How Fun is Sunday Funday? Recreating A ‘You’re The Worst’ Day in LA
One of the best shows of 2014, FX’s You’re The Worst, returns on September 9 (now on FXX) for season 2. In anticipation of the premiere, two avid fans of the show and recent Los Angeles transplants sought to recreate one of the most memorable season 1 adventures from the episode ‘Sunday Funday’ to answer the ultimate question: Just how fun is Sunday Funday?
The episode revolves around the main characters’ weekly tradition of finding fun, unusual activities to do around the city, all while ingesting a considerable amount of alcohol. In addition to being one of the funniest shows on TV, You’re The Worst also takes advantage of its Los Angeles setting, meaning many of the group’s Sunday Funday activities are actual places we could go. While we had to take some creative liberties and adjust the order of events to work around business hours, we managed to put together a pretty solid recreation of the episode’s activities. Full Disclosure: we also didn’t drink during the day because of journalistic integrity and because we had to drive everywhere.
Even though we changed the order of our day around a bit, we’ll go through the activities in the order they appear on the show.
But first, brunch. Although not on the official list of activities, no Sunday Funday would be complete without a meal that involves fighting hipsters for a table. Despite several tweets at the various crew members who worked on the show, we couldn’t identify the actual restaurant they ate at in the episode.1 Instead, we settled for opening day at the brand new Alfred’s Coffee in Silverlake (3333 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles), which was giving away free coffee and bagels. Guaranteed hipster masses and highly economical! Fully caffeinated and carbo-loaded, we were ready to begin our day.
1. Blue Bag Records (2149 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles)
In the actual episode, this stop at a small but well-stocked record store sets off a major source of conflict between titular ‘worst’ characters and sort-of couple, Gretchen and Jimmy. Browsing through the stacks of records, Gretchen comes across a Genesis album, prompting Jimmy to ask her, Phil Collins or Peter Gabriel? Gretchen refuses to answer, and Jimmy is frustrated. We found considerably less strife on our trip to Blue Bag, although we did find a few Genesis albums. We also both agreed Phil Collins is superior, even though Jimmy is very much in the Peter Gabriel camp.
Fun Rating (scale of 1-10):
Bridget: 4. It’s a nice shop with plenty to browse through, but there’s only so much time you can spend in a record store when you have no reason to buy any records.
Chandler: 5. It’s a fine record shop with enough albums across genres, and a pretty solid bargain bin. However, like most Los Angeles record shops, it had no air conditioning and was therefore VERY warm. I may not have given it a fair shot though, as I spent most of the visit grieving my hesitance about buying The Beatles’ dead baby album cover version of Yesterday and Today from Vacation Vinyl (3815 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles) the previous day.
2. Zen Garden Massage
This just straight up does not exist. There is a Japanese Zen garden on the East side of LA but they aren’t open on Sundays and as far as we could tell, they don’t offer outdoor massages.
3. Fly A Kite (Elysian Park, 835 Academy Road, Los Angeles)
We had trouble finding the exact spot in which the kite flying occurred on the episode, but we figured a park is a park (sort of…we also had trouble finding the actual park). But what the show didn’t prepare us for is the difficulty of finding a kite. Where do you buy a kite?! Well probably a toy store, but we figured Target would be good enough. No luck. Maybe the K-Mart next door? It was small but it was shaped like a dragon and cost $4, so we bought it. However, once we got to the top of the field, we realized we bought a glider, not a kite. We made the best of it and went a few rounds trying to see who could throw it farther (Chandler won).
Bridget: 6. This is a theoretical score, since I think we would have had a little more fun if we actually bought a kite. But we had a nice view of the city.
Chandler: 3. This would’ve been more fun had I not been so disappointed that we couldn’t find a kite. What the fuck, Los Angeles? Have iPads replaced kites? I CAN’T FLY AN IPAD (probably).
4. Taco Cart / Best Fish Taco in Ensenada (1650 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles)
On the show, the Sunday Funday ringleader, Edgar, takes the crew to a taco cart in the middle of a cemetery. We aren’t quite as hip and had no idea where to start looking for graveyard tacos, so instead we settled for delicious tacos wherever we could find them, which is almost everywhere in LA. We wound up at Best Fish Taco in Ensenada and learned they’re not lying–those are some great fish tacos.
Bridget: 5. Tacos were amazing, horchata was okay, I was hungry, this was an ideal stop.
Chandler: 8. Tacos are dope. These tasted great. Great tacos are super dope.
5. Eazy E Memorial
Another case where the show took some creative license. While it’s possible to track down Eazy E’s gravestone in Whittier, CA, it’s nothing like the elaborate shrine to the late rapper depicted in the episode. Instead of driving way out to find the grave, we both promised we would see Straight Outta Compton at some point.
