John Mulaney was born ‘John Edmond Mulaney’ on August 26, 1982 in Chicago, Illinois. After graduating from St. Ignatius College Prep, in 2000, Mulaney began a degree in English Literature and Religion at Georgetown University. While in college, Mulaney joined the school’s improv group where he met Nick Kroll and Mike Birbiglia. Mulaney often recognizes Birbiglia as the one who taught him how to write jokes as well as giving him the opportunity to open for Birbiglia, when Birbiglia eventually started touring. In 2004, Mulaney graduated from Georgetown and moved to New York City, where he was hired as an office assistant at Comedy Central. By 2008, he earned a writing spot on “Saturday Night Live”, where he worked for six years. Mulaney has been nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys, for his writing contributions on “SNL”, and won an Emmy for “Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics”, at the 63rd Annual Emmy Awards. Since then, Mulaney has released 4 comedy album/specials, appeared multiple times on the late night circuit, and currently does voice over work as a lead character for the Netflix Original series, “Big Mouth”.
This week, Kaizen Komedy looks at the work of John Mulaney. Mulaney is a favorite among comics and the general public, with his comedy writing being recognized as top notch and intentional. Mulaney has a way of bringing a story to life with very few words. Through his use of voices and his grasp on word economy, Mulaney is able to move in and out of act outs, getting to the meat of his jokes very quickly. Though he is generally acknowledged for his writing, his stage presence and performances are just as well crafted and entertaining.
Bits analyzed: Law and Order and Jerry Orbach, A Child with Lawyers, Street Smarts
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