#44: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award — The Idea of Satire

This week, we breakdown the nature of one of our favourite episodes of IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA, from it’s 9th season, “THE GANG TRIES DESPERATELY TO WIN AN AWARD”. Royalty free music from Bensound. Stock image by George Hodan.

1:38 – ‘Synopsis’ – Breaking down the major story beats of “The Gang Desperately Try to Win An Award”.

10:27 – ‘Satire’ – Outlining the principles of Satire and where it sits in the spectrum of comedy.

17:28 – ‘Cast Principles’- Outlining the principles of Institutionalizing your cast.

25:00 – ‘Layering’ – Analyzing how IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA Layers a separate meaning into this episode to create Satire.

29:44 – ‘Institutionalizing’ – Analyzing how the episode Institutionalizes its cast.

32:20 – ‘Elasticity’ – Discussing the Gaps created in Satire and how far you can stretch or contract those for comedic effect.

45:34 – ‘Counter’ – Breaking down the counter example of FAMILY GUY: BLUE HARVEST and certain episodes of SOUTH PARK and why sometimes Satire can fail.

53:25 – ‘Surrealism’ – Examining how Surrealism relates to Satire in terms of creating Gaps and audience expectation.

1:01:30 – ‘Summary’ – Summarizing the key writing techniques discussed.

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