65 John Mulaney Quotes On Success In Life

John Edmund Mulaney is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and producer. He is best known for his work as a writer on Saturday Night Live and as a stand-up comedian with stand-up specials The Top Part, New in Town, The Comeback Kid, and Kid Gorgeous, for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special in 2018. These John Mulaney quotes will motivate you.

Best John Mulaney Quotes

  1. “The more you do stuff, the better you get at dealing with how you still fail at it a lot of the time.” ~ John Mulaney
  2. “Excuse me: I am homeless. I am gay. I have AIDS. I’m new in town.” ~ John Mulaney , John Mulaney quotes new in town
  3. “It is 100% easier not to do things than to do them, and so much fun not to do them – especially when you were supposed to do them. In terms of instant relief, canceling plans is like heroin.” ~ John Mulaney
  4. “Why do people shush animals? Theyve never spoken” ~ John Mulaney

  5. “I have a lot of stories about being a kid because it was the last time I was interesting.” ~ John Mulaney
  6. “I’m a very lucky person. I’m an idiot, and I’ve shoveled through life rather nicely so far, so I don’t feel like I deserve good treatment.” ~ John Mulaney
  7. “I was always the squarest person in the cool room, and alternatively, sometimes the weirder person at the mainstream table.” ~ John Mulaney
  8. “Things don’t exist until they exist.” ~ John Mulaney

  9. “In terms of, like, instant relief, canceling plans is like heroin.” ~ John Mulaney
  10. “I’ll book a ticket on some garbage airline. I don’t wanna name an actual airline so lets make one up, lets just call it like Delta Airlines” ~ John Mulaney
  11. “I like when things are crazy. Something good comes out of exhaustion.” ~ John Mulaney
  12. “If you’re comparing the badness of two words and you won’t even say one of them [the n-word], that’s the worse word.” ~ John Mulaney
  13. “It’s nice when you’re nervous and everybody’s like, “Yeah, you should be nervous.” Because a lot of times you’re anxious and people say, “Relax. Shut up.” And that just feels like, Well, I guess I’m also crazy.” ~ John Mulaney
  14. All my money is in a savings account. My dad has explained the stock market to me maybe 75 times. I still don’t understand it.” ~ John Mulaney
  15. “Things have to be funny first, and if they want to have a point, that’s awesome.” ~ John Mulaney

  16. “Comfort is everything. You start doing something and you want it to be perfect right away, but most babies are born ugly and then they shake it out and you get beautiful toddlers.” ~ John Mulaney
  17. “I think for many of us – speaking for just a pocket of the country – we trusted Obama. So when you leave your baby with your mom to watch, you don’t run home and check the nanny cam. But now we’ve left the baby with Gary Busey, so we’re going to be a lot more on it.” ~ John Mulaney
  18. “Maybe I just have high self-esteem, but I have a lot that I really enjoy.” ~ John Mulaney

  19. “I like making fun of myself a lot. I like being made fun of, too. I’ve always enjoyed it. There’s just something really, really funny about someone tearing into me.” ~ John Mulaney
  20. “You can’t always see both sides of the story. Eventually, you have to pick a side and stick with it. No more equivocating. You have to commit.” ~ John Mulaney
  21. “I plan to join the ‘SNL’ band as a maraca player and stand behind saxophonist Lenny Pickett. That way they will at least cut to me before commercial breaks. I’ll be sure to look right into camera.” ~ John Mulaney
  22. “I stopped drinking when I was 23. I kind of started when I was 13, so it was a 10-year run. But I just became a bad, annoying drunk child, so when I stopped, I’d done a lot of things I wasn’t proud of.” ~ John Mulaney
  23. “Being president looks like the worst job in the world.” ~ John Mulaney

