Tonight, for the second time in less than a year, John Mulaney is back to host an all-new Saturday Night Live!
Back in 2008, John Mulaney began his long working relationship with Saturday Night Live when he auditioned for the show and was instead hired as part of the SNL Writers’ Room. However, it wasn’t until 10 years later, on April 14, 2018, when Mulaney finally got to host the show. The wait for his second hosting gig wasn’t nearly as long, he actually only had to wait 10 months because tonight at 11:30pm on NBC, SNL announcer Darrell Hammond will introduce John Mulaney as SNL host for a second time. Hopefully Hammond will say “John Mulaney” this time. Last season, Darrell Hammond had a little problem with the comedian’s name and introduced him as as John “Mulvaney,” not once but twice.
Hosting last season during SNL – Season 43 and being back again this season, really puts John Mulaney on the fast-track to the Saturday Night Live Five-Timers Club. At this rate, Mulaney will gain membership in…well, another 3 years. The math wasn’t all that hard.
No matter what you call him, John Mulaney has become an SNL fan favorite. When beloved Saturday Night Live alum Bill Hader returned to the show to host last year during SNL – Season 43, he appeared as popular Weekend Update character, club kid Stefon, a character that Mulaney co-created during his days as an SNL writer. It was during that appearance that John Mulaney slid up to the Weekend Update desk himself next to Stefon as his attorney and conceptual piss artist, Shy. This past January, Mulaney made another surprise Weekend Update appearance when he arrived to do a bit with his pal Pete Davidson who had just recently scared the hell out of his loved ones with an online suicide post. The two hilariously reviewed the latest Clint Eastwood movie, “The Mule” which they had seen together while on the road performing during the holiday break. They also took the time to address Pete’s cry for help. We should expect to see more of Mulaney and Davidson working together on tonight’s show. Their movie review was such a social media success, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the comedy duo reprise the bit on tonight’s Weekend Update.
Mulaney’s relationship with SNL‘s Pete Davidson goes beyond just that single Weekend Update appearance. As mentioned, they went out on the road touring together during Saturday Night Live‘s mid-season break and Pete Davidson’s mid-season breakdown. Currently, they’re co-headlining comedy shows in theaters on a tour called “Sundays with John & Pete.” The two have been performing around New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York together and have more dates coming up. Tickets are available at JohnMulaney.com. The double headliner tour is credited by friends and online insiders as having been a tremendous help to Pete Davidson during his latest mental health crisis. They seem like an unlikely pair, but Mulaney and Davidson are proving opposites attract. At the very least, the two comics are fashion opposites. This was very obvious when John and Pete traded clothes for a performance during their second show a couple of Sundays ago in Red Bank, New Jersey. For a look at the two of them after a trip through each other’s closets, check out the article on the IBang titled, “John Mulaney and Pete Davidson Pull a Freaky Friday.”
Last year when John Mulaney hosted Saturday Night Live, he was promoting his new stand up special “John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City” which premiered last May on Netflix and is currently available for streaming. Mulaney, who has already starred in his own sitcom (“Mulaney“) and was a smash hit on Broadway with his comedy partner Nick Kroll in “Oh, Hello!“, has had a great year since his time hosting SNL. He’s been touring the country with and without Pete Davidson, he wrote for the 2019 Golden Globes hosted by Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh, he voiced a second season worth of episodes of the Netflix animated comedy “Big Mouth” created by Nick Kroll, he co-wrote and starred in what’s been called the best and most ambitious episode of IFC’s “Documentary Now!” titled “Original Cast Album: Co-Op,” a hysterical parody of D.A. Pennebaker’s 1970 documentary about Stephen Sondheim’s “Original Cast Album: Company.” The biggest success of the past year for John Mulaney has to be his voice work in the critically acclaimed box office hit animated film, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” Wait. Make that the Academy Award winning “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” which just won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film. Mulaney’s voice role was a breakout favorite for fanboys everywhere. He provided the voice for Spider-Ham, the Looney Tunes inspired cartoon pig version of Spider-Man from a parallel universe who provides the comic relief for the hit animated superhero film. And just this past Sunday, John Mulaney made his Academy Awards presenter debut when he and Awkwafina (“Crazy Rich Asians” and an SNL host herself this season) awarded the Oscars in the Best Short Film categories.
