John Mulaney has announced a spate of stand-up shows May 10-14 at New York’s City Winery. That’s a big deal for a couple reasons.
First, Mulaney is one of the great stand-up comedians of his generation, so any new material from him is reason to celebrate. Second, going back to comedy shows following a year on lockdown feels like a sign of better days ahead. Finally, this is Mulaney’s first stand-up set since he checked himself into rehab in December of 2020. He checked out in February and is apparently feeling up to testing out some new material.
Mulaney has been frank about his long battle with addiction, detailing his struggles with drugs and alcohol with wry humor. “I drank for attention,” he told Esquire in 2019. “I was really outgoing, and then at twelve, I wasn’t. I didn’t know how to act. And then I was drinking, and I was hilarious again.” He said cocaine gave him a sense of acceptance and belonging.
“I wasn’t a good athlete, so maybe it was some young male thing of, ‘This is the physical feat I can do. Three Vicodin and a tequila and I’m still standing. Who’s the athlete now?'”
He’s reportedly been doing well since checking out of rehab, and announcing a series of new shows certainly seems like a good indicator of progress. He’s also been doing a little side work writing for Late Night With Seth Meyers so he’s a man of many talents. Hopefully this means we’re back on track for another round of the Sack Lunch Bunch and more musing on Jesus’ greatest miracles too.