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Rob McElhenney

Creator and Star of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"

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 Rob McElhenney Biography

Rob McElhenney was born in Philadelphia, PA, and grew up in South Philly with the area's thick urban accent.

While trying to make it big in Los Angeles, McElhenney and fellow struggling actors Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton hatched their own concept for a TV show; a would-be chronicle of the foibles of down-and-out and not necessarily likable actors struggling to find work in L.A., which they called "It's Always Sunny on TV." They shot a workmanlike pilot with a camcorder, using their own apartments as sets, and McElhenney's agent shopped it off to TV networks, all of which either passed or returned "notes" that watered down the creativity.

But FX-- then in the process of rebranding itself as a basic cable repository of edgy original programming-- greenlit seven initial episodes of the show. They shifted the premise to McElhenney's native Philadelphia, where they would shoot exteriors, and they made the show on a shoe-string, casting themselves as three of their central foursome, with McElhenney playing Mac, the ever-randy, macho pseudo-reactionary one of the bunch; Howerton as Dennis, the vain, semi-sophisticated but ultimately vapid one; Day as "Charlie," their dimwitted, borderline illiterate janitor and punching bag; with Kaitlin Olson, a veteran of L.A.'s famed Groundlings comedy troupe brought on to play Dennis's sister Dee - all referred to collectively as "The Gang."

Premiering in August 2005, the show followed the foursome's shenanigans in and around the bar they ran in South Philly, and, with FX giving them a relative free hand to write the characters and their machinations as depraved as they wanted. One episode saw Mac attempting to seduce a former school coach into a molesting him after having heard the coach had molested others in his class.

Though it debuted to mixed reviews and meager ratings, the show developed a frenzied buzz, especially among young adult viewers, and though FX execs initially balked, they renewed "Sunny" for another season when Danny DeVito, whom they had heard was a fan of the show, agreed to join the cast as Dennis and Dee's prodigal (and equally amoral) father, Frank.

Offscreen, McElhenney and Olson began dating, and, as the show became one of the top draws on FX, it buoyed McElhenney's prospects. In 2008, FX picked up "Sunny" for another 52 episodes, assuring its continuation through a 2011 season. In addition, FX's sister network Fox gave McElhenney, Howerton, Day and "Sunny" staffer Adam Stein the greenlight to develop the series, "Boldly Going Nowhere."

Also in 2008, Olson and McElhenney married. In 2009, the "Sunny" crew took an expanded version of their offbeat musical episode, "The Nightman Cometh," on tour, playing theatrical venues in New York, Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. The couple had a son in September 2010, with Olson going into labor while they attended a Philadelphia Phillies-L.A. Dodgers game.

The cast became major celebrities in Philadelphia, and McElhenney and Olson, in a case of life imitating art, opened their own bar, Mac's Tavern, in the city's Old Towne neighborhood in 2010.

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Rob McElhenney

Creator and Star of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"

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Rob McElhenney Biography

Rob McElhenney was born in Philadelphia, PA, and grew up in South Philly with the area's thick urban accent.

While trying to make it big in Los Angeles, McElhenney and fellow struggling actors Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton hatched their own concept for a TV show; a would-be chronicle of the foibles of down-and-out and not necessarily likable actors struggling to find work in L.A., which they called "It's Always Sunny on TV." They shot a workmanlike pilot with a camcorder, using their own apartments as sets, and McElhenney's agent shopped it off to TV networks, all of which either passed or returned "notes" that watered down the creativity.

But FX-- then in the process of rebranding itself as a basic cable repository of edgy original programming-- greenlit seven initial episodes of the show. They shifted the premise to McElhenney's native Philadelphia, where they would shoot exteriors, and they made the show on a shoe-string, casting themselves as three of their central foursome, with McElhenney playing Mac, the ever-randy, macho pseudo-reactionary one of the bunch; Howerton as Dennis, the vain, semi-sophisticated but ultimately vapid one; Day as "Charlie," their dimwitted, borderline illiterate janitor and punching bag; with Kaitlin Olson, a veteran of L.A.'s famed Groundlings comedy troupe brought on to play Dennis's sister Dee - all referred to collectively as "The Gang."

Premiering in August 2005, the show followed the foursome's shenanigans in and around the bar they ran in South Philly, and, with FX giving them a relative free hand to write the characters and their machinations as depraved as they wanted. One episode saw Mac attempting to seduce a former school coach into a molesting him after having heard the coach had molested others in his class.

Though it debuted to mixed reviews and meager ratings, the show developed a frenzied buzz, especially among young adult viewers, and though FX execs initially balked, they renewed "Sunny" for another season when Danny DeVito, whom they had heard was a fan of the show, agreed to join the cast as Dennis and Dee's prodigal (and equally amoral) father, Frank.

Offscreen, McElhenney and Olson began dating, and, as the show became one of the top draws on FX, it buoyed McElhenney's prospects. In 2008, FX picked up "Sunny" for another 52 episodes, assuring its continuation through a 2011 season. In addition, FX's sister network Fox gave McElhenney, Howerton, Day and "Sunny" staffer Adam Stein the greenlight to develop the series, "Boldly Going Nowhere."

Also in 2008, Olson and McElhenney married. In 2009, the "Sunny" crew took an expanded version of their offbeat musical episode, "The Nightman Cometh," on tour, playing theatrical venues in New York, Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. The couple had a son in September 2010, with Olson going into labor while they attended a Philadelphia Phillies-L.A. Dodgers game.

The cast became major celebrities in Philadelphia, and McElhenney and Olson, in a case of life imitating art, opened their own bar, Mac's Tavern, in the city's Old Towne neighborhood in 2010.

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Rob McElhenney for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Rob McElhenney, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Rob McElhenney or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Rob McElhenney?

    Booking fees for Rob McElhenney, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Rob McElhenney, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Rob McElhenney?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Rob McElhenney for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Rob McElhenney for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Rob McElhenney or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Rob McElhenney or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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