“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” is arguably one of television’s most subversive comedies, a sitcom that delights in wringing laughs out of deconstructing traditional sitcom conventions in much the same way as “Seinfeld”, which famously abided by co-creator Larry David’s famed motto of “no hugging, no learning.”
On this week’s episode, “Always Sunny” put its unique spin on the tried-and-true sitcom clip show, paying homage to “Seinfeld” via a clever recreation of one of its most famous episodes: “The Contest”.
In that iconically racy episode, Jerry and the gang make a bet to see which of the foursome can hold out the longest without, well, you know, while never actually mentioning what exactly it is they’re not doing.
“Always Sunny” recreated the scene — in its own typically skewed way — with Frank (Danny De Vito) filling in for George, while Dee (Katilin Olson) is naturally Elaine and Charlie (Charlie Day) subs for Kramer. Mac (Rob McElhenney) and Dennis (Glenn Howerton) do double duty by sharing the role of Jerry.
Meanwhile, an enterprising Reddit user created a side-by-side comparison video of the two scenes — and, to quote Larry David in his other show, it’s pretty, pretty, pretty good.
You can contrast and compare for yourself in the video above.