Interview: Glenn Howerton

By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 8, 2009

Absolutely nothing is sacred to you guys — from incest to stalking to retarded people. Who died so you could commit your sins?
The funniest people who you remember were always tackling taboo shit — that's what's always made us laugh. It was never our intention to be shocking for the sake of being shocking. We just thought this was funny and nobody else was doing it.

Philly really is a pretty lawless city. Is that part of the inspiration for the sheer depravity?
It was the perfect setting — we especially liked the fact that there were no shows like it that took place there. Philly's a scrappy city that kind of lives in the shadow of New York; it just made sense to put these characters there. You can kick these guys around, but they're never gonna stay down. As depraved as they are, they're also oddly optimistic.

What advice do you give people who have never seen the show but are getting dragged there by significant others?
Based on what I saw at the Troubadour, almost everyone will be pretty diehard. Hopefully some of them will even show up in spandex.

What's a question that I'm forgetting to ask that your crazed super-fans are going to write me nasty letters about?
Don't put that shit on me, man. They might want to know about the fifth season, though, and they're not going to be disappointed. We're always taking it a step further, and it's definitely Danny's best year so far.

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