Glenn Howerton

March 10, 2014

I am Glenn Howerton, AKA Dennis from Always Sunny, and producer of THE WILDERNESS OF JAMES. AMA

Hey Reddit! I’m back to talk to you delinquents again.

I’m here in Austin, Texas at SXSW with THE WILDERNESS OF JAMES, the first feature film I’ve produced. It’s a vibrant and dynamic film starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Virginia Madsen , Evan Ross and my man, Danny Devito. Kodi plays James, a teenager struggling after the loss of his father. Come check it out if you’re in Austin!

It's screening today at 4:30 at the Alamo Village, and tomorrow at 1:45 at The Alamo Ritz 2.

I’ll be here with Victoria for the next hour or so, live from Austin. AMA!

Well, listen dickbags: this has been really fun. Maybe the most fun I've ever had in my entire life.


Either way, I love you all. I need you all. And I will have you all again, one day.

Love and thanks,


Is there a G.L.E.N.N. system? If so, can you enlighten us?

I get this all the time.

I get this all the time.






Would you ever get fat like Rob did to make the show funnier?

It's impossible for me to get fat. I'm too chiseled.

Gotta keep that Jesus on the cross look.


Also, doing the hummingbirds reduces that fat like crazy.

Yeah. It definitely burns calories.

In what other areas of life have you found "The Implication" to be useful?

The Implication of Danger is useful in any situation.

Dennis doesn't know I'll use his own tricks against him!

Well now I DO know!

Always Sunny gets funnier every season. Just re-watched "The Gang Makes Lethal Weapon 6" and was dying laughing. Is working on this show just a blast for you guys?

It is a blast. Yes.

Hi Glenn, I'm curious, what's your favourite movies?

Fargo, The Wilderness of James, and Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo.

What is your personal dream project?

I just made it. It's called The Wilderness of James. And we just screened it at SXSW, audiences are raving, and I hope you have the chance to see it soon.

What are your plans for the future of "Always Sunny"?

To only stop making it when they make me.

No regrets, no surrender!

No man left behind!

Hello Golden God, thanks for doing this. How are you today?


First off, I want to say that I spent last night watching It's Always Sunny instead of finishing a lab report that's due in 20 minutes, so thank you for making the funniest show on television.

I wanted to ask you, since I've heard rumors that IASIP is ending after next season, do you have any plans for after it's over? I also wanted to ask if you can give us any hints as to the direction season 10 is going? IASIP has always been a very contained show, but if the show is ending is there any plans to change up the format? (Also somebody from /r/iasip wanted me to ask if there will be any 2-parters in season 10?)

That question is longer than the paper you should be writing.

Get back to work.

Is there beer in the Coors bottles you drink on Sunny? or water?

We mix it up.

Would you like to/have you any plans to take the gang to another location for an episode of Sunny? I very much liked the Jersey Shore episode and would love to see the proprietors of the Irish Ireland.

P.S. Thank you for co-making the show. It's awesome and I love it.

Thank you! And I will say that in season 10, you will see our characters on an airplane.

The Gang Hijacks an Airplane

I refuse to answer that.

Hey Glenn. I attempted to use the D.E.N.N.I.S. system to woo a nice lady and now I'm serving 3 consecutive life sentences. Where did I go wrong?

Probably right at "engage physically."

What is the funniest behind the scenes moment with the gang?

I can't say what it is, because it was awful. I cried laughing, because Kaitlin said something so offensive while we were rolling and then we just had to cut. Obviously we can't ever show it and I can't even really talk about it.

Hey Glenn, If I ever ran in too you at a bar, what type of drink do I buy you?

A Dark and Stormy.

With such insane plots, how do you guys continue to come up ideas?

Truth be told, there's always something happening in the world. Some insane human behavior that we read about or hear about that inspires us.

Just for the record, there is enough material in /r/askreddit to last another ten seasons.

God help us.

Does your love of tight spandex equal Dennis's?

