Last night, John Mulaney went on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to talk about the fourth season of Big Mouth. The big revelation, however, was in regards to his Saturday Night Live hosting stints this year, and the craziness that followed it.
First, he talks about how he got a lot of internet backlash over his October 31st monologue. During the monologue, he accidentally set up a joke by saying “No matter who wins,” which he then says he definitely didn’t mean. “There’s no excuse for not working out the wording of a joke that you then do on television,” Mulaney said.
He follows this up with an even more startling story. “In February, I did a joke that was not about Donald Trump,” he stated, referring to his third time hosting SNL on February 29th. “The joke was about how it was a leap year, and how leap year had been started by Julius Caesar to correct the calendar. And another thing that happened with Caesar was he was stabbed to death by a bunch of senators that got crazy. And I said ‘That’s an interesting thing that could happen.’”
As it would turn out, the joke was sort of lost in translation and wasn’t received too kindly. “What also happened was there’s a service that operates for the President and they’re a secret. They investigated me. I guess they opened a file on me because of the joke. I have to say am I stoked that there’s a file open on me? Absolutely. Did I enjoy it in the moment? Not so much. The person vetting me was very understanding that the joke had nothing to do with Donald Trump. Because it was an elliptical reference to him. I didn’t say anything about him.” So they were very nice in the interview. I don’t think they… In terms of risk assessment, no one who’s ever looked at me thought I registered above a 1.”
After an interview in which they asked Mulaney if he’s made any rants or manifestos about Trump, to which he replied “I have been making jokes about him since 2007.” After telling the Secret Service they had nothing else to worry about, he had forgotten that he had just leased an apartment in D.C., where he wound up quarantining. The apartment happens to be directly across from the Secret Service Office.
All in all, it’s a pretty crazy story. But the fact that he’s now telling it, hopefully, means that all is settled.