John Mulaney Joins Seth Meyers' 'Late Night' Writing Staff

Host John Mulaney during the 'SNL' Monologue on Saturday, October 31, 2020
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John Mulaney is teaming up with frequent collaborator Seth Meyers on a somewhat unexpected (old) project. The Emmy-winning stand-up comic is joining the writing staff of NBC's Late Night.

Executive producer Mike Shoemaker announced the news on Twitter Thursday evening, including a YouTube clip of the first fruits of Mulaney's Late Night labor — a bit that bore a strong resemblance to Mulaney's recent interview on the show, in which he wore a trench coat and fiddled with sunglasses. "John Mulaney likes to work so this week he officially joined Late Night with  Seth Meyers as a staff writer," wrote Shoemaker. "I hope he stays for 100 years but I will settle for 'as long as John wants.'"

While the level of Mulaney's involvement in the nightly series is questionable, it's not much of a surprise that he would team up with Meyers. He's a frequent guest on the show and the pair famously worked together for years on Saturday Night Live and on IFC series Documentary Now!.

Still, it's not like Mulaney's dance card is particularly empty. He recently host SNL for the fourth time and made a pact with Comedy Central to make two more Sack Lunch Bunch specials. The first iteration of the musical show, a hybrid comedy special and children's program, premiered on Netflix in 2019 and earned two Emmy nominations.

The move does seem very much in the wheelhouse of Late Night. Meyers and executive producer Lorne Michaels have used the show as a hospitable environment for infrequent collaboration. Fellow SNL alum Fred Armisen, who has several other jobs, serves as the leader of Meyers' house band. And Amber Ruffins, who broke out as a writer and frequent guest on Late Night, continues to make appearances since launching her own late-night vehicle on Peacock.