Saturday Night Live recap: John Mulaney

Saturday Night Live recap: John Mulaney

Saturday Night Live

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Some of the brightest stars to come out of Saturday Night Live never got any screen time. Comedians like Conan O’Brien, Bob Odenkirk, Larry David, Hannibal Buress, and Stephen Colbert all famously worked on the show’s writing staff but were never invited to join the cast and step on stage. Occasionally a writer will get promoted to cast member — like Tina Fey, Jason Sudeikis, and Leslie Jones — but many of them reach their highest heights long after they’ve left the show.

John Mulaney is one such writer. The comedian made a name for himself working on the writing staff for five years, until he left in 2012 to star in his ill-fated Fox sitcom Mulaney. During his tenure on SNL, Mulaney popped up as himself for the occasional Weekend Update bit, but he was best known as one of the show’s sharpest, most off-kilter writers, helping to create memorable characters like Stefon and Herb Welch. Since leaving, Mulaney’s star has only risen, and although his sitcom was a slight hiccup, he’s earned a hardcore comedy nerd fanbase for Oh, Hello on Broadway with Nick Kroll, Big Mouth on Netflix, and, of course, his standup specials.

And now, with another standup special hitting Netflix soon, he returned to Studio 8H, this time as a star. But not a big enough star that he wasn’t introduced twice as “John Mulvaney,” which is exactly the kind of mistake the comedian would self-deprecatingly joke about in his standup. But if the general reaction to his hosting announcement was a mix of shocked delight and “uh, who?” Mulaney proved himself as a more than capable host, and the resul

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