Both as a stand-up comedian and for his work as a writer for “Saturday Night Live,” he is well-known in the comedy world. John has been nominated for a number of Emmy Awards and has taken home two of them. In 2018, he was awarded the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special for the film he wrote and directed titled “John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City.”
On August 26, 1982, Mulaney was born in the city of Chicago, in the state of Illinois. Both of his parents were legal professionals; his mother, Ellen, taught at the Pritzker School of Law at Northwestern University, while his father, Charles, was a partner at Skadden Arps. Growing up, John served as an altar boy, which is consistent with his parents’ ancestry as Irish Catholics. He is the third child out of a total of five.
The desire to be in the entertainment industry was something that Mulaney had since he was a little child. When he was seven years old, he became a member of “The Rugrats,” a children’s sketch club that was based in Chicago. Because John was a member of the club, he was given the opportunity to try out for the part of Kevin in the movie “Home Alone,” but his parents declined the opportunity.
At the middle school that Mulaney attended in Chicago, St. Clement School, he and his best buddy used to put on performances based on what they had learned rather than writing reports. These performances took the shape of skits. John played the part of Wally Webb in the production of “Our Town” when he was only 14 years old.
After graduating from St. Ignatius College Prep, Mulaney attended Georgetown University, where he studied English with a concentration on literature and theology with a concentration on philosophy. John first met Nick Kroll and Mike Birbiglia when he was a student at the university and was a member of the improv club there. Later, he became Birbiglia’s tourmate during one of his stand-up comedy tours, which aided in the development of his stage presence.
In 2004, upon completion of his studies at Georgetown University, Mulaney relocated to New York City in order to pursue a career in comedy. Soon after, he was given a position as an administrative assistant at Comedy Central.
After working for the television firm for a year, John tried to sell the idea of a parody of “I Love the ’80s” called “I Love the ’30s,” which he had written with another comic named Nick Kroll. However, the pitch was not successful. After coming to the conclusion that his employment was “preventing him from being a comedian,” Mulaney resigned so that he could devote his whole attention to developing his talent.
John continued to write and perform throughout the course of the subsequent four years, and it wasn’t until 2008 that he finally garnered notice after making appearances on a number of big late-night television shows.
After giving a performance on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” Mulaney was given the opportunity to try out for a role on “Saturday Night Live.” He presented a peculiar audition in which he did not give any impressions, instead opting to perform stand-up comedy with character impressions. John went into the situation with low hopes, but he was offered a position on the show’s writing staff, and he remained in that role for all four seasons.
Mulaney published a stand-up comedy album titled “The Top Part” and a stand-up comedy special titled “New in Town” during this time period. He and the actor Bill Hader collaborated on the creation of the recurrent character “Stefon” for Saturday Night Live, which is portrayed by Hader.
During the time that John worked as a writer for Saturday Night Live, he and the other members of the SNL writing crew were considered for a Primetime Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series.
After leaving “Saturday Night Live,” Mulaney went on to contribute writing to a wide variety of other television projects, such as “Maya & Marty,” “Oh, Hello on Broadway,” “Documentary Now!”, and the “Comedy Central Roast” of James Franco. In addition, John has appeared on the television shows “Crashing,” “Portlandia,” and “Difficult People” in guest-starring and supporting roles.
“The Comeback Kid” was the title of Mulaney’s third stand-up comedy special, which was released in the year 2015. The special was made available on Netflix and was met with widespread appreciation. It was described as “a reminder of everything that makes Mulaney so singular” by David Sims of “The Atlantic.”
He said it was “a reminder of everything that makes Mulaney so singular: storytelling filled with well-observed minutiae, delivered with the assurance of someone decades older than 33.” In 2016, John’s writing for “The Comeback Kid” was recognized with a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special.
In May of 2017, Mulaney kicked up his stand-up comedy tour titled “Kid Gorgeous,” which ran for a total of two months. He performed for a total of seven nights at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City. One of his shows there was captured on camera for a special that will be available on Netflix titled “John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City.”
The movie was well-received by critics, and Steve Greene, writing for IndieWire, referred to it as “one of the year’s best works of writing” in his review. John was awarded the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special for his work on the show “Kid Gorgeous” at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards.
In 2017, Mulaney was asked to join the likes of Martin Short, Steve Martin, Jimmy Kimmel, Bill Murray, and Norm MacDonald in paying tribute to David Letterman at The Kennedy Center, where Letterman was receiving The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The event was intended to celebrate Letterman. During the time that Letterman was accepting his award, he made a point of recognizing John by stating, “John Mulaney, this is the future of comedy, ladies and gentlemen.”
In 2019, Mulaney participated in a comedy tour alongside Pete Davidson under the name “Sundays with Pete & John,” which was a limited run of gigs that were all completely sold out.
Later on, in that same year, John published a children’s musical comedy special titled “John Mulaney & the Sack Lunch Bunch,” which was well welcomed by critics. Mulaney has served as host of “Saturday Night Live” four times during the course of his career, which makes him the fourth SNL writer in history to do so despite the fact that he has never been a cast member on the show.
Annamarie Tendler, a cosmetics artist and lampshade craftsman, and Mulaney tied the knot in the year 2014. Their good friend Dan Levy presided over the wedding, which took place in Boiceville, New York, and was held there. After John had checked himself into treatment the previous year, the couple decided to end their marriage and divorced in 2021. Following their breakup, John had a relationship with the actress Olivia Munn. John and Olivia made the happy announcement that they were going to be parents in September of 2021. In December of 2021, they became parents to a son.
What is John Mulaney’s net worth?
John Mulaney is a well-known comedian and actor in the United States, and his net worth is now estimated to be $10 million.