I have no personal love for tight spandex. Except when I'm dancing.

Hi Glenn! AMAs, especially for comedy writers tend to aim a little more for the technical/humor stuff, so I might get buried here, but I figured it was worth a try regardless.

Sexuality always seems to be a topic of discussion both on the show and in interviews. Sunny isn’t a show exactly known for it’s aggressive stance on social issues, yet for a show that presents these things with a sense of grim neutrality, I feel like it’s actually done a better job that most when it comes to queer issues. Myself and many of my friends really enjoy that aspect of it a lot.

As a queer girl myself, Mac especially is a character that feels very validating, and even though the show never presents topical issues seriously, there is a very unique underlining story sort of unfolding in the background surrounding this character and his sexuality that is actually very sad. I was always so impressed with the development on that front whether intentional or not, the idea of taking someone who appeared to be a very straight man in the first season and constructing that arc for him (and maybe Dennis too? I know i’ve seen you say a few things about that). It’s validating. It’s healing. It feels good to see even though Sunny isn’t exactly Glee or Queer as folk or something, but that almost makes it better in my opinion because I really don’t need another show like that.

What I am getting at here is that in interviews, I do see a lot of talk about the sexuality of your characters, though it’s almost always on light hearted talk shows thus is often cut short and not fully discussed. I would be really interested to hear more on that from your point of view, as I always thought it was a very interesting route to take, especially considering you, Rob, and Charlie are three straight guys who have written a show for what is largely a straight male audience.

I apologize if this is taking these characters slightly too seriously, but they are actually pretty fun to deconstruct. On a slightly unrelated note, Dennis is probably my all time favorite character from any show, so thanks for creating him and making him such a wonderful creep.

First of, thank you for such an intelligent and well-thought out question. I'd be happy to answer it as best I can. The issue of equal rights for homosexuals is something that is very important to us. But because our show is a comedy and a satire, it gives us the opportunity to address issues surrounding sexuality in a way that is comical but because it's comical, in our opinions, it can be even more poignant, because it's couched in comedy. And therefore, it's more subversive. Sometimes presenting the most ignorant point of view can be the best way to satirize the issue and highlight that ignorance.

So is this just proof that the D.E.N.N.I.S. works?

Of course it is.

What did "Dennis Day" consist of?

(you guys are hilarious!)

Maybe you'll have to wait and see.

Who makes you laugh the most on "The Mindy Project?" And is it fun playing a serious lawyer?

Everybody on that show makes me laugh. And it's definitely fun for me to play a role that is not a psychopath.

How did producing THE WILDERNESS OF JAMES compare with producing a television show? What was your role, and how did it differ from what you did as a producer for Always Sunny? Do you prefer one to the other?

I don't prefer one or the other. And it was a completely different experience. The Wilderness of James is completely different from It's Always Sunny in every single way. And for that reason it's been a passion project of mine for years.

What was your favorite television show as a kid?

The Fall Guy. I loved that show. I originally wanted to be a stuntman. I wanted to jump off buildings and motorcycles off of shit.

Had you ever compared your nipples to a dime before you did on Conan?

Yes. My wife did.

Which actor from IASIP is most like their character in real life?

None of us.

How did you guys come up with possibly the greatest piece of musical history 'Dayman Nightman'? And how long did it take?

Well, the 'Ahhhhhh' part was kind of a riff on Queen's Flash Gordon theme song. And I had recently been playing a few live shows with my friend Sam Witwer's band The Crashtones, and we opened every show with the Flash Gordon theme song, so it was fresh in my head.

Originally, the Dayman Nightman thing was just one really silly joke in an episode that we never in a million years thought would be that interesting to people. And then it just took off.

Any special plans for season 10? I heard Aaron Paul was interested in the show, will he be on? That would be absolutely amazing!

