Monday, June 24, 2024

John Mulaney Adds 9 New Shows to City Winery Run After Last Week’s Sell Out Despite (or Because of) Tabloid Scandals


John Mulaney is either stoking his gossip fire or doing goldmine business because of it.

Either, he sold City Winery last week. So this morning at 9am they’re putting on 9 more shows from May 23-31st. You have to buy the tickets on the City Winery website. My guess is they will sell out instantly beginning at 9am today.

I’m told there’s a chance Mulaney will do a couple more runs like this before the end of June.

Michael Dorf has worked magic at City Winery, opening a beautiful new venue for music, comedy, dining, and wining on the Hudson River at 16th St. It’s really the Miracle on the Hudson.

The new place is gorgeous. The stage repurposed in part from their old home on Varick Street, is generous to music artists. I had a grand time there a couple of weeks ago seeing Patti Smith in her trio.

Mulaney’s show is called “From Scratch.” But it’s anything if not calculated. I don’t know about the publicity, but the stuff that’s come out since he began his run there is extraordinary. First it was his divorce from wife Anna Marie Tendler after six years. Then it was news of his dating actress Olivia Munn. Yesterday someone leaked that Tendler was so shaken by Mulaney’s addictions, rehab, and the affair with Munn that she checked herself into rehab for depression. Can you blame her?

Mulaney went from sympathetic to suspect in ten seconds. He swapped his natty suits for a little boy’s polo shirt and jeans. I do feel like he’s gaming the audience, but what do I know? His fans are legion. He went from biting satirical observations to morose loner. I guess whatever works.

One joke Mulaney certainly can’t tell now: Take my wife, please.


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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