It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia now has writers that were too young to watch the show when it first started airing.
The sitcom, following a group of friends running a bar, has been running for a mammoth 14 (soon to be 15) seasons, but creator and star Rob McElhenny has admitted that he likes to keep the life-blood of the show rejuvinating, after some sage advice from Danny DeVito.
In the words of Regina George’s mother: ‘You girls keep me young, oh I love you so much.’
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, McElhenny revealed that he’s committed to keeping It’s Always Sunny’s comedy relevant, and follows the advice that DeVito gave him when he first came onto the show in its second season, when he asked for advice on how to say a line.
‘He said, “you’re the young person, and the reason I signed on to this show was because I want to stay fresh and relevant, and if I don’t, then I’m just going to become a dinosaur,”‘ McElhenny revealed. ‘That was a real learning experience for me. And as I continued to make that show and then others, I’ve surrounded myself with young people.
‘In my writers room right now on Sunny, I have people who were not allowed to watch the show when it first aired. That’s the truth! I will go out and find 20-, 21-, 22-year-old people with all different backgrounds, and it’s not from some altruistic or pandering point of view, it’s that it’s going to make the show better, and I don’t want to be a dinosaur.’
He continued: ‘I want them to help guide me and show me what’s not only funny but what’s relevant, what’s changing, how is it changing, and how can we continue to be on the cutting edge because I’m now the Danny DeVito saying, “What’s funny, kids? Because we’ve got an empty whiteboard, and I don’t want to f**k it up.”‘
We also know that the show will be continuing its long-run of twisted humour when it returns for its 15th season, which will be tackling the topic of coronavirus.
Rob told NME: ‘We actually do have an episode called The Gang Gets Quarantined where we quarantine ourselves in the bar.
‘I think there’s a big flu going around Philadelphia or something like that. When we come back, don’t worry, we will address all this in the way only Sunny can!’
No-one understands the intricacies of lockdown like the kids, so we’re sure the episode will slap.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is available to stream via Netflix.
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