Just two weeks after his fourth time hosting “SNL,” comedian John Mulaney has landed a more permanent NBC television gig, joining his former “SNL” colleague Seth Meyers as a staff writer on NBC’s “Late Night With Seth Meyers.” Watch Mulaney’s first sketch above.
The news was announced by “Late Night” showrunner Mike Shoemaker on Twitter. “John Mulaney likes to work so this week he officially joined Late Night with @SethMeyers as a staff writer,” Shoemaker said. “I hope he stays for 100 years but I will settle for “as long as John wants.”
In the sketch, inspired by pundits who invoked recently deceased political icons like John Lewis and John McCain while celebrating Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump, Mulaney joked about the possibility that ghosts played an actual role in the election. “McCain and Lewis straight-up haunted this election, but they were not the only ones,” Mulaney joked.
“The suburban mom voting bloc was not the deciding factor in this election, but rather angry, middle-class ghosts and ghouls who had maybe supported Trump in 2016, maybe did not, but said at this point, ‘:ook, I’m a ghost, boo, I can’t take four more years of this,'” he continued. Of course like we said, you can watch the full sketch above.
The job adds to a somewhat busy year for Mulaney. Last December he launched his show “John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch” on Netflix; in July the show announced two new holiday-themed episodes which will air on Comedy Central later this year. He also hosted “SNL” twice this year, first back in February during Season 45 and most recently on Halloween.
Of course, what put him on the map was his stint as a writer on “SNL from 2008-2018. In a video from April, Mulaney discussed how he got the job, which notably was offered to him after an unsuccessful audition to be a cast member by none other than Seth Meyers, then head writer of “SNL.” Read more about that here.