As for tonight’s SNL, let’s see, what could Saturday Night Live possibly grab from this week’s national news for its cold open, sketches, digital shorts and Weekend Update ? Gee, how about former Trump lawyer and current songbird Michael Cohen’s testimony and questioning in front of Congress??. We’re betting that Ben Stiller was glued to cable news coverage of Cohen’s Congressional Q&A to get ready for a possible return SNL tonight as the man the President and conservatives call a rat and the who the liberals call a redeemed, democracy saving hero. There’s also President Trump’s trip to Vietnam where he failed to reach an agreement with North Korea’s dear leader Kim Jong Un. So, we may see Alec Baldwin return as President Trump playing off the real one who couldn’t convince North Korea to give up their nukes with one of his famously “huuuge” deals. But it’s not like Trump went to ‘Nam (finally) and didn’t bring us anything. He did come home clearing North Korea’s Kim Jong Un of any wrong-doing in the imprisonment, torture and death of college student Otto Warmbier. So, we did get another embarrassing endorsement of a vicious tyrant for Baldwin to use as material.
Other items in the news for Saturday Night Live to parody this evening include the Oscars duet with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper from “A Star is Born” that had everyone gossiping. Cast member Melissa Villaseñor needs to have her brilliant Lady Gaga impression which she recently unveiled on SNL ready to go. Also from the Oscar headlines, there’s Glenn Close going home from the Academy Awards empty-handed yet again. There’s also Jussie Smollett from “Empire” who was arrested and charged with a felony for allegedly faking a homophobic, anti-black hate crime attack on himself by two purported MAGA loving thugs, along with Bryce Harper agreeing to a record-breaking 13-year, $330 million contract with Phillies- the biggest overall free-agent contract in North American sports history, T-Pain being revealed as “The Masked Singer“, the Momo Challenge hoax, the obese rat stuck in an NYC manhole cover grate, and of course, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft getting nabbed by the cops for soliciting sex at a Florida massage parlor.
When John Mulaney hosted Saturday Night Live last season, we saw SNL do a couple of the sketches that Mulaney wrote with different writing partners back when he was part of the Saturday Night Live writing staff years ago. Those originally rejected sketches were produced and brought to life nearly a decade later. One was the outrageous “Diner Lobster“ musical sketch, which was a huge production number parodying “Les Misérables” on Broadway and the other was “Sitcom Reboot” which Mulaney wrote about a TV sitcom creator looking back nostalgically at his 90’s series about a boy and his father who switch bodies and then proceed to try to answer the question on no one’s mind- which one should be sleeping with the mom? We’ll see tonight if Lorne Michaels lets John Mulaney go back through his old SNL files and once again give another retired Mulaney sketch or two a chance to finally live.
We have the promos for tonight’s brand new Saturday Night Live for you to watch below. In the first promo released this week by SNL, we see host John Mulaney reminiscing about the time before he joined SNL as a writer. It’s when he first auditioned to be an SNL cast member. In the promo, we get see several of Mulaney’s many, many, many audition attempts. One even goes as far back as Saturday Night Live‘s inaugural season in 1975. In the next set of promos, Mulaney is joined by musical guest Thomas Rett and cast member Kate McKinnon as they go over some previously rejected SNL promos that Mulaney wrote and couldn’t get on the air. Then we see these “two gorgeous nephews” prepare for an epic Saturday Night Live episode which will be a “singular cultural event,” that is according to Kate McKinnon.
John Mulaney hosts a brand new episode of Saturday Night Live with musical guest Thomas Rhett tonight at 11:30pm et and live across all time zones on NBC!
And next Saturday, it’s another new SNL hosted by Idris Elba with musical guest Khalid!