Rob McElhenney

The American Dream as Nihilism: Why ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ Never Gets Old

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As befitting a comedy staple that’s been on air for a decade, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is an easy show to take for granted, or to reduce to not quite “must see TV” because it plays better in reruns. Part of this is due to its well-trod consistency: every episode follows a similar formula for the demented, self-centered assholes who make up “the gang,” where they get into one scrape or another, jokes upon jokes are made, and then the credits roll. It is not a show with morals or anything close to a one true pairing, which is part of the reason it can just be a show, super funny and pleasurable in half-hour bites.
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The Embarrassing Early TV Commercials of Your Favorite Comic Actors

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Last week, the folks at Gawker did a bit of celebrity archaeology, discovering a 1993 TV ad for the NRA that featured a very young Molly Shannon. The soon-to-be Mary Catherine reached out to the site, emphasizing that she appeared in the spot when she was — direct quote, with emphasis — “A STRUGGLING ACTRESS,” and while we understand her taking pains to separate the spot from her own views, she’s hardly the first future famous funny person whose early work was only humorous in retrospect, and unintentionally. After the jump, we’ve got early commercials by several of our favorite comic actors — all equally embarrassing.
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