John Mulaney is suiting up for his upcoming Netflix special, The Comeback Kid, and Netflix has released a first look, available above.
The comedian takes the stage at the Chicago Theater, and he opens up about his work as a temp, being newly married, and Bill Clinton (the title of the special is a reference to one of Clinton’s former campaign slogans). In the follow-up to his previous stand-up hour, New in Town, Mulaney also mentions a Christmas Eve church service featuring a change-up in language that he was not expecting.
The material of the one-hour special has been years in the making, and according to Vulture, by the end, he gives a shout-out to fellow comedian Mike Birbiglia who taught him “how to be a comedian.” The pair had hit the road together when Mulaney was just starting out, and Birbiglia encouraged the budding comedian to put himself out there when it came to doing shows. And now, stand-up is what Mulaney considers a “constant” following the cancellation of his short-lived Fox series, Mulaney, and an “excellent way to make a living.”
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“To me, touring as a stand-up comedian is the greatest life you could ask for. And feeding that through other things that maybe help people learn who you are is great,” Mulaney told Vulture. “I like making television as well. But it would all be to drive standing onstage in theaters doing stand-up. That’s the constant. I don’t think I realized how much certain types of television shows take you away from that. We went on sale yesterday for the ‘Oh, Hello’ show. It’s been selling huge. The Netflix special is coming out. This quality of life is excellent.”
John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid debuts Friday at 3:01 a.m. ET on Netflix. Check out the trailer above, and an additional clip, below.