Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Seth Meyers Late Night Show Adds Star Writer to Staff: Producer Tweets “John Mulaney Likes to Work”


This is a surprise. John Mulaney, who’s hosted “Saturday Night Live” twice this year, has joined “Late Night with Seth Meyers” as a staff writer.

Mulaney is a star in his own right, so this is unusual. But he also needs to eat and pay bills. With live performances shutdown by the pandemic, Mulaney’s options right now are limited. The late night talk shows are the only game in town.

Last night he appeared in a very funny sketch with Seth that may have been an extension of one last week. (He’s wearing the trench coat and sunglasses.) When I was watching this thing last night I was thinking, this is genius. And so I guess the producers did, too.

Mulaney still works with Nick Kroll on their hilarious “Oh Hello” podcasts and performances. Maybe they’ll appear on Late Night doing that. It’s sort of the modern day version of Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks doing the 2,000 Year Old Man.

PS Late Night has a lot of talent, that’s for sure. Amber Ruffin is their diamond in the rough. She’s got her show on Peacock, wherever that is.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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