214. Mulaney Makes It

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Yessssss! One of my all time favorite comedy writers (John Mulaney) just got the green light to shoot his very own pilot for NBC. Mulaney wrote the first episode and will also executive produce the multi camera show along with Lorne Michaels. The sitcom is loosely based on Mulaney’s real life. I wonder if his writing partner (Mike O’Brien) will get in on this. I’m crossing my fingers that a certain SNL character will make an appearance. In case you haven’t seen Mulaney’s brilliant creation, his name is Stefon and he is fabulous. Here’s a taste of his genius writing abilities:

Congrats Mulaney! Guess you’re having a pretty good week. I always knew you would make it!

*Note to self: Find out if Mulaney is single (or stalk him post SNL taping at 30 Rock). That’s normal, right?

213. Who’s Funniest?

(credit: Paul Drinkwater)

(credit: Paul Drinkwater)

Rolling Stone just released their list of the 50 Funniest People Now. Some of my favorites made the cut (Mindy Kaling, Aziz Ansari, John Mulaney, Melissa McCarthy). This led me to realize that the Ellen’s and Rosie’s of the world are being pushed out for more quirky, character-type comedians. Take Lena Dunham. Would she have had the same success twenty years ago? Thank God for Kristen Wiig and the Portlandia duo Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein. They’ve led us into a new era of comedy. An era that I hope sticks around for a while.

*Note to self: Call Rachel Dratch and Amy Sedaris. Ask them if they want to make a digital short called On The Rocks. We could sip chilled Patron while discussing today’s biggest issues. Like why they didn’t make the Rolling Stone list. Did I mention we shot the promo already?

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103. Two Hilarious Dudes in Bright Colors

Mike O'Brien (in a nice Irish green) and John Mulaney (in a nice coral/salmon color)

Little did I know that while strolling through NYC on a late summer night back in 2009 with my roommate (Jamie Lee) and her friend that her friend was the John Mulaney.  I knew he worked at SNL but I had no idea the extent of his funniness.  After seeing one of his stand-up shows I left crying (and almost peeing my pants, but that’s a whole other story).  He’s the guy behind Bill Hader’s hilarious character, Stefon, and has just secured a deal with Comedy Central for his own stand-up special.

As for Mike O’Brien, he’s the hilarious SNL writer and guy behind 7 Minutes in Heaven (see post #87), the web series based out of a closet at Rock Center.  He’s brought on everyone from Amy Poehler to Patricia Clarkson and yep, you guess it, he’s sucked face with most of them.

Learn more about this hilarious duo and find out why PAPERMAG just named them two of the most Beautiful People 2012.