John Mulaney Net Worth

How much is John Mulaney worth?

Net Worth:$7 Million
Profession:Professional Comedian
Date of Birth:August 26, 1982
Country:United States of America
Height:
1.83 m

About John Mulaney

John Mulaney, whose full name is John Edmund Mulaney, is an American actor, stand-up comedian, producer, and writer. He’s best known for his work as a writer and stand-up comedian on “Saturday Night Live”. For his acclaimed stand-up specials “The Top Part”, “The Comeback Kid”, New in Town”, and “Kid Gorgeous” he has won many awards, including two Primetime Emmys and many nominations.

American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and producer John Mulaney has a net worth of $7.5 million dollars, as of 2021. Mulaney is best known for his work as a writer on Saturday Night Live.

How Did John Mulaney Get So Rich?

The SNL superstar became rich thanks to his many transformations in projects from the show business. His first job came in 2005, as an office assistant at Comedy Central. At the same time while he was working at the cable channel, Mulaney continued to improve his stand-up comedy skills at venues and competition shows. Towards the end of the decade, he landed roles in “Live at Gotham”, “Jimmy Kimmel Live”, “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”, and “Comedy Central Presents” and earned a little over $50.000.

Since 2008, John began working as a writer and then writing supervisor at “Saturday Night Live”. Just a few months later, after his first stint on the show, he became one of the leading comedians on the show. That year, he also began working as a writer and leading stand-up comedian for her shows such as “I Love the 30s”, “The Oh, Hello Show”, “Important Things with Demetri Martin”, and “Maya and Marty”. In 2014, while making more than $350.000 per year, he landed his own Fox sitcom titled “Mulaney”. From the short-lived show, in which he was an actor, director, producer, and writer, he earned a little over $25.000.

Why is he so famous?

John Mulaney is famous for his many stints on “Saturday Night Live”, where he worked as a stand-up comedian, producer, television host, and writer. He was born on August 26, 1982, in Chicago, Illinois. He’s the first of two children to Charles and Ellen Mullaney. Both John and his sister Claire were born and raised in Chicago. His father was an attorney and a partner at the law firm Skadden Arps. His mother worked as a professor at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.

He attended the St. Ignatius College Prep from which he graduated in 2000. John then enrolled at Georgetown University (where his parents earned their alma meter). After he earned his major in English and minor in theology, he joined the improv group of his school, where he met Mike Birbiglia and Nick Kroll. Shortly after that, he joined Birbiglia on his stand up comedy tour, where he was able to improve his stage presence. In 2004, he moved to New York City with the ambitions to become an actor and stand-up comedian.

What Makes Him So Successful?

Being able to act in many productions, while doing stand-up comedy and playing in the theatre is what makes John Mulaney so successful. At the peak of his career, in 2015, he landed the role of Simon Sawyer in the mockumentary “Documentary Now”, where he has also been working as a producer and writer. He spent the next couple of years starring in the television specials “Night of Too Many Stars”, “Oh, Hello on Broadway”, “Big Mouth”, and the annual “Independent Spirit Awards”.

In 2018, Mulaney made his film debut in the computer-animated superhero film “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”, voicing the role of Peter Porker. He reprised his role in two other films and is expected to play major characters in the films “Cinderella” and “Chip and Dale”, set for release in 2021. Apart from the aforementioned projects, he also participated in various theatre plays and video games, including “Marvel Contest of Champions”.

Summing-Up

John Mulaney might not be one of the richest comedians but he certainly is one of the most hilarious. The SNL actor first gained a lot of popularity when he began working as a writer and comedian on “Saturday Night Live”. Shortly after, thanks to his highly praised skills, he was asked to work in many film and television productions.

Over the course of his prospering career, he has produced and released five stand-up comedy specials, starred in numerous films, television series, and video games, and, his abilities have earned him a few awards and nominations, with the most notable being two Primetime Emmys and one Peabody Award.

Quick Facts:

  • Mulaney is a stand-up comedian who performs smart, articulate, ironically detached comedy without being pretentious.
  • John Mulaney was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois.
  • He was in his first sketch comedy group, called The Rugrats, at age 7.
  • His first stand-up performance was in New York in 2003, when he was just 21 years old.
  • He joined the writing staff of Saturday Night Live in 2008.
  • His first album, The Top Part, was released in March of 2009.
  • In April 2009, Mulaney’s own Comedy Central Presents stand-up special premiered.
  • His second album (and first hour-long Comedy Central special), New in Town, was released in January 2012.

The Top Part Review

John Mulaney’s debut stand-up album, The Top Part, is remarkably assured for a first effort. Sharply written, expertly timed and delivered with a refreshing lack of pretense, the album is even more impressive given the fact that it was recorded when Mulaney (who, in his day job, is a writer for Saturday Night Live) was just 26 years old.

