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Nerdist Podcast: Rob McElhenney and Glenn Howerton
Episode 643: Nerdist Podcast
Rob McElhenney and Glenn Howerton
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Nerdist Podcast: Rob McElhenney and Glenn Howerton

Glenn Howerton and Rob McElhenney from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia chat with Chris and Jonah about how they balance making a TV show and having kids, how their senses of humor complement each other, and creating a TV show based on characters and not premise. They also talk about getting Danny DeVito on the show, the many other projects they are working on, and the new season of Always Sunny!

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  1. Andrew J. Smithson says:

    Chris Hardwick built this huge amazing fucking thing, and as far as I’m concerned he’s Radiohead, he can do whatever the hell he wants on his podcast & I will be happy & thankful he still does it (YES, FOR FREE!) at all. I even give him a pass on being wildly off on how many seasons It’s Always Sunny has gone, because dude is too busy to know the kind of shit a loser like me invariably takes for granted. I get the trolling thing, it’s fun for dickheads, and all dickheads need their fun…just go do it somewhere else. There’s a lot of stuff to complain about out there, the Nerdist podcast shouldn’t be one of them. Christ, I mean, really, dickheads? I even feel a bit knobbish for taking the time to admonish people who don’t deserve a second thought, but I just had two cups of coffee. Cheers x

  2. Tim says:

    Man, Robs M’s got some really great stories and insights…  this is one of the better podcasts I’ve heard.  …except it’s on WTF, and not Nerdist.  wtf indeed…

  3. Thomas says:

    Open-ended endings rule you sillys. Also, the ending of Breaking Bad sucks.

  4. c4rr13r says:

    Am I the only one who appreciates Jonah’s wide-stance in this photo?

  5. Pumpkinale says:

    I am so lucky that I came to this late, cause now I get to binge with hours of these straight!!! This is probably the n-th episode I’ve heard the AWESOME guest say, “are we…is this happening?” after they’ve already begun talking.Hilarious. Love it, Love you guys!

  6. IngSocBob says:

    So Chris I have to ask, what part of the title “True Detective” screamed supernatural??? It has True in it!!! I don’t see where the writers or director gave you any indication there was something supernatural going on with the killer.  Did you think the killer in “Se7en” was literally being told to kill by god too?

  7. paco siffredi says:

    Man I love these guys… wish they had their own podcast.  …and included Charlie & Kaitlin too.   & Danny & Mary Elizabeth.  They could even make it a video podcast…   and then, I guess, call it Always Sunny in Philadelphia…  oh. 

  8. Nikki says:

    The alternate universe rules being applied to Sunny would have to be true, or the characters would long be in jail by now lol——“Is Danny Tyrion?” Chris you are bad!! hah

  9. DX says:

    I would be interested in the trailer of a “method” actor like Daniel Day Lewis, for hilarious stories about the lengths (and cracks along the way) of their efforts. 

  10. Arabrabbra says:

    Best ending to a podcast EVER

  11. Shealyndj says:

    Speaking of things being left open ended…I was literally leaning into the epi as it was coming to an end waiting for someone to say “Enjoy your burrito”. I’m just gonna assume this is a 2 part episode and therefore isnt actually over and thats why EYB was not said.

  12. Kyle says:

    Glenn’s story about how he got back ON caffeine is the same exact play-by-play on how I started smoking again after quitting for 13 months. You feel great and in control but then one day you decide ‘Eh, what the hell why not’ …

  13. Dcoil03 says:

    Great, you guys didn’t close the loop by telling us to enjoy our burritos, and now Rob and Glenn are going to be bouncing around my head for all eternity. I’m think about this podcast once ever few months now.
    Thanks, jerks!

  14. Ali says:

    Chris! Spoiler for True Detective!! Come on man!!

  15. Sara says:

    The fact that neither Chris nor Jonah said “Enjoy your burrito” made me feel like the podcast never ended.  I’ll think on this throughout the rest of my day

  16. Alex says:

    Great sode! Best part was Jonah at the end, all the lolz!

  17. Pieter says:

    That ending was fucking genius!

  18. Matt says:

    seriously, Jonah quit making yourself look shorter in pictures, Be proud that you tower over us puny little insects.

  19. Dennis (not a native English speaker, so sorry) says:

    David Chase later stated he was quoted out of context. 
    Tony Soprano dies in that last scene.  It is conveyed through the shot sequence (and reassured with all of those hints left throughout the entire show’s run). The shots follow the same pattern every time, ending with a POV of Tony’s. As Silvio and Bobby pointed out, you do not hear the shot until moments later and it simply becomes dark. Furthermore the supposed killer wore a Members Only jacket worn during a couple of hits in the series (one of the later episodes where such a hit happens is named after the brand as well). 
    The only but quite prominent aspect speaking against Tony’s death are the lyrics to the Journey song. This however may allude to the metaphysical and poetic component of the show, which is also what David Chase was talking about in that interview when he was misquoted.

