On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, comedian John Mulaney shared his plan for New York City if elected mayor.
John Mulaney has made a career out of observing everyday life in a way few other people can do. Up until now, Mulaney has applied those talents to comedy. But it sounds like the comic is ready to apply that keen eye for detail to politics in a bid for mayor of New York City.
Though not a New York City, Mulaney has made his adopted home the focal point in much of his comedy. He’s referenced life in New York during his stand-up specials on Netflix and has brought the oddities of the city to life in some of Saturday Night Live‘s most popular sketches and characters.
Now it seems like Mulaney has turned his attention to politics. It’s an election year and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg is front and center in the Democratic race (albeit for the wrong reasons). So perhaps the comedian is caught up in the mania and convinced he could turn New York City around.
Mulaney laid out his plan on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. In front of a New York audience, this week’s Saturday Night Live host made his first official campaign pitch:
Honesty is probably the most desirable trait in any politician. John Mulaney seems to understand this well, admitting that he wouldn’t be a good mayor. Still, he’d probably get a better reception than Bill de Blasio at a Paul Simon concert. And if he can fix traffic problems, then the public would surely give him more than two years on the job.
Mulaney already has his attack ads ready. His rivalry against Mayor de Blasio has apparently been brewing for a while as the comedian recalled the jokes he wrote at the mayor’s expense ahead of a charity benefit. It’s funny that Mulaney compared the charity to an event the Joker would crash and then a moment later described “surprise guest” Bill de Blasio as dressed like a clown.
Mulaney’s story suggests that he may want to run for mayor not to improve the city after all. It may be just another step in defending Lorne Michaels’ honor after Mayor de Blasio questioned his New Yorker status. Politics is a dirty game but Mulaney sounds like he’s eager to play.
Before John Mulaney can save New York City, he’ll look to get Saturday Night Live back on track after a week off. He’s hosting tomorrow night with musical guest David Byrne. Check back with Last Night On for all the highlights.