John Mulaney wasted no time in his Saturday Night Live opening monologue addressing his public battles with addiction and his time in rehab in late 2020 and early 2021.
The two time Emmy winner, 39, started by noting SNL‘s reputation as a home for hard-partying actors, writers and other creatives, saying it was comforting to be in an environment “that has always emphasized sobriety and mental health.”
“For many, many reasons, I’m grateful to be here tonight after a very complicated year,” he began.
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“Since I last hosted, different things have happened… Life is a lot better and happier now. I have a 12-week-old son. I’m very excited, he is a pretty cool guy for someone who can’t vote. His legs are like little calzones, and I want to eat him.”
The comedian also gave the audience more insight into fatherhood, his son’s birth as well as his relationship with Olivia Munn41.
“We were in the delivery room. My girlfriend had just given birth to him and he’s crying a little, so they bring him over to this warmer on the other side of the delivery room. [He’s] under this big bright light, and light is just shining in his eyes,” Mulaney said.
“He just looks up at the light and [he squints]† He was annoyed, but he didn’t say anything. I was like, ‘That’s my son.’ A polite man in an uncomfortable situation, but he’s not going to make a fuss. He’s a very good boy.”
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Mulaney hosted the latest episode of SNL and joined the famed “five-timers” club — hosts who have fronted the show five times or more. That list includes Steve Martin† Drew Barrymore† Tina Fey† Justin Timberlake† John Goodman† Scarlett Johansson and Melissa McCarthy†
Before Mulaney, actor Paul Rudd was the latest to join the five-timers bunch on December 18, when he hosted an SNL installment with no studio audience because of the omicron variant COVID-19 surge that hit New York hard late last year.
Mulaney and Munn welcomed their son, Malcolm, on November 24, 2021. The newborn’s arrival came just a few months after he filed for divorce from his ex-wife, Anna Marie Tendlerafter six years of marriage†
“I am heartbroken that John has decided to end our marriage. I wish him support and success as he continues his recovery,” Tendler said in a statement at the time, referencing Mulaney’s 60-day stint in rehab for alcoholism and cocaine addiction in 2020 .
Reported with Variety.
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