Former Saturday Night Live writer John Mulaney makes his Vegas stand-up debut March 6 at the Terry Fator Theatre. Here’s why you should go:
1. He wrote and aired three to four sketches every week on SNL. He’s the Emmy-winning genius who, along with Bill Hader, created Weekend Update’s hilariously clueless city correspondent, Stefon.
2. He’s got tales from SNL’s 40th anniversary show. “I sat in a room with Steve Higgins and Norm Macdonald working on Celebrity Jeopardy,” he says. “I need a three-and-a-half-hour TV special just to talk about it.”
3. Mulaney haters gonna hate. When asked about the harsh reviews of his Fox sitcom, he said: “Doing comedy is like dealing with girls in high school. If they don’t like you right away, they don’t like you. … They just go ‘Eww, no!’ Critics are the same way. They all go, ‘Eww, no!’ right away.”
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5. Mulaney has more in store. “I would love to be on tour,” he says of his future, adding “Nick Kroll and I are putting something together for next fall.”
6. He understands Vegas. While here for his bachelor party, he and his friends wanted to see Britney Spears: “We went up to the VIP desk and I gave them my name. They said ‘We have no tickets for you.’ There’s nothing less VIP-looking than standing in a suit at a VIP desk and being turned away.”
7. Stand-up is his true love. “If I can be in Las Vegas 50 years from now doing a show,” Mulaney says. “I’ll be very happy.”