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Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 12:09AM EDT
Is it Jerry Seinfeld's fault that Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee has "finally run out of gas"?
"What’s next in lazy, car-based, non-comedy?” Zach Galifianakis asked teasingly to Seinfeld on his Comedians in Cars episode. But Galifianakis was asking a pretty good question. When it premiered in 2012, Comedians in Cars featured relaxed and impromptu conversations where insight and promotion weren't the goal, says Hank Stuever. "Now," says Stuever, "the show plays as if Seinfeld has belatedly realized he’s part of a terrible surplus of chitchat, a narcissistic loop of elite gab. A project once meant to illuminate the mutual regard comedians have for one another now plays like one more task they add to their list of appearances on multiple platforms, from the full-glam, late-night appearance to lowly garage-set podcast. In expensive, collectible cars that mainly emphasize the wealth gap between Seinfeld and the audience, celebrities are hopping in with Jerry and finding they have nothing much to say anymore. They’re talked-out. The current season features a surprising degree of disconnect and even boredom with the idea — one dud ride after another: Ellen DeGeneres looks exhausted, almost as if she had the date wrong on her calendar but decided to go ahead and get it over with. John Mulaney, usually so quick on the draw, seems more interested in shopping for a hallway rug than engaging in any sharp interplay with Seinfeld."
Posted Friday 7/06/18 at 3:07PM EDT
John Mulaney discussed with Jerry Seinfeld his failed Fox Seinfeld-like sitcom
The Fox sitcom Mulaney, which ran for 13 episodes in the 2014-15 season, couldn't escape comparisons to Seinfeld. On a new episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Mulaney brought up his terrible sitcom experience. "The experience of doing a sitcom was such a slow process getting it on the air that once it was on the air I felt double confident that this was it," Mulaney told Seinfeld. "And then... uh... and then you show it to people. And they say, 'nope.'" ALSO: "Seinfeld Current Day" Twitter account takes on NBC's Twitter.
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 2:05PM EDT
Comedians in Cars' 10th season to feature Kate McKinnon, Dave Chappelle, Tracy Morgan, John Mulaney and the return of Alec Baldwin
Netflix announced the official lineup for the 12-episode 10th season of Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, which will be the first on its streaming service. Joining the previously announced Ellen DeGeneres and Jerry Lewis (who taped his episode months before his death last August) are Chappelle, his Chappelle's Show co-creator Neal Brennan, Zach Galifianakis, John Mulaney, Dana Carvey, Hasan Minhaj and Brian Regan. Alec Baldwin, who already did a Comedians in Cars episode in 2012, will be the first to return to the series. Season 10 premieres on July 6.
Posted Friday 5/18/18 at 11:54PM EDT
Should stand-up comedy specials avoid politics?
John Mulaney and Ali Wong knocked it out of the park in their recent Netflix specials in part by choosing to go with the personal over the political.
Posted Thursday 5/10/18 at 9:39PM EDT
A retired Chicago police detective "didn't appreciate" being mocked on John Mulaney's new Netflix special
Mulaney devoted about 10 minutes of his Kid Gorgeous standup special to Detective J.J. Bittenbinder, who would come to his school every year to discuss "street smarts." "Go ahead and laugh, his name is ridiculous,” said Mulaney of the cop. The Chicago Tribune caught up with Bittenbinder, who said he "didn't appreciate" Mulaney making fun of his last name.
Posted Sunday 5/06/18 at 2:49AM EDT
Stormy Daniels crashes star-studded SNL cold open
Ben Stiller, Jimmy Fallon, Alec Baldwin, Martin Short, Scarlett Johansson and Kate McKinnon (making her debut as Rudy Giuliani) were all overshadowed by Daniels, who conversed with Baldwin's President Trump by phone. “Sorry Donald, it’s too late for that,” said Daniels when Baldwin's Trump offered to rekindle their alleged affair. “I know you don’t believe in climate change, but a storm’s a-comin’, baby.”
- Stormy Daniels' cameo recalled Monica Lewinsky's SNL appearance in 1999
- SNL takes on Kanye West's tweets with A Quiet Place spoof
- Pete Davidson roasted Michael Che and Colin Jost for hosting the Emmys, calling them a "less entertaining version of Riggs and Murtaugh"
- In his monologue, host Donald Glover recalled auditioning twice for SNL
- In fact, Glover and previous host John Mulaney auditioned for SNL on the same day in 2008 (along with T.J. Miller and Nick Kroll)
- Glover plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers in "Cut for Time" sketch
Posted Tuesday 5/01/18 at 11:02PM EDT
John Mulaney's Kid Gorgeous Netflix special is a milestone in his comedic development
The best part about Mulaney's new special is that he looks like a kid, but his observations are like those of an old man. "A lot of his complaints about modern life are the kind of thing you’d expect to hear from somebody like Jerry Seinfeld or Larry David, comedians in their 60s who have clung defiantly to a 20th-century mindset," says Matt Zoller Seitz. "The incongruity of Mulaney’s relative youth and the long, white beard on his mentality is the source of a lot of his best stuff. It’s fun to pinpoint the nexus of a comedian’s obsession, and he’s showing it to us here, which is why Kid Gorgeous might later be seen as a milestone in his artistic development. It’s the special where he tells us what his Rosebud is, often adopting a weathered voice and hunched-over old man posture reminiscent of Mr. Bernstein delivering his monologue about the girl on the ferry in Citizen Kane."
