John Mulaney Presents: Everybody's In LA is the next great talk show

The former SNL writer has found a new approach to late night.
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John Mulaney is one of the most revered comedians working today. His pedigree is pretty tough to beat. He was a writer on Saturday Night Live during the show's last so-called "great" period, he's risen to fame as a stand-up comedian, and he's even been a bright spot on otherwise tepid award shows.

Mulaney knows his brand, and he knows how to package it in a way that connects with comedy fans in the 2020s. His latest project, the talk show John Mulaney Presents: Everybody's In L.A., is perhaps the greatest testament to this yet. It may only be six episodes, but it is far away the most exciting and revelatory thing to come out of late night in quite some time.

Mulaney's new talk show airs on Netflix

Everything Mulaney does throughout the show feels like a bizarre spin on a talk show trope. It's clear the man grew up watching the greats like Conan O'Brien and David Letterman (whom he just talked to during another Netflix talk show), and is pushing their irreverence even further.

John Mulaney is the rare comedian who has the ability to come off simultaneously calculated and impulsive, and this tension, which is so effectively explored in his stand-up, informs Everybody's In L.A.

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One never knows where an episode is going to go. Portions of the episode are taped beforehand, while other segments are executed live. There are stretches in which Mulaney recites the written words of Joan Didion, and then lovingly denigrates Los Angeles as a place that was founded for "improv students to go hiking."

There are panels with notable guests like Jerry Seinfeld and lesser-known experts like wildlife advocate Tony Tucci. Not separate panels, mind you, the same panel. Mulaney wants to see what will happen when people from differing backgrounds and perspectives clash, and the results are always fascinating if not outright hilarious.

Mulaney upends the traditional talk show format

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It's also easy to see how much fun Mulaney is having with the format. He seems as though he's mindful of the rare opportunity he's been given by Netflix, and is making the absolute most if it will he can. Mulaney will be airing new episodes of Everybody's In L.A. every night this week at 10 p.m. ET.

The jury is still out on whether Mulaney will return for more episodes, or if this is a limited series experiment. Either way, do yourself a favor and check Everybody's In L.A. out as soon as possible. You won't regret it.

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