“I do have another project I want to do, which is a winter game show called “What Time Is It?” where you look out the window and try to guess what time it is and you’re like, “Oh, it’s probably midnight,” but it’s always 5 p.m.”—John Mulaney, ladies and gents.
John Mulaney is responsible for creating one of the best EVER recurring Saturday Night Live characters we never get tired of: Stefon. (Along with Bill Hader, obvs.) And now we can look forward to watching him in action, starring in his very own not-yet-named sitcom.
The Obama Show (with Seth Meyers) (37x15) (why the hell is this under Amy Poehler skits? LOL fix that Yahoo also change skits to sketches. OK back to the masterpost)Bridal Shower Gifts/Wallis (with Sawyer and Chris Kelly) (37x06)
JOHN MULANEY: You tell a lot of funny stories on the new record. Stuff about being on the road. Were there any you left out that you would like to include here?
ERIC HUTCHINSON: I told a story about playing a private concert for Fergie from Black Eyed Peas. My lawyers advised me to leave it off the record. […] I can’t say much about the Fergie story, except it ends with her trying to feed me a hamburger.
Today it was announced that Fox gave Mulaney a series order. As was speculated when Fox first got involved, it appears the show will undergo some cast changes, with only Mulaney and Martin Short (who plays his boss) sticking around. Hopefully, they’ve already started working on getting Ice-T to guest-star.
Tracy Morgan, Jimmy Fallon, John Mulaney, and more to perform at 19th annual Comics Come Home
Comics Come Home, the longest running live comedy benefit in the US has exclusively revealed its lineup to us and it’s a killer one!
As is tradition, comedian Denis Leary gathers some Boston comedian friends and other big acts in the comedy world to raise money for charity. This year Leary will host comic powerhouses Tracy Morgan, Jimmy Fallon, Tom Cotter, Lenny Clarke, Robert Kelly, Gary Gulman, John Mulaney and Kenny Rogerson.
In it’s 19th year, Comics Come Home takes place in the Boston every fall to benefit the Cam Neely Foundation and it’s various offshoots to benefit cancer patients and their families. Mark your calendars for November 16th at Boston University’s 6,000 plus seat Agganis Arena. The event was founded in 1994 by Leary and Jim Serpico who heads up Apostle, a TV/Film Production and Management company responsible for killer movies and shows like Blow, Rescue Me, Maron, Comedy Central Roasts, The Job, and Shorties Watchin’ Shorties.
Tickets for Comics Come Home 19 will go on sale before Labor Day, stay tuned for we’ll let you know when they do.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7
AN EVENING WITH WANDA SYKES - 8PM - BEACON THEATRE
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8
NICK SWARDSON - 7PM - TOWN HALL
BILL BURR LIVE AT THE BEACON - 7:30PM - BEACON THEATRE
KATHY GRIFFIN: BITE MY BIG APPLE - 8PM - CARNEGIE HALL
WHITNEY CUMMINGS: TOUGH GUY - 9:45PM - TOWN HALL
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9 JOHN MULANEY - 7:00PM - TOWN HALL
JIM JEFFERIES - 8PM - CARNEGIE HALL
AN EVENING WITH BILL MAHER - 8PM - BEACON THEATRE
ANTHONY JESELNIK - 9:45PM - TOWN HALL
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10
LARRY DAVID AND DAVID STEINBERG IN CONVERSATION - 8:00PM - TOWN HALL
Though the news comes earlier than usual, “Saturday Night Live” has already made at least one Chicago hire for its upcoming season. Local improv and sketch performer Claire Mulaney will join the long-running NBC series as a writer, according to sources close to the show. (Typically the show’s producers make such staffing decisions for the new TV season in mid-to-late August.)
Mulaney will find at least one recognizable face at the new job. The 25-year-old Chicago native is the younger sister of current “SNL” writer John Mulaney, the creator and writer behind Bill Hader’s Stefon character. (Her brother also did a sitcom pilot for NBC this year that was passed up, but is currently under consideration at Fox.) A former Second City intern who has logged time on stage at the Annoyance and iO, you can catch her perform Wednesday night at iO (her improv team Dog opens for the improvised puppet show Felt). Her last show at iO will be Aug. 6.
EXCLUSIVE: The untitled John Mulaney/Lorne Michaels multi-camera comedy pilot, which missed the cut at NBC last month, has found a new life at Fox. I’ve learned that Fox has ordered a script, described as a quick pass at the script by Mulaney that got a pilot order at NBC. If the network likes the new version, the project will receive a six-episode series order. I hear Fox brass are big fans of Mulaney and were interested in the project with some script and potential cast adjustments.
TV Club’s Todd VanDerWerff gets right to the problem with NBC here.
NBC passed on Mulaney because though it was liked by “comedy geeks,” NBC executives didn’t like it. Why? Well, EW suggests because NBC is going for a “family theme” in its comedies and “moving away from smarter-narrower-snarkier titles.” This despite the fact that that worked so well for the network last fall. Then there’s the case of The Sixth Gun, based on a popular comic book, which NBC passed on because the network “felt it played too much like a geeky Syfy show and not enough like a big broadcast network show.” This despite the number one drama on TV being about zombies.