Q&A with 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's' Glenn Howerton

The new season of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” is going to be lethal.

The subversive show, which branched out last year with a touring musical, returns tonight for its sixth season. Writer, co-creator and star Glenn Howerton, 34, has revealed that the crew at Paddy’s Pub shot a Part 5 to “Lethal Weapon” starring his character, Dennis, and Mac (Rob McElhenney).

amNewYork spoke with Howerton about the show.


Who plays whom? [Mac is] playing Riggs and I’m playing Murtaugh. Halfway through the movie, we switch roles because Mac insists that Murtaugh be played in blackface in order to do … justice to the character and to Danny Glover’s performance.

How do you get away with showing that? We never do it for the sake of being un-P.C. What’s funny about it is the discussion behind that. How do we get to a character thinking it’s OK to perform something in blackface?

Has the show helped your career? It has and it hasn’t done a lot for our careers. I think there’s a certain amount of respect within the Hollywood community for what we do, ... but for some reason we also get completely ignored by the Emmys.

Why do you think that is? I don’t know why that is. It’s a f---ing weird popularity contest. It’s like high school. You might be the funniest, most talented guy at the school, but some f---ing a------ comes along, pops his collar and all of the sudden he’s popular. We had to bite and scratch and claw for every single thing that we’ve gotten.

What is it like when you visit Philly? Philly … has really, really embraced the show. And our show is really a strange microcosm of what it’s like to ... have Philly be your hometown.

How’s that? Because Philly is such an awesome town. And yet it’s such a blue-collar, underdog city that everybody forgets about. Nobody talks about Philly they way they talk about New York. If “Glee” were a city, it would be New York. And if our show were a city, it would be “Philly.”

Who would win in a musical battle between “Glee” and “Sunny”? If it were a battle of the bands and 100 people were in the audience, 90 people would vote for “Glee” and the other 10 would f---ing be screaming and shouting in anger that we didn’t win that contest. I wouldn’t have it any other way.


The sixth-season premiere of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” airs Thursday night at 10 on FX.


Tags: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia , Lethal Weapon , Glee , Philadelphia , New York City , Emmys , Danny Glover , Riggs , Murtaugh , Rob McElhenney

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