John Mulaney is an American actor and comedian. As a writer on “Saturday Night Live” and as a performer, he is well-known. In addition to winning two Emmy Awards, John has been nominated for several more. In 2018, he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special for his film “John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City.”
John Mulaney Childhood
John Mulaney was born on the 26th of August, 1982, in Chicago, Illinois, where his parents now reside. His mother, Ellen, and his father, Charles, were attorneys and partners at Skadden Arps and Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. John grew up as an altar boy because his parents are devout Irish Catholics. In his family, he’s the third of five kids.
John Mulaney’s dream of a career in show business began at a young age. He joined “The Rugrats,” a Chicago-based children’s sketch comedy group when he was seven years old. Home Alone’s Kevin part was given to John by the club, but his parents refused to accept it.
John Mulaney went to St. Clement School in Chicago for middle school, where he and his best friend did skits instead of reports to show what they had learned. John played the character of Wally Webb in “Our Town” at the age of 14. In high school, Mulaney attended St. Ignatius College Prep before enrolling at Georgetown University, where he studied English with a theology minor. John met Nick Kroll and Mike Birbiglia in college when he joined an improv club. He later joined Birbiglia on his stand-up tour, which helped develop a more confident stage presence.
John Mulaney Career
John Mulaney traveled to New York City to pursue a career in comedy after graduating from Georgetown University in 2004. After a short period, Comedy Central hired him as a clerical assistant. After a year of working for the network, John offered “I Love the ’30s,” a spoof of “I Love the ’80s” that he created with fellow comic Nick Kroll but rejected it. By quitting his work, Mulaney focused on his comedy instead of his day job, which had previously been a “distraction” for him.
John Mulaney continued to write and perform for the next four years, and in 2008 he finally earned notoriety after appearing on numerous prominent late-night television shows. “Saturday Night Live” gave Mulaney an audition following his performance on Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” Instead of making impressions, he did stand-up comedy with character-like pieces for his audition. Despite this, John was given a writing position on the show’s writing staff and remained there for four seasons.
Comedian John Mulaney released two stand-up comedy albums and a stand-up comedy special during this period: “The Top Part” and “New in Town.” He and Bill Hader co-created the recurring SNL character “Stefon,” portrayed by Hader, for the show’s Saturday Night Live segment. John was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series with the rest of the SNL writing staff while on the show.
John Mulaney has written for several other television shows, including “Maya & Marty,” “Oh, Hello on Broadway,” “Documentary Now!” and James Franco roast on Comedy Central. Crashing, Portlandia, and Difficult People are just a few of the television shows in which John has appeared in supporting roles.
When it comes to storytelling, Mulaney is known for crafting stories packed with well-observed details and conveying confidence befitting someone who is decades older than he is. His third stand-up special, “The Comeback Kid,” was released in 2015. Netflix aired the program, which critics widely praised. “The Comeback Kid” was nominated for an Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special Primetime Emmy Award in 2016.
In May 2017, Mulaney launched his “Kid Gorgeous” stand-up comedy tour, which lasted two months. His performance at New York’s Radio City Music Hall was captured for a Netflix special titled “John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City” after spending seven nights there. “Kid Gorgeous” won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards. Steve Greene of IndieWire declared the film to be “one of the year’s best writing efforts.”
For the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center in 2017, Mulaney was invited to join Martin Short, Steve Martin, Jimmy Kimmel, Bill Murray, and Norm MacDonald in honoring David Letterman. Upon receiving his award, Letterman said, “John Mulaney, ladies and gentleman, this is the future of comedy.”
In 2019, John Mulaney and Pete Davidson embarked on a comedy tour called “Sundays with Pete & John” for a limited run of sold-out gigs. Later that year, John released “John Mulaney & the Sack Lunch Bunch,” which earned great reviews. Mulaney has hosted “Saturday Night Live” four times over the years, making him the fourth writer to do so while never being a cast member.
John Mulaney Intimate Contexts
John Mulaney married Annamarie Tendler, a cosmetic artist and lampshade maker, in 2014. Friends Dan Levy officiated their wedding in Boiceville, New York. After John had spent a year in recovery the year before, they divorced in 2021. After their breakup, John began seeing actress Olivia Munn, who she had already dated back. Olivia and John found out they were expecting a child in September of 2021. In December 2021, they became parents to a baby boy.
How Did John Mulaney Get So Well-Off?
The SNL actor made a fortune thanks to various roles he took on in the entertainment industry. Upon graduating from college, he landed his first job in 2005 as a receptionist at Comedy Central. In addition to working at the cable channel, Mulaney kept up his stand-up comedy training at venues and competitions. His net worth was believed to be over $2 million at the end of the decade when he appeared on shows including “Live at Gotham, Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” and “Comedy Central Presents.”
Since 2008, John has worked at “Saturday Night Live” as a writer and then a writing supervisor. After his initial appearance on the show, he quickly rose to prominence as one of the show’s most famous comedians.
“Mulaney” premiered on Fox in 2014, when he was already making an estimated $1 million per year. For her shows like “I Love the 30s,” “The Oh, Hello Show,” “Important Things with Demetri Martin,” and “Maya and Marty” that year, he was both a writer and a stand-up comedian. So far, we’ve estimated that his net worth is around $5 million, all from the short-lived sitcom in which he worked as an actor, director, producer, and writer.
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” was Mulaney’s film debut, and he played Peter Porker in the computer-animated feature. He will likely reprise his role in “Cinderella” and “Chip and Dale,” both scheduled for release in 2021. Additional projects include “Marvel Contest of Champions” and several other stage plays and video games.
As of 2022, John Mulaney has accumulated a net worth of approximately $10 million due to his work.