John Mulaney

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John Mulaney
John Mulaney at PaleyFest 2014.jpg
Mulaney in 2014
Birth name John Edmund Mulaney
Born (1982-08-26) August 26, 1982 (age 36)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Medium
  • Stand-up
  • television
Alma mater Georgetown University
Years active 2004–present
Genres
Subject(s)
Spouse
Website Official website

John Edmund Mulaney[1] (born August 26, 1982) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and producer. He is best known for his work as a writer on Saturday Night Live and as a stand-up comedian with stand-up specials The Top Part, New in Town, The Comeback Kid, and Kid Gorgeous.[2][3] He was the creator and star of the short-lived Fox sitcom Mulaney, a semi-autobiographical series about his fictional life.

Early life[edit]

Mulaney was born in Chicago, Illinois,[4] the son of Ellen (née Stanton), a law professor at Northwestern University, and Charles W. "Chip" Mulaney, Jr., an attorney and partner at Skadden Arps, who is of Irish Catholic descent.[5][6][7][8] Mulaney's maternal great-grandfather was George J. Bates, a Republican mayor of Salem, Massachusetts, who also served as a congressman from that state. His maternal great-uncle is William H. Bates, who also served as a U.S. congressman.[9][10] Coincidentally, Mulaney's grandmother, Carolyn Stanton, and Hilary Meyers—mother of Mulaney's future Saturday Night Live coworker Seth Meyers—performed together in a hospital benefit show in Marblehead, Massachusetts, called Pills A Poppin' directed by Tommy Tune, then 19.[11][12]

Mulaney's parents both attended Georgetown University and Yale Law School with future president Bill Clinton, whom Mulaney met in 1992.[13][14] Growing up, Mulaney was an altar boy. He is the third of four children.[15]

From watching the lifestyle of the character Ricky Ricardo on the program I Love Lucy, Mulaney knew he wanted to go into show business at the age of five.[16] At the age of seven, Mulaney had an opportunity to audition for the role of Kevin in the film Home Alone, but his parents declined.[6] For junior high, he attended St. Clement School[17] where, in lieu of doing reports, he and his best friend, John O'Brien, would offer to perform what they had learned in the format of a skit.[6] Mulaney would also frequent the Museum of Broadcast Communications, where he would watch archived episodes of shows such as I Love Lucy or The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.[6] He attended St. Ignatius College Prep where he graduated in 2000. Mulaney then enrolled at Georgetown University, where he studied English Literature and Religion.[4][18] He joined the school's improv group, and met Nick Kroll and Mike Birbiglia.[16] He later joined Birbiglia on his stand-up tour, which improved his stage presence.[16]

Career[edit]

After graduating from Georgetown in 2004, Mulaney moved to New York City with ambitions of a career in comedy, and was hired as an office assistant at Comedy Central.[6] After a year, he pitched the idea for a parody of the I Love the '80s called I Love the '30s, which he developed along with fellow comedian Nick Kroll.[6]

Saturday Night Live[edit]

After first working as a commentator on Best Week Ever, Mulaney auditioned for Saturday Night Live in August 2008, along with Kroll and T.J. Miller.[6] Mulaney won a spot on the writing team, where he remained for six seasons.[6] He also occasionally appeared on the show's Weekend Update segment.[19][20][21] He and SNL actor Bill Hader co-created the recurring SNL character Stefon.[22][23] Mulaney was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series with the SNL writing staff from 2009–2012.[24] Mulaney won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards with Justin Timberlake, Seth Meyers and Katreese Barnes.[25] Mulaney returned to host Saturday Night Live on April 14, 2018, making him the third SNL writer (after Conan O'Brien and Larry David) to host SNL despite never being promoted to a cast member.

Stand-up comedy[edit]

In addition to his work on SNL, Mulaney has worked for a number of years as a stand-up comedian. He has performed on Live at Gotham, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Late Night With Conan O'Brien, and Comedy Central Presents. Mulaney also released a stand-up comedy album titled The Top Part in 2009,[26] and a stand-up comedy special called New In Town in 2012. Both were produced with Comedy Central. He frequently tours his comedy shows, sometimes with his Mulaney co-star Seaton Smith.[citation needed] He performed at the 2008 Bonnaroo Music Festival.[27]

Mulaney's third stand-up comedy special titled The Comeback Kid was released on November 13, 2015, on Netflix. His second stand-up show, New In Town, which premiered on Comedy Central in 2012, is also on Netflix. The Comeback Kid received critical acclaim,[28] with David Sims of The Atlantic calling it "a reminder of everything that makes Mulaney so singular: storytelling rich with well-observed details, delivered with the confidence of someone decades older than 33."[29] In 2016, Mulaney received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special for The Comeback Kid, losing to Patton Oswalt's Talking for Clapping.[30]

Mulaney's fourth stand-up comedy tour, Kid Gorgeous, kicked off its first leg in May 2017, concluding in July of that year.[31] A second leg began September 2017 in Colorado Springs, Colorado[32] and concluded April 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida.[33] The tour featured seven shows at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in February 2018,[34] one of which was filmed for another Netflix special.[35] Kid Gorgeous was met with critical acclaim,[36][37][38] with Steve Greene of IndieWire calling it "one of the year’s best pieces of writing."[39] At the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, Mulaney received a nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special for Kid Gorgeous.[40]

Mulaney[edit]

"I wanted to do the type of live-audience multi-camera sitcoms that I grew up on."

