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Envelope Emmy Week: Are drunks funny? John Wells and William H. Macy of 'Shameless' discuss [Video]

June 6, 2011 |  1:30 pm

In the Showtime comedy "Shameless," William H. Macy plays a drunken lout of a father who once, while on a bender, broke his son's nose. No doubt alcoholism isn't pretty, but is it funny? Macy thinks so. "Drunk is very funny," he said at the Envelope Screening Series panel last week. "It's also very sad," he clarified. The show's executive producer, John Wells, defended the series, saying the show in no way tries to glamorize people's struggles with alcohol but rather that it tries to present an exaggerated version of many people's reality. Watch the clip below for more on that conversation. And check back frequently for other excerpts.



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-- Elena Howe