Award Pipe Dream: Charlie Day in ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’

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Who would have guessed that a gross and darkly funny series created by and starring a group of unknowns would become one of the most reliable long-running comedies on TV? It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has been chugging along for nine seasons, as it seems that there is no shortage of disastrous situations for the despicably lovable Gang to get into. While it’s critically-acclaimed and beloved by the internet, Sunny isn’t exactly Emmy-bait. The Sunny crew skewered the self-congratulatory and unimaginative process of awarding the same glossy and formulaic shows over and over again this season with “The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award,” an episode in which the Paddy’s Gang tries to clean up to win a Best Bar in Philadelphia trophy.

But, as unfair as it is, there’s just no chance that the Academy is going to give an episode like “Dennis Looks Like a Registered Sex Offender” or “Who Pooped the Bed?” a nod for Comedy Writing. And unfortunately, the snubs extend to the cast as well.

Would that there were justice in this world, as Charlie Day would have a closet full of awards for playing Charlie Kelly. Here are just a few of the reasons why.

Kitten Mittens

Charlie may be cleaning toilets and controlling the Paddy’s rat population on a daily basis, but that doesn’t mean he’s without an inner entrepreneurial spirit.

Rock Flag and Eagle

Every Sunny episode needs a moment where Charlie gets overly excited or angry so that Day can make his voice do the thing. And then it doesn’t even matter what he’s saying or singing.

Lawyer Talk

Charlie bases most of his knowledge of the world on what he’s seen on TV. So why can’t he be a lawyer? So what if he can’t read?

Charlie Songs

In “The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award,” Day sang a Cheers-style theme song to win over the judging committee. Every take was partially improvised and so good that FX put the unused footage online.

Jaws Speech

And he can do drama.