What I like about the album — and about Mulaney in general — is that he doesn’t have an obvious “hook.” He hasn’t gone to great lengths to create some comedic persona or be known as the “fill-in-the-blank” guy. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a voice (something I’ve harped on other comics for in the past). He sees the world with a bit of amused detachment, and is simply funny in an unassuming way. Sometimes, funny is enough.

The Top Part finds Mulaney riffing on cheap drinks (and why they can kill you), drag queens (and why they’re so mean), the virtues of playing Tom Jones on a jukebox and, best of all, TV’s Law & Order. The latter bit is destined to be a kind of pop culture classic, not unlike Jim Gaffigan‘s “Hot Pockets” routine; Law & Order is so ubiquitous and so many people have seen it, but no one’s ever broken it down like Mulaney. When you actually think about how he describes the show, it becomes totally obvious. That’s also why it’s so funny. It’s truth hiding in plain sight.

The Best So Far

I was already a fan of Mulaney from his days on Best Week Ever and from when I saw him performing with the Comedians of Comedy, but this album even snuck up on me. I laughed loudly and consistently as I listened, but it wasn’t until I had heard the whole thing that I realized just how consistent it was — there isn’t a bad bit on it — and how well it was structured, building to a long and funny story about Tom Jones and a jukebox.

2009 is only a third of the way over, but The Top Part is on an early shortlist of the best stand-up albums of the year so far. Mulaney is likely going to blow up very soon, and he absolutely deserves it. The Top Part is proof of that.

New in Town Review

I’m such a fan of comedian John Mulaney’s 2009 debut stand-up album, The Top Part, that I was very cautious in approaching his follow-up, New in Town. In theory, he had years to write and sharpen the material on his first album, and only two years to put this one together — and that’s in addition to his duties as a writer and producer on Saturday Night Live. He set a high standard for himself, and I didn’t want to be disappointed by something that’s less than great. Luckily, having now heard New in Town, I can say that’s not a problem. It’s another great stand-up album from one of the best and most promising young comedians working today.

There’s a tendency with a lot of comedy classified as “observational” to go as broad as possible in the hopes of being more universal, but all that usually does is call attention to how broad and calculated the bits seem. John Mulaney understands that the more specific you are — not necessarily about your own experiences, but about your observations — the more relatable the jokes become. It’s why he begins with premises that are narrow and then goes even deeper, like a routine about Law & Order: Special Victims Unit that works as a standalone joke if you’ve never seen the show, but which becomes funnier when you have and realize just how spot on his criticisms are (the same could be said of the brilliant Law & Order routine on The Top Part; the long-running Dick Wolf series is to Mulaney as Hot Pockets are to Jim Gaffigan). It’s the attention to odd little details that make his bits so funny, like a bit about how easy it once was to commit crimes (which quickly devolves into a riff on old gangster movie cliches) or comparing a pack of girlfriends to a heist movie. He zeroes in on super specific details, and the humor comes not just out of how well-observed they are, but how true, too.

Not that all of New in Town is all specific-obsessive observational comedy. Mulaney is also a gifted storyteller, and that’s where the album shows growth even over The Top Part. He’s not afraid to get more personal here, and while it never turns into full-on confessional, we do get a better sense of who Mulaney is this time out. From stories about his days as a hard-partying teenager to the story about Xanax that closes out the album (and which I’ve seen him tell live), which becomes an absurdist epic almost on par with the “What’s New, Pusscat?” story from The Top Part, Mulaney expertly weaves personal anecdotes in with the jokier observational stuff without ever making it seem like his set is shifting gears or jerking around. And, of course, there’s the track that inspired the title, which I wouldn’t dream of spoiling here except to say that Mulaney demonstrates an ability with words — as well as the timing and know-how to structure a joke — to rival a comic even as literate as, say, Patton Oswalt.

Like Louis C.K.’s album, Hilarious, which was released in the first month of 2011 and had every subsequent comedy album held against it in comparison (and which ultimately wound up being my favorite album of the year), New in Town throws down a gauntlet early in 2012 that will be difficult to match. Mulaney’s comedy is accessible to everyone without ever feeling compromised or dumbed down. It’s smart, it’s honest and it’s incredibly funny. As nervous as I was about approaching his second album, I’m already anxious about what he’s going to put out next. It’s easy to get spoiled by albums as good as New in Town.

Additional Facts:

  • In addition to writing for SNL, Mulaney was a frequent contributor to VH1’s Best Week Ever and a writer for the Comedy Central sketch comedy Important Things with Demetri Martin.
  • Mulaney has toured alongside Patton Oswalt, Maria Bamford and Brian Posehn with the Comedians of Comedy and opened for Mike Birbiglia on the “Secret Public Journal Live” tour.

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