Not content material with creating and starring in 14 sequence of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia – the longest operating US TV comedy of all time – final 12 months Rob McElhenney, 43, determined he wished to write a unique sort of sitcom, one with a unique vibe – and the one comedy in regards to the online game trade, ever, to not utterly suck. Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet is what he got here up with.
Season one aired in February, unique to the abruptly getting critical Apple TV+, and fairly good it was too! What was clear from the off was that this was utterly totally different to something McElhenney had executed earlier than. It was a humorous present, sure. But it was laced with kindness and group in methods its creator hadn’t thought-about earlier than. Then COVID-19 occurred and no person laughed ever once more.
Until now – in the present day in actual fact! – the place Mythic Quest returns with a shock additional episode, explaining simply what went down when lockdown took maintain. It’s very shifting – and simply what the physician ordered.
Hey Rob! Let’s begin by saying the brand new episode made us expertise our very first emotion in a couple of month…
“That’s what we’re going for. We want you to feel stuff!”
How did the lockdown episode come about? Were you simply bored and wanted one thing to do?
“Well, number one was that I wanted to figure out a way to get people back to work, if only for three weeks. We have a couple hundred people that work on the crew and I thought if I could get everybody a paycheck for three weeks, then I’m going to endeavour to do that. Then we thought, ‘Well, what’s the best way to do that? How can we shoot an episode remotely?’ I saw that there were a few other shows doing their interpretations of what that looked like for them, but we wanted to do something that felt a bit more like it could have been shot on a stage. Then we jumped into what became the hardest production of my entire career…”
We can think about. Tell us extra…
“From conception to final delivery was three weeks. That would be hard under normal circumstances, but here nobody left their home. I left my house for a matter of minutes, just to walk into the street. The logistics of trying to execute something like that, and the planning, and the organisation that went into it and the prep was just infinitely more difficult than a regular episode would be.”
Some of it’s shot in your own home. It’s very good. Is it the primary time the solid have seen it?
“No, we’re a pretty close knit crew. We’ve had wrap parties there before. We’ve all got together to watch the episodes together at the end of a season.”
Your character, Mythic Quest Creative Director Ian Grimm, has a a lot nicer home than the opposite characters within the present – sort of such as you and the remainder of the crew…
“Well, I created one of many longest operating tv reveals of all time [It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia], so there are specific spoils that include success in tv. That’s one of many issues that we wished to satirise within the episode. There is an insane quantity of tone deafness out on the planet proper now, and I can’t imagine what number of instances I’ll learn a tweet or see an Instagram submit with some wealthy particular person complaining about how they’ve to clear their very own bathroom. And I’m like, ‘you guys! Shut the fuck up!’ Like, what are you? What are you speaking about? Sorry your maid couldn’t come round this week, however everyone cleans their very own bathroom!”
You’ve stated that Friends is one among your greatest inspirations, and that Always Sunny… was created in distinction to that present. Is Mythic Quest the identical?
“The factor with this present is… I’m fascinated with narcissism. I’m fascinated with egomaniacs. And I’m fascinated with excessive behaviour. But I additionally wished to make a present about folks that really feel like actual human beings. Sunny, to a sure extent winds up turning into, , [about] cartoon characters. They don’t actually exist in the true world. Whereas these folks actually, actually do. It’s fascinating to me that in disaster, you actually do see one of the best and the worst of individuals. It’s all extremes. And what I’m seeing principally, is that the overwhelming majority of persons are rising to the event and doing the correct factor.”
And but you you’ve received to discover gags in there. How humorous are folks behaving decently?
“We don’t want it to be heavy handed. We want it to be funny. At the very least, we bring 25 minutes of levity to people’s lives or make them feel less alone.”
Video sport builders are gods of their trade, however few of them are well-known outdoors of that. It’s an excellent comedian premise proper?
“Exactly. There’s one thing foolish about that however there’s additionally one thing truthful about it. You’ve received these digital worlds the place folks from everywhere in the globe are coming to commune and play and expertise that world. But it’s nonetheless a world that was constructed by different human beings and so why not discover that? And we do that by exhibiting you the world via the lens of this one specific narcissist – my character, Ian – who believes he’s Zeus.“
On-screen tales about video video games may be tough to get proper – and sometimes it feels just like the trade is being mocked. How did you keep away from that?
“Anytime I’d ever seen anything about the video game culture it always seemed to come from a derisive point of view. It was always making fun of people and marginalising them and the stereotype of the nerd living in his mum’s basement. It’s not even close to true. I thought, ‘fuck that, let’s do something that feels authentic and celebrates the industry, in all its triumphs and all of its foibles – let’s be authentic.’ The games industry has responded positively to it because they realised we’re celebrating them.”
We have to ask earlier than we wrap up, the place’s Always Sunny… at proper now?
“Oh, Sunny very a lot nonetheless exists. We’re nonetheless in lively negotiations for season 15 and 16 and we’re hoping that as quickly as we get out of Mythic Quest season, we soar proper into one thing new with Sunny…”
Do you ever assume how lengthy Always Sunny… can preserve going for?
“How many years do I have on this planet? I’ll do it forever. If people keep watching it and we keep having fun, why would we ever stop? It’s my dream job. I never understand why people leave shows. I don’t. I never understand that. The show is what I dreamed of doing my entire life. I don’t take it for granted. And if they keep paying me and the audience keeps watching it and I still love it… why would I ever stop?”
Imagine COVID-19 had hit throughout filming for It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia and never Mythic Quest. What would your quarantine episode for the previous have appeared like?
“Well, we really do have an episode referred to as ‘The Gang Gets Quarantined’ [season nine, episode seven] the place we quarantine ourselves within the bar. I feel there’s a giant flu going round Philadelphia or one thing like that. When we come again, don’t fear, we’ll handle all this in the best way solely Sunny can!”
‘Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet’ season one is accessible to stream on Apple TV+ now. A brand new episode, ‘Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet – Quarantine’ drops tonight