John Mulaney, Maclean's[41]

In May 2013, NBC passed on picking up Mulaney's semi-autobiographical sitcom pilot, titled Mulaney.[42] In June 2013, Fox Broadcasting Company ordered a new script while considering whether to order the production of several episodes.[43]

In October 2013, Fox announced that they picked up the show for a six-episode season order.[44] Mulaney was the creator, producer, and writer of his eponymous series until its cancellation in May 2015.[45] The series received poor reviews, [46][47][48][49] including playwright and The New York Times TV critic Neil Genzlinger's, who wrote "It rips off Seinfeld so aggressively that in Episode 2 it even makes fun of its own plagiarism. But one thing it forgot to borrow from Seinfeld was intelligence."[50]

George St. Geegland[edit]

Mulaney regularly performs as George St. Geegland, an elderly man from the Upper West Side of New York. St. Geegland and fellow New Yorker Gil Faizon (portrayed by Georgetown classmate and comedian Nick Kroll), host a prank show called Too Much Tuna in which contestants are given sandwiches with too much tuna fish.[51] Mulaney has toured the United States alongside Kroll in a show called Oh, Hello, with both in character as George St. Geegland and Gil Faizon, respectively. The show premiered on Broadway on September 23, 2016, and concluded its run on January 22, 2017. The Broadway production was filmed and released on Netflix on June 13, 2017.[52] Steve Martin was the celebrity special guest, with a bonus clip showing Michael J. Fox as the guest. Matthew Broderick appeared as himself in a brief cameo towards the end of the special.

Personal life[edit]

On July 5, 2014, Mulaney married makeup artist and lampshade artisan Annamarie Tendler. Mulaney and Tendler had their wedding ceremony performed by friend Dan Levy.[13]

Mulaney had a drinking problem in the past, and no longer drinks alcohol.[6]

Works[edit]

Comedy specials[edit]

Year Title Distributor
2009 The Top Part Comedy Central
2012 John Mulaney: New in Town Comedy Central
2015 John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid Netflix
2018 John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City Netflix

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Live at Gotham Himself Episode: "1.3"
2007 Late Night with Conan O'Brien Himself Episodes: "7 June 2007" & "15 February 2007"
2007 Human Giant Various Episode: "24 Hour Marathon"
2008 Best Week Ever[19][53] Himself 4 episodes
2008 Important Things with Demetri Martin John Mulaney/Green Beret 2 episodes; also writer
2008–2018 Saturday Night Live Various roles 7 episodes; also writer
Won—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics (2011)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Series (2012)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series (2009–12)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special (2013, 2015)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics (2012)
2009 Comedy Central Presents Himself Stand-up half hour
2010 Mayne Street Dylan 6 episodes
2010 Ugly Americans Tony / The In-Between World Guide (voice) 2 episodes
2011, 2017 The Chris Gethard Show Himself Episodes: "The Kickboxer Episode" & "Innocuous Opinions, Dire Consequences"
2012 John Mulaney: New in Town Himself Stand-up special
2012 Funny As Hell Himself Episode #2.2
2013–2015 Kroll Show George St. Geegland 11 episodes
2013 The Jeselnik Offensive Himself 2 episodes
2013 The Pete Holmes Show Himself Episode: "John Mulaney"
2014–2015 Mulaney John Mulaney 13 episodes; also creator, producer, writer
2015–present Documentary Now! Writer/co-writer of 5 episodes, consulting producer (season 1, episode 4), co-executive producer (season 2)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series (2017)
2015–2016 The Jim Gaffigan Show Himself 4 episodes
2015 John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid Himself Stand-up special
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special (2016)
2016 Lady Dynamite James Earl James Episode: "Pilot"
2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! George St. Geegland Episode: "The Lonely Island Wear Dark Pants and Eyeglasses"
2016 Maya & Marty Writer (6 episodes)
2016 Difficult People Cecil Jellford Episode: "Unplugged"
2017 32nd Independent Spirit Awards Himself (host) Television special
2017 Oh, Hello on Broadway George St. Geegland Television special
2017–present Big Mouth Andrew Glouberman / Mint / various voices 10 episodes; also consulting producer
2018 Crashing Himself Episode: "Too Good"
2018 33rd Independent Spirit Awards Himself (host) Television special
2018 Portlandia George St. Geegland Episode: "Peter Follows P!nk"
2018 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) Episode: "John Mulaney/Jack White"
2018 John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City Himself Stand-up special
Pending—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special (2018)

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2018 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Peter Porker / Spider-Ham Voice role

Discography[edit]

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