Aaron is a friend of ours, and loves the show, and we're big fans of his. So we wrote him a role, but unfortunately he was shooting N4S at the same time and couldn't do it. :(

Having lived in the Philly area my whole life, watching Always Sunny is basically a requirement. I know you guys mostly film in LA, but when you're in Philly, where are some of your favorite places to eat (and drink)?

I can never remember the name of anywhere I've ever been. I will say that I've eaten at a ton of GREAT places. I just don't remember their names. I'm not that guy.

Since the Game of Thrones writers wrote an episode with you guys, can we expect to see Dennis and Mac fight fro the Iron Throne in this GOT season?

They asked us if we wanted to be in an episode.

They offered us the opportunity to go and shoot something with them. Basically they said "if you guys want to do the show, we'll write something in there." We just never have time to do it.

Please do it. The golden god needs to get the throne

Oh my god, that's amazing.

Do you want to see the Golden God ascend the throne? Tweet at HBO that you want me to get the throne!

I think you could definitely play a Lannister!

Yea, absolutely. Make it happen gys!

Just plug in Frank's sex scene from Lethal Weapon 5. It will fit right in somewhere.

That's true!

That's true!

I'll run it by Benioff and Weiss.


It's been an amazing experience shooting Fargo. The scripts are unbelievable. The show's creator, Noah Hawley, has literally channeled the Coen Brothers. And I feel honored to be a part of something that I know is going to be very special. Most of the time I was there it's been all Chinook winds all the way.

Except when I was shredding Gnar in Lake Louise.

I recently turned 25 and my car insurance company said that because I have more than 3 years driving experience, it doesn’t matter and they won’t lower my rates. I’m planning on shopping around, what insurance company do you use and how do you like them?

Okay. Well my dad is in the military, so I got grandfathered into USAA, which is an insurance company for military and retired military people.

What kind of fan reactions do you get in public? Have any stories of fans quoting the show or just anything interesting happening?

Yeah, I mean just people screaming "DENNIS" at me. And I could definitely drink for free at any bar, on any given night, if I could trust the drinks that were being handed to me weren't being filled with some kind of poison or drug or molly or whatever it is you kids put in drinks these days.

"Dennis is asshole. Why Charlie Hate?"

On a side note, what is it like working with a legend like Danny DeVito? He compliments the cast so well. Thanks for countless hours of laughs!

Because Dennis is a bastard, man!

And Danny is a legend. A True God. A Warrior. A Princess. A Dragon. A Conqueror. And a drunk.

Does Glenn Howerton love that '80s glam fem-shit' as much as Dennis does?

I don't like 80's glam fem-shit. But I like 70's glam fem-shit. I love David Bowie, love Brian Eno, Lou Reed, TRex.

Another suggestion. You should write a Sesame Street episode where Dee plays Big Bird.


If you weren't in the entertainment industry, what would you do for a career?

Can you get paid for prancing around in your underwear in front of your mirror and talking to yourself in strange voices?

What TV shows do you watch when bored?

Real Time with Bill Maher, True Detective, Chopped, South Park, Childrens Hospital, Game of Thrones.

Can you please do an episode featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger as Franks twin brother

I hear Arnie's farts smell too bad. I don't want him anywhere near me.

Paging /u/GovSchwarzenegger to confirm this.

Uh oh.

It was so sad to see the end of country Mac. Do you plan on bringing any more relatives in for any of the characters?

It's possible.

What is your favorite snack food?

Honey and almond butter on toast.

Honey and almond butter on toast.

And a glass of milk.

What is your favorite beer?

I'm a big fan of a beer called Lamm's Brau Dark Lager. The A has an umlaut. It's called Organic Dunkel Lager.

I'm at SXSW as well. Currently pooping in a gross public stall. Can I poop in your hotel room?

Yeah, sure, come on by.

Yeah, sure, come on by.

I'm at the Holiday Inn Room 403.

I'm at the Holiday Inn Room 403.

See you there.

If you and Charlie Day had to fight to the death, who would win? And what would your weapon of choice be?