- Mulaney is unmatched at building his dissection of ludicrousness
- Mulaney delivers one of the year's best pieces of comedic writing
- Mulaney recalls his SNL writing past with Seth Meyers
- Meyers calls Mulaney "the funniest person in America. He’s this combination of great writing and great performing you so rarely see"
- Will Mulaney's Netflix deal change his approach to doing standup?
Posted Tuesday 4/17/18 at 7:01PM EDT
SNL's "Diner Lobster" sketch recalled the show's glory days
John Mulaney and Colin Jost wrote the Les Miserables homage in 2010, but it never made it to air previously because it was too complicated to produce. "It was a hilarious mix of a specific New York City observation (the endless length of diner menus) and theater marginalia," says David Sims, "a quality the sketch shared with another of Mulaney’s recent hits, the stage show Oh, Hello (performed in collaboration with the comedian Nick Kroll). Most of last weekend’s Saturday Night Live had the same niche feeling; the episode was filled with densely plotted sketches aimed more squarely at comedy nerds."
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 11:31PM EDT
SNL's Colin Jost has a bearded past
John Mulaney's throwback photo of the Saturday Night Live cast and writers a decade ago posing as the cast of Mad Men is causing a stir for revealing the "Weekend Update" co-anchor sporting a "JostBeard" back when he was just a writer. ALSO: Mulaney's Mad Men photo, annotated.
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 12:41PM EDT
Darrell Hammond apologizes after mispronouncing John Mulaney's name twice in SNL's opening credits
The SNL announcer explained on Twitter Sunday why he called Mulaney "John Mulvaney" not once but twice: "I was trying to adjust a cue card/plug my show @ImprovKCMO and clearly I am no good at multi tasking," Hammond tweeted. "I really made a dumb mistake and I am sincerely sorry." Mulaney responded: "No apology necessary Darrell. I thought it was hilarious and am only bummed I didn’t think to ask you to do it on purpose." Hammond also posted a clip of himself getting Mulaney's name right during dress rehearsal. ALSO: SNL cut-for-time sketch reveals what happened to The Shape of Water's Fish Man.
Posted Sunday 4/15/18 at 3:10AM EDT
SNL gets Robert De Niro to interrogate Ben Stiller as Robert Mueller and Michael Cohen
Saturday Night Live reunited the Meet the Parents co-stars in this week's cold open to recreate the classic lie detector scene from their 2000 hit movie. "You broke the law. And now we’re going to catch all of you little fockers, you got that?” De Niro’s special prosecutor Mueller told Stiller, playing Trump attorney Cohen. Stiller, who was briefly an SNL cast member in 1989, said as Cohen: "You know how much evidence I have in my office? I’m Donald Trump’s lawyer! I’ve got a whole hard drive that’s just labeled ‘yikes.’”
- Donald Glover to pull double duty on May 5, hosting SNL and performing as Childish Gambino
- SNL spoofs Netflix's Wild Wild Country with the help of alum Nasim Pedrad
- SNL parodies Les Miserables with an insane lobster dinner sketch
- Why did announcer Darrell Hammond mispronounce John Mulaney's name as "John Mulvaney" not once but twice in the intro?
- SNL mocks "Hollywood's reboot fever"
- Mulaney tweets a 2008 pic of the SNL cast and writers dressed as Mad Men for then-host Jon Hamm
- SNL tweets video of Mulaney's closing remarks that NBC cut off
Posted Saturday 4/14/18 at 12:07AM EDT
Recalling John Mulaney's 10 best SNL sketches
The former Saturday Night Live writer-turned-host helped create Stefon and "The Obama Show."
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 5:23PM EDT
John Mulaney experiences massive budget cuts in his first SNL promo
The former Saturday Night Live writer returns to 30 Rock this week with musical guest Jack White.
Posted Thursday 3/29/18 at 2:13PM EDT
John Mulaney is returning to SNL as host
The comedian and former Saturday Night Live writer will host April 14 with musical guest Jack White. Mulaney made a "Weekend Update" cameo just two weeks ago for Bill Hader's episode with his co-creation, Stefon.
Posted Wednesday 3/28/18 at 1:38PM EDT
John Mulaney signs on for stand-up special deal with Netflix
Mulaney's first special to come out of his new pact will be released on May 1 with the title: John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City.