Rob McElhenney Can Sniff Out a Philadelphian in One Question

The ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ co-creator can spot a fellow Philly native just by the cheesesteak stains on their Mike Schmidt jersey
Rob McElhenney Can Sniff Out a Philadelphian in One Question

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star and co-creator Rob McElhenney knows his home city so well that he can identify a fellow Philadelphian outside of the City of Brotherly Love with only a few words — and he wouldn’t even need the questions if he could smell them.

The unfortunate news from last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! is that, despite McElhenney’s claim that he’s currently working on the historic 17th season of the longest-running live-action sitcom in American TV history, there still is no set premiere date for new episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Ever since the show exploded in profitability and popularity, McElhenney has had ample opportunity to explore his other interests, which include co-owning the Welsh football club Wrexham A.F.C. with Ryan Reynolds, making a TV show about co-owning the team with Ryan Reynolds and engaging in an almost annoying and very public prank war with, you guessed it, Ryan Reynolds. 

However, if any It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia fans or actual Philly natives feel that McElhenney has forgotten his roots while galavanting around the U.K. with his favorite Canadian, the last segment of his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! should show them that Mac still likes his cheesesteaks. When Kimmel challenged McElhenney to determine whether or not a couple of random people picked off the street were from Philadelphia, McElhenney showed out for his hometown:

Now, to be fair, the only question asked to Philadelphia’s own Supreme is an obvious one to anyone who so much as saw the first Creed movie. Objectively, “Is ‘jawn’ a word?” has one answer for those in Eastern Pennsylvania who use the term in the place of literally any noun, and another answer entirely for the rest of us who understand that “jimmies” is an absolutely insane name for sprinkles.

McElhenney’s questions of “Have you ever been thrown in jail at a family reunion?” and “Have you ever urinated into a trash can at a sporting event?” are significantly more niche, which makes it all the more surprising that Vance was actually from the Jersey Shore — though, as McElhenney pointed out, “That’s the same thing.”

It’s a shame McElhenney’s last question wasn’t about the best way to consume ham. The answer of “soaked in rum” would have been a dead giveaway.


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