I would never fight Charlie. If he wanted to kill me, I would let him.

Hey Glenn, thanks for doing this AMA. Gonna check out The Wilderness of James when I get home from class. However, I've got a question about Sunny.

Will we ever see Dennis go completely insane, like he almost did in "Mac is a Serial Killer"?

First of all, you can only see The Wilderness of James if you're in Austin (as of now). But hopefully it will be in theaters nationwide very soon.

As far as Dennis, he's completely insane every year.

Your hair is immaculate, please tell us your secrets?


Once I was in Beverly Hills, you were walking toward CVS as I was walking from the parking lot. At the time, you had a full beard growing and I still recognized you. As much as I want wanted to scream DENNIS, I just had to let it go and not let a fan bother you on your weekend.

You're lying because I have an assistant who goes to CVS for me. ;)

Have you seen video where young Japanese students sing the Dayman song?

I have, it's amazing.

I have, it's amazing.

Why are they doing that?!

Was it hard to switch from actor to producer? Did you ever think you should've put yourself in The Wilderness of James

Well, I've been producing, just not in film. But yes, it was hard. And no, because there wasn't a part for me in it.

How was working with Portugal. the man on the Eternal High Five video? They seem like really awesome dudes and that video was hillarious. Also, they covered "day man" when I saw them in Denver and did an awesome job with it.

We're mutual fans. I'm a fan of their band and they're a fan of my show. So an eternal high five seemed appropriate.

If you could have anyone make a guest appearance on Always Sunny, who would it be and for what purpose would you want this person to do?

Al Pacino. Just to have him like, scream at me for five straight minutes. And then wander out of the bar after realizing he was screaming at the wrong person.

boxers or briefs? beach or mountains? Coffee or tea? socks or barefoot? mani or pedi?

Boxer Briefs. I don't know why anybody would choose anything else. I would chafe otherwise.


Coffee. FUCK tea.




I think they're killer.

(they're dolphins, by the way)

What was your favorite episode of It's Always Sunny to film?

Geez. The Gang Dines Out was really fun.

If you could go back in time, what specific year or time period would you travel to?

I'd go back to Ancient Rome and punch that one dude in the face.

What do you smell like?

Barbeque and beer.

Explain why I should see The Wilderness of James like I'm Mac and it's a choice between that and Lethal Weapon in 3D.

Because the Wilderness of James deals with the issue of mass in a very grounded yet fantastical way.

Would you ever consider actually writing "Dennis Reynolds: an Erotic Life"?

I have written it. But it's only for me.

Is it true you were almost a part of, popular band, the Bee Gees; pioneers of the acid-house genre?


Were you really a Golden God when you were in High School?

Stupid question. Yes.

What can I do to be on your show?

Be funny. Be in LA. Be an actor. Have an agent. Get an audition. Be funny.

Would you rather fight 40 duck sized horses or 1 horse sized duck?

1 horse-sized duck. The little guys would surround, it would be overwhelming.

1 horse-sized duck. The little guys would surround, it would be overwhelming.

Plus horses are cute.

But fuck it.

Hey Glenn! You're alright.

Anyways, enough with the small talk. Brass taxes: What are you eating for lunch?

I just had a salad. What are Brass Taxes?

How's Austin treating you?

Great. I think I'm going to move here.

How have you not been cast in a vampire role yet?

Because I only do werewolves.

I just read the synopsis of The Wilderness of James and I can't wait to see it. It sounds so fascinating and I'm honestly excited to see something that really makes me think. And I have a feeling this one will.

I'm as proud of being a part of this movie as I have been anything I've ever done in my life. It's a beautiful and special movie.

What's an embarrassing secret about yourself?

I have a really hard time remembering people's names. I hate that about myself.

And while I don't eat cereal in my car, I do often eat oatmeal in my car.

Would you rather lick the inside or the outside of a sock?

