John Mulaney

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John Mulaney
John Mulaney.jpg
Mulaney at Bumbershoot in 2010.
Born (1982-08-26) August 26, 1982 (age 32)
Chicago, Illinois, United States[1]
Medium Television, stand-up
Nationality American
Alma mater Georgetown University
Years active 2006-present
Genres Observational comedy
Notable works and roles Former Saturday Night Live writer, co-creator of Stefon with Bill Hader
Website Official website

John Mulaney (born August 26, 1982) is an American actor and comedian best known for his work as a writer on Saturday Night Live (SNL) and as a standup comedian.[2][3]

He is the creator and star of the upcoming Fox sitcom Mulaney. The series is a semi-autobiographical series about his life as a standup comedian and is set to premiere on October 5, 2014.

Early life[edit]

Mulaney was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Ellen (née Stanton), a law professor, and Charles W. Mulaney, Jr., an attorney.[4][5][6] He is of Irish descent.[7] His maternal great-grandfather was George J. Bates, a mayor of Salem, Massachusetts, who also served as a congressman from that state. Mulaney attended St. Clement School and St. Ignatius College Prep.[1] He then attended Georgetown University, where he studied English Literature.[1][8]


Saturday Night Live[edit]

In addition to writing for SNL, Mulaney has appeared on the show's "Weekend Update" segment.[9][10][11] He and SNL actor Bill Hader co-created the recurring SNL character Stefon.[12] Mulaney was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series with the SNL writing staff from 2009-2012.[13] 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.[14]

Stand-up comedy[edit]

In addition to his work on SNL, Mulaney is a prolific stand-up comedian. He has performed once on Live at Gotham, once on Conan, once on Jimmy Kimmel Live, twice on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, twice on Late Night With Conan O'Brien, and once on Comedy Central Presents. Mulaney also released a stand-up comedy album entitled The Top Part in 2009,[15] and a stand-up comedy special called New In Town in 2012. Both were produced with Comedy Central.


Main article: Mulaney

In May 2013, NBC passed on picking up Mulaney's semi-autobiographical sitcom pilot, titled Mulaney.[16] However, in June 2013, Fox Broadcasting Company ordered a new script as the network reviews whether to order the production of several episodes.[17] In October 2013, Fox announced that they picked up the show for a six-episode season order.[18] John Mulaney is the creator, producer, and writer of his eponymous series. Additionally, he is one of the principal actors along with Martin Short.

Personal life[edit]

On July 5, 2014, Mulaney married make-up artist Annamarie Tendler. The couple owns a French Bulldog named Petuniafish. He originally wanted to name her Tamara Petuniafish after actress Tamara Tunie, who plays Medical Examiner Warner on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.[19]


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[9][20] Himself Several episodes
2008 Important Things with Demetri Martin John Mulaney/Green Beret & Writer Several episodes
2009 Saturday Night Live Various roles & Writer Various episodes
2009 Comedy Central Presents Himself Stand-up Half Hour
2010 Mayne Street Dylan Six episodes
2010 Ugly Americans Tony / The In-Between World Guide Two episodes
2012 Funny As Hell Himself Stand-up: Episode #2.2
2012 Kroll Show George St. Geegland Various episodes
2013 The Jeselnik Offensive Himself Two episodes
2013 The Pete Holmes Show Himself One episode
2014 Mulaney John Mulaney Creator, Producer, Writer, Actor


  1. ^ a b c Heidemann, Jason A. (June 17–23, 2010). "Double our pleasure: Two comics with a Chicago past team up at this year’s Just for Laughs fest". Time Out Chicago (277). Retrieved 2010-10-24. 
  2. ^ Holson, Laura M. (January 4, 2013). "The Family Franchise". The New York Times. Retrieved January 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ "John Mulaney: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved 2013-02-12. 
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  8. ^ Tringali, Steven (November 29, 2012). "Joke's on us: Rivalry week comedians heckle the audience and share maybe too much". The Lafayette (277). Retrieved 2013-02-12. 
  9. ^ a b Berman, Mark (July 8, 2010). "Comedian John Mulaney at Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse". Washington Post (Washington, DC). Retrieved 2010-09-01. 
  10. ^ Jada, Juan (April 26, 2010). "John Mulaney Talks About Debuting on Saturday Night Live With His Girl Scout Cookie Tale of Woe". New York Magazine (New York). Retrieved 2010-09-01. 
  11. ^ Tucker, Ken (October 24, 2010). "'Saturday Night Live' review: Emma Stone was rock-solid, and flexible". (Entertainment Weekly). Retrieved 2010-10-24. 
  12. ^ Potts, Kim (September 24, 2010). "'SNL' Star Bill Hader Talks the New Season, Jon Hamm's Return and His 'Surreal Life' Experience with Corey Feldman". HuffPost TV. Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
  13. ^ "John Mulaney". Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 
  14. ^ "Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics 2011". Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 
  15. ^ Mulaney, John (2009). The Top Part. New York: Comedy Central Records. OCLC 317698024. 
  16. ^ Fox, Jesse David. "NBC Passes on John Mulaney's Pilot". Vulture. Retrieved May 10, 2013. 
  17. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 29, 2013). "John Mulaney’s NBC Comedy Pilot Eyes Series Pickup At Fox With Script Order". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  18. ^ Harnick, Chris (October 2, 2013). "John Mulaney Sitcom Gets Series Order At Fox". Huffington Post. Retrieved October 4, 2013. 
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  20. ^ Heisler, Steve (November 1–7, 2007). "May the Best Man Win". Time Out Chicago (140). Retrieved 2010-10-24. 

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