    • Dennis says:

      Also, Chase originally considered doing the entire series while sticking to Tony’s POV. Even though he did not do that, the pilot opens with his POV of the statue in Melfi’s waiting room. In other words, making the last shot Tony’s POV again, offers a framing for the show. 

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  21. Fergal says:

    Best ending ever. 😀

  22. Fartbooty says:

    The ending of this podcast left me unsatisfied. It also was perfect and funny, also I wish you guys would’ve ended it without the Wonder Years. What happened to Rob and Glenn did DeVito have anything to do with it?! I need closure! Not burritos!

  23. Petey says:

    speaking of Louis CK, when are you getting him on!?

  24. Skyler says:

    Best end to the podcast haha thanks for the great episode

  25. Wildride says:

    The “Dick Wolf” was a recurring image from The Weakly News from Iliza Shlesinger. It’s exactly what you think it is.

  26. Nicole Carter says:

    Oh shit, that’s so awesome!! Thank you all!!

  27. ericmci says:

    If you out clever yourself you’re not a smart writer. Writing for manipulation is cheap without being able to provide a context.  It just means you wrote just to hear yourself write instead of truly creating. The soprano/lost/true detective is the equivalent of click bait.  Hey it’s this its this no it’s just a dream.  It’s cheap and manipulative and listening to people run themselves in circles trying ‘create’ meaning where there probably isn’t.

  28. Stephen says:

    As a fellow Stephen with a PH I really appreciated the intro of this podcast. Also you guys forgot Stephen Colbert. ;-D

  29. Greebo says:

    I think True Detective was a character study of the two detectives, the killer was just a plot point for me.  Not giving the full background of the killer makes him creepier for me.  It was a great slow burn for me.

    • AstroBull says:

      I completely agree! Also, the way the ending was played, it MAY have been supernatural, or it may have been just a drug flashback. I like the idea of not knowing what was really going on there. It plays very well into the Weird Fiction theme of juxtaposing insanity with the incomprehensible. I’m satisfied either way with the way it turned out, if it was supernatural or not.

  30. Eric says:

    But… what should I do with this burrito?

  31. Baldvin says:

    Oh my god can that dude stop talking about himself and his training regime? Like seriously I don’t give a shit about you. 

    • chris hardwick says:

      But then…why would you listen…me no understand…why so mad, scientist?

      • Dave says:

        Chris, you can’t confront a troll with logic… it’s not very effective.

      • maxpower says:

        Was really hoping to learn a lot about them and Sunny since they never do interviews.  I did not and that’s too bad.

      • Grave-robert. says:

         its a shame you’re so obnoxious and self-involved because you have the best guests. you could learn a thing or two from Maron and Holmes.

      • Marshall Miller says:

        Great Podcast Chris….Dont worry about the Trolls that Talk Shit!

    • Nuke LaDouche says:

      I have to agree with Baldvin. I will say that I used to love Chris, but i really can’t stand him anymore. I’m not sure if this is due to his increase in fame/success, but he has become too self involved to listen to. I only listen when I really want to hear what the guests have to say at this point. Chris, stop pitching ridiculously dumb ideas to the guests just so you get to speak. Also, we get it, you workout/don’t drink/are generally about as much fun as a wet fart. Nothing is sadder than a 43 year old man that dates twentysomethings and motivates himself through vanity. You used to come across as a cool guy struggling to make it in the difficult world of stand up/hollywood. Now you have become totally unrelatable. Thank god Jonah is still around once in a while to lend the podcast an element of real life. I’m sure this will be taken as me bitching about a free podcast, because thats how all criticism is dealt with here. In reality though this is just one more person telling you how obnoxious you’ve become (which happens for almost every episode these days, something that rarely used to). It might be worth actually thinking about what that may mean.

    • Amanda says:

      I think what a lot of people forget is that they try not to look at these as interviews, they’re viewed as conversations.

      Yes, we may have heard about a certain thing a lot of times because we listen to the podcast, but we don’t know how well the guys may know the guest. I know when I meet people for the first or second time there’s key things that I speak about which may put us on common ground, if you know me well of course you’ve heard those stories before.

      So, as most conversations go, there’s a back and forth, which is new to the guest, which is really what matters.  Sucks to hear you’re not enjoying the podcast, but you do you dude! 🙂

      As a fan of it’s always sunny, I was stoked to see this go up!

  32. clivodimars says:

    oh cool ive  been waiting for you to get to these guys! Thanks chris