9 Hilariously Random Pop Culture References From ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’

Tuesday, August 30 by

“Rowdy” Roddy Piper – “The Gang Wrestles for the Troops” (S5|E7)

“Rowdy” Roddy Piper is a definite favorite of ours here at Screen Junkies. One of the greatest heels in the history of professional wrestling, he seemed right at home when the Gang did a little wrestling to raise money for the troops. The dude clearly has a sense of humor, simultaneously parodying both himself and Randy “The Ram” Robinson from The Wrestler. Check that out, kids — two pop culture references for the price of one!

Matt Harding – “Frank Sets Sweet Dee on Fire” (S3|E8)

The phrase “Internet celebrity” generally makes us shudder with fear or quake with rage. Less rage inducing is when “Sunny” makes a winking reference to one. You might remember Matt Harding AKA Dancing Matt from “Where the Hell Is Matt?,” a viral video series where he does a distinctive dance in various cities around the globe. Check the scathing parody during “Frank Sets Sweet Dee on Fire” when a cable access show features a man dancing to techno in his manties and a diaper.

“More Than Words” – “The Gang Goes Jihad” (S2|E2)

“Sunny” gets touching when we see the Gang drop their narcissism and boundaries, allowing themselves to open up and bond a little bit. These moments are rare, but provide a sort of sweetness so saccharine that we can’t help but laugh a little. Case in point: When we catch the gang doing a lovely little drunken four-part harmony to the Extreme classic “More Than Words.”