show, but what we saw was actual magic, “Mac and Dennis: Manhunters.” Now, this was not a nod to Michael Mann’s synthtastic film from the ’80s, this is the It’s Always Sunny riff on The Most Dangerous Game. In a typically hilarious teaser, Mac and Dennis decide hunting animals is for pussies. They have a better idea, they’re going to hunt a human being. Without giving away too many spoilers, I’ll just say Mac and Dennis give that a shot, Charlie and Dee deal with cannibalism, and Frank mistakes First Blood for his actual past. After seeing this you’ll wish Danny DeVito played Rambo.

It’s one of the “bigger episodes” but it’s funny as hell. The audience dug it. Afterwards, Damon introduced the three guys and they came out. The rest of the panel consisted of them fucking around, with one simple earnest moment. They seemed very grateful and shocked that they had that many people show up to see the show. When you create a show like this you work in a vacuum and it seemed nice to see it with an enthusiastic crowd. And even I was surprised by how many people showed up. The Chuck panel had a third as many people and that’s an NBC show!

It wasn’t informative but it was very funny. Damon told Charlie it was clear that the waitress on the show isn’t acting whenever she’s repulsed by his character, and the obvious joke he’s setting up is that they’re married in real life. But Charlie’s a genius and he turned it on him. He said, “Well, she’s actually my wife, but it’s an arranged marriage.” They also told a great story about Fred Savage, a producer and director on the show, responding to Charlie’s idea for the end of the episode we saw. Savage listened to what he had to say and then asked him a simple question, “Why do you hate comedy?” Gold. I wish Danny and Mr. Savage had been up there, but it was still the funniest panel I saw all week.

Go watch the show. Buy the DVDs. Netflix them. FX has the guys tied down for 7 seasons. There’s a lot of awesome on the way.



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