Funnyman Charlie Day delivered a winning commencement speech to his alma mater, Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts, on Sunday.

The It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star and co-creator first joked he was confused as to why he, “a man who’s made a living from pretending to eat cat food” and has “the voice of a ten-year-old smoker,” would be asked to address the graduating class of 2014.

However, Day left graduating seniors with some worthwhile advice – Don’t give a shit!

Day said he was at first anxious to offer his commencement speech, fearing that he could never meet the bar set by past commencement speakers, such as Stephen Colbert at Northwestern and Steve Jobs at Stanford.

But Day said, “I know I will be judged by all those who care to watch on YouTube and compare. But my lesson is this: I don’t give a shit!”

Day said the fear that goes along with taking chances is just part of life. He said, “You cannot let a fear of failure or a fear of comparison or a fear of judgement stop you from doing what’s going to make you great. You cannot succeed without this risk of failure. You cannot have a voice without the risk of criticism. And you cannot love without the risk of loss.”

Day took a similar risk when he turned down a television show on a major network to create It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia with a group of his friends and a home video camera. The show Day turned down only lasted a season, whereas It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia was picked up by FX and will begin its 10th season next January.

So, class of 2014… 20to30 reminds you to ‘not give a shit!’ You gotta’ risk it to get the biscuit!


Thomas Freeman is Texas-transplant and aspiring journalist trying (but often failing) to navigate New York City. A current NYU student, Thomas also writes articles and manages media content for 20to30.

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