Didn’t Seinfeld cut that back as the seasons went on? Louis CK does that for his show. I think it’s a great “in” for comedians. That’s their strength, stand-up. And then working off of that sort of beginning, they can get more nuances into the story, characters, etc. I always feel that it’s not for me to criticize anyone’s creative process, especially if they’re brilliant, like Mulaney. I mean, it’s him up there, with his neck on the line. If he feels this is the best way to approach it, I’m not sure it’s up to critics to remark on that. Everyone approaches comedy differently. And if you have someone as smart as Mulaney making that decision, it’s for a good reason.
Mike Sacks, author of How to Poke a Dead Frog, and his thoughts on Mulaney’s similarity to Seinfeld’s stand-up-infused-sitcom-style.