John Mulaney has performed stand-up comedy on stages around the world, written for such shows as Saturday Night Live and Documentary, Now! and starred in his very own cancelled sitcom. ‘The Comeback Kid’ is his third comedy album, drawing from the Netflix special of the same name. John’s also had a Comedy Central special, just finished an acclaimed run on Broadway of his show with Nick Kroll, ‘Oh, Hello’ on Broadway and he and Nick also just co-hosted the 32nd Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards in January 2017. One time he won an Emmy. If all that isn’t enough, his dog is a viral sensation on Instagram.
“This album was recorded on a warm and very rainy night at the Chicago Theater in my hometown of Chicago, Illinois. I had been to the Chicago Theater as a kid to see Donny Osmond in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. I remember a joke in that production where a set of pyramids moves past Joseph as he travels to Egypt. Because they were performing it in Chicago they also threw in a miniature Sears Tower. When we, the audience, saw it was the Sears Tower we laughed so hard because that building is in Chicago. Stuff like that is a lot of fun.
On the night this album was recorded I arrived at the Chicago Theater having not had dinner because I was too nervous to eat. I think I ended up eating a bunch of crackers. The Chicago Theater is a gorgeous beast with a built-in Mighty Wurlitzer organ. We filmed this whole show for Netflix and Rhys Thomas directed it beautifully. This performance is called The Comeback Kid. The title is a reference to Bill Clinton but it’s also not. Lake Street Dive performed. Joe Mande and Vanessa Bayer performed. I performed last and I wore the suit I got married in. My parents and sisters and brother were in the audience. My wife Anna was in the audience. Petunia our dog was at the hotel in a stand-off with the room service cart. She has a problem with room service carts. She… I don’t know… she hates how the wheels lock or something. She is not too fond of skateboards either.
A few last things: Jon Brion is a good man and it’s the pleasure of my life to have his music included in The Comeback Kid. Michael Berkowitz makes things happen. I am grateful to everyone who enjoyed the show but truthfully I do it to make my wife laugh. I want to thank MSG and the Chicago Theater. I want to thank the Daves. I want to thank anyone who helped put this show together or who helped put me together. While I was performing all these jokes on that night, I was genuinely happy.” - John Mulaney