'Modern Family' Co-Creator to Give University of Wisconsin Commencement Speech

Steven Levitan

'Modern Family's' Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell) made the announcement.

Phil Dunphy from Modern Family can't understand why the University of Wisconsin would invite a guy named Steven Levitan to deliver its spring commencement address.

Levitan explains in a video released Wednesday by UW-Madison that he was picked because he is a 1984 graduate who went on to help create the hit TV show Modern Family. Levitan tells a bewildered Dunphy that he, in fact, is just a character on the show and not real.

Dunphy is played by Ty Burrell, who is along for the joke in the announcement video. Burrell never breaks character even as Levitan says that as his creator, he can just as easily make Dunphy go away.

The final shot of the video shows Levitan sitting alone on the Dunphy family couch. Watch the video below. 

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