6. Petting Zoo / Montebello Barnyard Zoo (600 Rea Dr, Montebello, CA)
The petting zoo on the show is actually just a company that sets up petting zoos for special events, but luckily we found a permanent petting zoo about 20 minutes northeast of LA. With a bag of generic animal food in hand, we got up close and personal with goats, sheep, a donkey, a cow, chickens, pigs, a pony, llamas, and a zebra. A ZEBRA!!! It was great and none of the animals bit us! They also have pony rides and batting cages here, which would make for a great Sunday Funday all on it’s own.
Bridget: 10. I did not expect this to be a particularly enjoyable stop on our list but I loved it (except for when I accidentally let a goat eat the plastic bag full of food in my hand. Fingers crossed I did not kill a goat!!)
Chandler: 10. I got to pet and feed a zebra. Look at that picture above: That’s me, with a zebra. Zebras are indigenous to Africa, yet there I am, hanging out with one like it’s no big deal. It’s a super big deal. Big fan of zebras, big fan of this petting zoo. 10/10, will go again…Hopefully no animals were harmed in the making of this article.
7. Bob Baker Marionette Theater (1345 W 1st St, Los Angeles)
We never see the inside of the theater on the show, nor did we see it in real life. Although the theater was open, there was a private birthday party going on inside, so we couldn’t even check out the gift shop. Most of our time here was spent trying to take this photo. Despite that, if you have any desire to see a real, live marionette show, this seems like the place to do it.
Bridget: 2. We couldn’t go in, but they did have free parking! To be honest, I think I preferred that we didn’t have to interact with any puppets or sit through a marionette show.
Chandler: 1. I didn’t like the clown outside the building, and this forced me to spend time outside of our nice, air-conditioned car. Not a ton of fun. Also, fuck those kids having a birthday party.
8. Shopping Cart Races (the overpass on Beverly Blvd between Toluca and Loma)
We made it to the overpass Jimmy, Gretchen, and Edgar hurdled down in a shopping cart, but unlike on the show, there was no convenient hazard cones blocking traffic from running us over. Plus it seemed like too much effort to find a shopping cart. We settled for driving down the hill in neutral with the windows open.
Bridget: 5. I think this one is heavily dependent on finding the right balance of speed and soundtrack. We hit the hill at a perfectly traffic-less moment and while alternating between M83’s ‘Midnight City,’ and the Tarzan soundtrack, which was a solid combination.
Chandler: 7. I got the chance to be super tourist-y and take photos out the window as we coasted down a gentle hill in the middle of Los Angeles. It was relaxing and honestly probably a lot less stressful than going down the hill in a grocery cart.
9. Open House ($2.6 million home in Hollywood)
Sunday Funday concludes at an open house so the characters on the show can eat free cookies and goof around with stranger’s possessions. For us, the open house was like pulling off a heist at the end of the movie. We had no business chatting with a real estate agent about property values or asking about square footage, but we acted our way through it like real Hollywood yuppies. We ended up going to 2 open houses because they were right next to each other, and although we didn’t put an offer in on these houses, the real estate agent was nice enough to tell us about a charming $400,000 house in the Valley that maybe we can afford when we’re 75 years old.
Bridget: 8. When your adult life has been spent shuffling between dorms and cheap apartments with no possibility of property ownership in sight, looking through millions of dollars of rich people’s nice things is extraordinarily thrilling. Knowing that the realtors could instantly tell we were poor and wasting their time but were too polite to kick us out only added to my enjoyment.
Chandler: 5. The preparation for this was a lot more fun than the execution. Creating a story we pretended we would tell to the real estate agent (but never would because we’re not actors and I’m a big chicken) was amusing and a good way to kill a few minutes. Exploring the house was fun enough until we started seeing signs of children and realized this was an actual home for a real family trying to make money on an investment. When we finally had to confront the real estate agent upon exit, it felt almost rude to feign interest in this property that we all knew we would never buy. The house was super nice though!
Bridget: 9. I went into this thinking that it might end up being a chore to get through all these activities in one day. Happily though, it was actually a fun, surprising, and fairly relaxed day despite how much we did. The highlights for me were the petting zoo and the open house, which were things I never would have done on my own or for no reason. Now I can’t wait to go back and feed more zebras! In the end, Sunday Funday accomplished its intended purpose–we had a full day of fun in LA, didn’t spent a whole lot of money, and saw parts of the city I had never been to before. Sunday Funday could be a great weekly tradition–although I would enjoy Sunday Funday just as much if all we did was watch all of You’re The Worst.
Chandler: 7. This was a solid day. Sunday Funday was a nice mix of low-key and high-key activities that forced me to see more of Los Angeles than I had seen during any other day prior. It definitely would’ve been more fun if we had gotten massages and if the Eazy E Memorial was a real thing. Alcohol would’ve also been amazing, though I’m sure we would’ve been kicked out of the open house and I would’ve lost my shit seeing a zebra had we been drinking at all.