Preview: John Mulaney talks From Scratch and returning to comedy on Conan’s podcast

John Mulaney and Conan O'Brien (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
John Mulaney and Conan O'Brien (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images) /

Comedian John Mulaney is slated to be the next guest on the Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend podcast. In a preview for the episode, Mulaney and Conan O’Brien dove into the writing process for Mulaney’s “From Scratch” tour.

Mulaney and O’Brien have a lot in common. Both got their start as writers for Saturday Night Live and both are considered highly influential in their respective eras.

It was only a matter of time before Mulaney checked in with O’Brien on the podcast. The stand-up comedian was a frequent guest on O’Brien’s late-night TV shows, making sure to cite Conan as a comedy inspiration.

Mulaney’s episode of Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend will be released on Monday, May 2. In an episode preview, Mulaney shares insight into his writing process and explains why he needed to get back on stage after rehab.

John Mulaney is currently on his From Scratch tour

Considering how precise and unique he is with his language, John Mulaney having no writing process could surprise some fans. For his current tour, “From Scratch,” Mulaney revealed he started by just knowing he had an hour’s worth of stories and things he wanted to share. It wasn’t necessarily the traditional 60 minutes of workshopped jokes.

Mulaney also shared that we waited three months between leaving rehab and going back on stage. That experience is part of the reason why his new act is literally “from scratch.”

The comedian also gets fairly candid about why he needed to get back on stage. According to Mulaney, stand-up was the best thing for him coming out. He told O’Brien, “This is one of the greatest times in my life, and this is the best thing for me.”

You can hear more from John Mulaney and Conan O’Brien, including their thoughts on monologue writing at Saturday Night Live and O’Brien helping Mulaney into the “Five Timers Club” when Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend goes live on Monday, May 2.

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