Eagles gear was as common in the crowd as Paddy’s Pub T-shirts and Green Man bodysuits, but these fans had made their choice.


From left, Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton and Rob McElhenney in Always sunny Live podcast broadcast at the Met / Photo courtesy of Live Nation

In June, we told you that his co-creators It’s always sunny in Philadelphia Philly’s Glenn Howerton, Charlie Day and Rob McElhenney were coming to the Met to record live their wildly popular podcast. And you reacted accordingly: the September 18 date sold out quickly. So the gang graciously added a second date — and unfortunately, that date coincided with the Eagles’ home opener. But the result was glorious as both South and North Broad Streets celebrated each Eagles touchdown in their own raucous ways.

At the Met, as at the Linc, there were EAGLES songs. There were also powders, sing alongs, costumes and lots of Philly love. Eagles gear was as common in the crowd as Paddy’s Pub T-shirts and Green Man bodysuits, but these fans had made their choice.

“I can’t believe he’s playing without me,” McElhenney said as he “addressed[ed] The Eagle in the Room” right at the top of the show and explained that they booked the Met before the NFL released their schedule.

But Eagles fans (including those on stage) were out of luck. First of all, it was a live”Warbirds” performance, with the lyrics changed for the Eagles. And every time the team scored, the show stopped as a giant screen showed “Touchdown” (complete with animated renderings of the three stars and a graphic score). After a collective song by the Eagles, the show would resume.

The Always Sunny podcast live stream celebrated every Eagles touchdown / Photo by Laura Swartz

In an odd parallel, ABC’s broadcast of the game your presence Sunny-inspired parody On their own.

Like the podcast, the live show was nominally about one episode (in this case, “Mac and Charlie Die (Part 2)”), but went off on wild tangents that demonstrate the chemistry between the creators that made the show the longest-running live-action sitcom. “We really love each other and want to spend as much time together as possible. We’ll do it until the day we die,” McElhenney said of Sunnyhis future.

Of course, this being Philly, the show wouldn’t end without a discussion of McElhenney’s roots — and his the love of Chase Utley. When the Phillies were honoring his retirement, Utley called McElhenney to have a catch with him at Citizens Bank Park, fulfillment of a wish his character had memorable. McElhenney recalled, “Maybe half the people in the crowd laughed, the other half were confused,” but when the stadium’s PA announcer said “Philadelphia’s own Rob McElhenney,” none of that mattered. “You still consider me one of your own,” he said in a brief moment of emotion.

The fans did not disappoint, with many coming in costumes that referenced the show. There were several bright yellow Dayman suits and even more Green Man (Men?), plus more obscure references in the crowd that only true fans could appreciate. In a delirious finale of fan-service and encore, Day played the piano as everyone sang favorites from the show. Howerton and McElhenney appeared in dustcoats with T-shirt guns. It was delightful chaos.

Before the show, the city of Philadelphia declared Monday, September 19th “It’s Always Sunny Podcast Day in Philadelphia” with a behind-the-scenes presentation.

Moments before recording their podcast at the Met Philadelphia, cast members It’s always sunny in Philadelphia received a proclamation declaring Monday, September 19, 2022, “It’s Always Sunny Podcast Day in Philadelphia.” At the presentation were (from left) Geoff Gordon, Regional President of Live Nation Northeast; It’s Always Sunny Podcast members Meagan Ganz, Glenn Howerton, Charlie Day and Rob McElhenney; and Sheila Hess, representative of the city of Philadelphia. / Photo courtesy of Live Nation

The Sunny The team hasn’t actually filmed in Philly since the 12th season in 2016, but they’ve expressed hope to return. “It’s amazing how many people show up to the set,” Howerton said. “We have to do it again.”

Recalling that they did a season six Christmas special here, they described knocking on residents’ doors to ask if they could film on their street. It was the middle of summer, but not only did they say yes, they personally decorated their homes to match the holiday decor. “That, to me, is what it means to be back in town,” McElhenney said.

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