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John Mulaney and Marc Maron Talk 'SNL,' Standup, and 'Mulaney' on 'WTF'

Marc Maron released a brand new episode of WTF today with guest John Mulaney, who talks with Maron at length about his work as a standup, former SNL writer, and creator and star of Fox's struggling freshman sitcom Mulaney. The whole interview is full of insight into Mulaney's career and many SNL memories, like writing monologue jokes with Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Elton John, and Danny DeVito. Here's what Mulaney had to say when Maron asked him about previously being the "heir apparent" of Weekend Update:

Did you want to do Update?

Sure. Of course.

And was it ever offered to you?

It was not offered like [...]

John Mulaney Offers Some Relationship Advice for 'Rookie'

In the latest installment of their ongoing series "Ask a Grown Man," Rookie recently asked John Mulaney to field questions about playing hard to get, breaking up for the first time, unnecessary apologies, and acting awkward around crushes, which Mulaney claims to have tons of experience with: "Look, if he likes you and he can tell that you like him, then it's fine. If he can tell you like him and he doesn't like you back, it's not because of the way you're acting, it's just because he happens to not like you."

John Mulaney Shares His Best Heckler Story with Jimmy Fallon

Here's a clip from John Mulaney's visit to last night's Tonight Show, in which he tells Fallon about what he calls "the best heckle I've ever heard in my life" from a "show" he did next to a beer truck at a campground in Tennessee. Watch more from his interview below:

Bill Hader Explains Why He Turned Down a Stefon Movie

"There had been talk about a Stefon movie. It was a very cordial thing of Lorne Michaels coming to me and [then-SNL writer] John Mulaney and saying 'Paramount is asking about this. What do you guys think?' He pretty much just left it up to us. 'You are the guys who are gonna have to write it, so you decide.' John and I pretty quickly said no. Because in our mind, it never worked as a sketch. It was a nice thing that lived on Weekend Update, and it should probably only live on SNL and that's that."

- Bill Hader explains why he and John Mulaney turned down a [...]

John Mulaney and Nasim Pedrad Talk Leaving 'SNL' for Fox's 'Mulaney'

At TCA over the weekend, former SNLers John Mulaney and Nasim Pedrad got the opportunity to talk about leaving the long-running NBC sketch show to work on the upcoming Fox sitcom Mulaney, which is set to premiere on Sunday, October 5th. Aside from making a joke about how he directly copied Seinfeld, Mulaney went on to describe his intentions behind choosing the more traditional multi-cam format for his show: "I just remember thinking to myself, the type of show I want to do is the type of show that I grew up on. [I thought] it would be really cool to try to do one with my [...]

John Mulaney Looks Back on Meeting the Obamas with Neal Brennan

On a recent episode of Tom Green Live, John Mulaney told the story of how he got to meet the Obamas when he helped write for Seth Meyers's White House Correspondents Dinner performance in 2011. It turns out that introducing himself right after Chappelle's Show co-creator Neal Brennan was not the best technique for getting some love from Barack and Michelle.

'Mulaney' Scores the Lowest Series Premiere Ratings This Fall

John Mulaney's new Fox sitcom premiered last night, and unfortunately the overnight ratings are just as bad as the reviews. According to Variety, the series premiere drew the lowest score of every fall series premiere this year with just 2.3 million viewers — just over 50% of its Family Guy-lead in, which itself was down 50% from last week's Simpsons/Family Guy crossover premiere. Compared to Mulaney, Fox's other comedies did notably better and at least broke the 3 million mark — The Simpsons (4.1M), Bob's Burgers (3.2M), Family Guy (3.7M), and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (3.3M) — so hopefully Mulaney finds a way to rebound next week before getting [...]

John Mulaney on His New Fox Show, 'SNL,' and the Scars of Catholic Schooling

It's been nearly two years since news first broke that standup and former SNL writer John Mulaney landed his very own television show. Since then, Mulaney has evolved from a proposed NBC series to a highly anticipated Fox sitcom with the backing of executive producer Lorne Michaels and an all-star cast including Nasim Pedrad, Martin Short, and Elliott Gould. Ahead of Mulaney's series premiere this Sunday, I recently got the chance to talk with the man who co-created Stefon about how the pilot evolved from NBC to Fox, why he prefers the multi-cam sitcom format, and some of the misleading advice he took during [...]

Watch a 22-Minute Behind-the-Scenes 'Mulaney' Preview

Mulaney's premiere on Fox is a month away, but in the meantime the network released the above 22-minute preview featuring some clips from the show as well as behind-the-scenes interviews with Mulaney, Lorne Michaels, Martin Short, Nasim Pedrad, Seaton Smith, Zack Pearlman, and Elliott Gould. The preview is heavy on clips of Mulaney's standup and light on clips of what he calls the "throwback sitcom" format, but at least we know now that Andre is acceptably annoying because he's a weed dealer.

The Trailer for John Mulaney's Fox Show 'Mulaney' Is Finally Here

It's been nearly 14 months since John Mulaney's sitcom Mulaney was first considered by NBC, and now you can finally watch the trailer, which costars Nasim Pedrad, Seaton Smith, Zack Pearlman, Martin Short, and Elliott Gould and is set to premiere on Fox this fall.

Fox Cuts 'Mulaney' Season Order from 16 to 13 Episodes

After bad ratings and bad reviews, here's some more bad news for Mulaney: THR reports that Fox has wrapped production on the freshman sitcom early and cut its season order down from 16 to 13 episodes, but for now there are no plans to move it from the 9:30pm Sunday night time slot. While Mulaney's ratings fared poorly during its series premiere earlier this month, its second episode saw a 10% increase thanks in part to its Family Guy lead-in — a sign of hope that Fox is counting on. According to THR, Will Forte's midseason sitcom Last Man on Earth will likely take Mulaney's [...]

The Critics Are Not Being Kind to Fox's 'Mulaney'

John Mulaney's sitcom premieres this Sunday, and while fans and critics across the board agree that Mulaney himself is a talented and likable writer/performer, between the endless Seinfeld comparisons (in reviews and the actual show) and the series' long evolution from an NBC pilot to Fox series, he's had to face an unusually harsh response from TV critics over the past few weeks. So far, Mulaney has been called a "contrived, airless comedy" (Huffington Post), "something a dutiful student might have produced for his final project in his 'Tropes and Themes in the 1990s Sitcom' class" (Time), and labeled doomed to fail by The Hollywood Reporter: "There is no saving a show this heinous."

Mulaney's traditional [...]

Paul F. Tompkins and John Mulaney Talk 'SNL,' Shirtless Commercial Auditions, and More

While you're waiting for the series premiere of Mulaney this Sunday, here's the newest installment of Paul F. Tompkins's web series Speakeasy with special guest John Mulaney, who talks with Tompkins about his attempts at "adult talk" as a child, his time as an SNL writer, the power of the phrase "my wife," the pressure of creating and starring in a show called Mulaney, his shirtless Starburst commercial audition, and much more.

Check Out a Preview for 'Mulaney' with Nasim Pedrad, Natasha Leggero, and More

A week ago Fox posted the above sneak peek of the upcoming debut season of Mulaney, and while it's tough to judge a new show based on a 30-second preview, one thing is for certain: "It's Andre!" is going to be the hottest TV catchphrase come October 5th.