The Power of John Mulaney

By Danielle Julien

On average, I say the phrase “now I’ve thrown him off his rhythm” to myself at least three times a day, and it’s usually when I’m caught walking on the sidewalk or down a hallway and I have to do that awkward sidewalk shuffle to get out of someone’s way. There’s only one man I have to thank for this phrase, and his name is John Edmund Mulaney.

If you would have asked me last year who John Mulaney was, I wouldn’t have been able to tell you. But now if you were to ask me I’d tell you he’s the literal love of my life. And that’s the truth. I was drawn to his comedy special Kid Gorgeous on Netflix in August and since then I’ve rewatched it four times. His other two specials, The Comeback Kid and New Kid in Town are great too, but there’s something about Kid Gorgeous that sets it above the rest.

Maybe it’s the ornate Radio City stage he walks on, or his beautiful maroon tux jacket, or the fact that all of his stories are laughable even if they don’t apply to you. The one I’ve found most applicable is his bit about college. I won’t spoil it, but let’s just say if you ever overhear someone in Brody saying “I gave you $120,000 and you spent it already” in a weird voice, it’s probably my friends and I laughing about the joke for the 2 millionth time. Another aspect of Kid Gorgeous that makes it top notch is Mulaney’s bit on politics. He uses the most accurate metaphor for the White House today that I’ve ever heard, and it’s absolutely brilliant.

Mulaney’s line delivery and stage presence are always perfect, too, and although he’s speaking into a microphone for 6,000 people in an audience, it feels like he’s speaking right to you. He owns the stage in every show, often using his ridiculously long legs to pace back and forth. I love every second of it.

If you haven’t seen any of his shows I would wholeheartedly recommend them to you. They’re great to watch when you can’t sleep at night, with a group of friends, or even in the background while you’re doing work. Let this incredibly talented noodle-legged 36-year-old make you laugh for an hour. You might even learn how to save yourself from a kidnapper. Street smarts!

*Image from DPAC


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