Whose dick is it on?

what's charlie day like in real life??

Funniest man I've ever met.

Will we ever see an Always Sunny Saturday morning cartoon?

Ever since season 3 we've been talking about doing Sunny Babies, our version of Muppet Babies.

Which would be amazing. Right?

It'll probably never happen. Which is a shame, cuz it should.

Any advice for a college grad? I'm thinking of opening a bar...nothing sells better then alcohol and regrets

Follow your heart and follow your dreams. Follow your thirst.

Have you ever considered doing an episode where Paddy's is featured on the show Bar Rescue with John Taffer?

We get this all the time on Twitter. We probably would, if people weren't asking for it all the time.

Hey Glenn! Just curious as to who/what inspired you to get into comedy? Do you have any comedic actors you look up to? Thank you and you are a sexy man!

Aw. Thank you for the sexy thing.

So many. Peter Sellers, Leslie Nielsen (was a huge influence on me growing up), Kenneth Branagh, Alec Guinness, and Pauly Shore.

My gf misses Fat Mac. She wants to know if you'll bring him back.

It's just not that simple. The man would have to gain 50 pounds again. In which case, I'd be worried for his life, in which case, I'd be worried for my career.

What is your favorite book and why?

Kafka's The Trial. Because of how well it satirizes the dangers of an over-wrought bureaucracy.

Hey Glenn. If you had a chance to play any famous character in a movie or show who would it be?

James Bond, man, hands down.

James Bond, man, hands down.

Or like the Joker. To play an iconic supervillain of some kind would be rad. Like the Riddler, or the Joker.

What's the dumbest question you've ever been asked?

You just asked it!

What's your dream vacation?

Anything with camping and hiking.

Loved you in Everything Must Go. Any plans to make more movies in the future?

Yes. I would love to do more movies. It's just a matter of finding the time. And also getting the role.

Does the cast visit/hang out at Mac's Tavern often, if at all? Seems like an appropriate place to be when off the set.

We're always there when we're in Philly.

Do you catch yourself ever singing Dayman?

Yes I do. And I have to say, I did suspect that it was going to catch on after we shot the scene where we sang it for the first time and for the rest of that season, everybody on the crew was singing it constantly. It was the very first scene we shot and that entire season the whole crew was singing it the whole year.

Hey Glenn. What was it like to be in Serenity for thirty seconds? Were you a fan of Firefly? Did you touch Nathan Fillion's pecs?

No that happened because I went to school with and am good friends with Morena Baccarin.

what does a producer do day to day?

That's a tough question. Different producers do different things. There are creative producers whose job it is to help shape or champion the writer / director's vision. And there are more technical producers, who run the day-to-day operations of running the crew and making the film. And then there are the producers that are in charge of selling the film. Sometimes they do ALL of those things.

Because of the DENNIS System I am now getting married and we all know that was not supposed to be the end result. But it got me laid, so thanks?

You're welcome?

When you first made Always Sunny how did you think it was going to do?

Honestly, I knew it was going to make a small group of people laugh. But I never thought it was going to become a large enough group of people to keep it on the air.

What's you favourite thing?

My wife and my son.

How do you take your pb&j's? Crunchy? Creamy? White? Wheat?

Wheat. Creamy. Lots of peanut butter. And lots of jelly. Flavor: strawberry.

Could you describe the proper technique for doing Hummingbirds?

Yes. Got to stay on the balls of your feet. And you gotta think like a bird.

What is your favorite drink?

Room-temp water.

Room-temp water.

Exciting stuff, huh?

I know it seems minor, but please Golden God bring back the old longer theme song. It makes a difference, trust me

That's come up a few times lately. The problem with that is that it's less time for us to tell stories. So we'll keep it short so we can have more time for the story. That really is the only reason.

This interview was transcribed from an "ask me anything" question and answer session with Glenn Howerton conducted on Reddit on 2014-03-10. The Reddit AMA can be found here.