  24. “I like to turn on the TV and watch whatever’s on. Nick Kroll does that a lot. He doesn’t watch important shows. He’ll just turn on a documentary on Mia Hamm and watch it for an hour. Whatever’s on, we watch.” ~ John Mulaney
  25. “I kind of thought, wouldn’t it be funny to take a swing at being on the weird side of mainstream?” ~ John Mulaney
  26. “You all have a relative who is an expert even though they really don’t know what they’re talking about.” ~ John Mulaney
  27. “I wish I could go tell 12-year-old me like I don’t worry that you just fainted in front of all the girls, one day you’ll be able to make this into an episode of TV.” ~ John Mulaney
  28. “I was new to acting on a stage in a narrative as opposed to acting on a stage as a stand-up. And like everything else it’s just like comfort level. The first time I did stand-up I was at a place called the B3 in New York on Third and Avenue B and I not only didn’t take the mic out of the stand, but I clutched the stand of the entire time.” ~ John Mulaney , John Mulaney quotes on acting
  29. “People having expectations maybe means they’ve enjoyed what I’ve done.” ~ John Mulaney

  30. “Occasionally you get that one person that says “I really like that one part of this joke” and you go, “Oh thank you that’s my favorite part too.” But no, in order for it to be authentic hopefully you have jokes that everyone can just get on board with and then you have a few things for yourself.” ~ John Mulaney
  31. “I’ve always believed that you often needless. You don’t need to hear why people are friends, you don’t need to hear why people are roommates, you don’t need to hear why someone would help a friend to do something.” ~ John Mulaney
  32. “It’s important to remember that life is a joke and that outlook grants a lot of perspective, but I don’t think comedy should change and become political due to other things. It should just laugh at that cosmic joke that life is all the time.” ~ John Mulaney
  33. “I’m a very straightforward person. But that’s fine for a comedian. Because a lot of times you’re talking about everyone else.” ~ John Mulaney

  34. “Stand-up for me is just my opinions on things, so it wouldn’t be as fun translated into a sketch. Nor would a sketch be as fun if it were me standing there saying it.” ~ John Mulaney
  35. “I definitely look like a toddler. I feel comfortable and I have a lot of fun out there [John Mulaney Show]. And if I were to be extremely egotistical, I’d say I got a tiny bit better.” ~ John Mulaney
  36. “It was funny to be an emcee, because you’re so at the mercy of the club. You can show up for the weekend hoping to get the $400 – and get fired. I had to prank whoever they told me to prank.” ~ John Mulaney
  37. “I like that idea that what I do might be mainstream. Might be.” ~ John Mulaney

  38. “I really set out to do this traditional looking and traditional sounding multi-cam sitcom, but then make the world as elastic as an animated show could be. Make the world as surreal as we wanted it to be.” ~ John Mulaney
  39. “There are a lot of great jokes you can sit down and write, but that’s just a written joke, versus the comedy of the situation. Ideally, you’re pulling as much comedy out of the situation as you can.” ~ John Mulaney , John Mulaney quotes on comedy
  40. “I remember writing standup jokes without having done sets. But as soon as I did my first set, it didn’t matter. Everything I thought would work didn’t work. And everything I was iffy on was funny.” ~ John Mulaney
  41. “In every case, I find pre-planning noble, but not always that useful in comedy. You know comedy once you’re doing it.” ~ John Mulaney
  42. “Understudies don’t normally get invited to openings.” ~ John Mulaney

  43. “I also had Elliot Gould and Martin Short and Nasim Pedrad – let alone Zack Pearlman who is going to be a huge star, as is Seaton Smith – out there and I love writing for them and just sitting back and watching them be excellent. And when you are sitting across from Elliott Gould sharing a scene it just raises your game.” ~ John Mulaney
  44. “If I was at the Comedy Cellar at midnight you yelled at the back of the room. But you, for television, play it to the camera because yes you’re communicating to the people at home using the studio audience that’s right in front of you as a guide for that.” ~ John Mulaney
  45. “Everyone’s very relaxed about brand names in television.” ~ John Mulaney

  46. “The best-case scenario is everything goes perfect and smooth, but we’re also a new and weird show. So all my conversations were, “Hey last night didn’t go perfect but we kind of know what we’ve got in store for everybody episode-wise.”” ~ John Mulaney
  47. “”The Doula” was and is a very, very special episode to me because I think it’s very funny and very weird and it also is 100 percent based on my life, in that I fainted three times during Sex Ed in real life the three different years.” ~ John Mulaney
  48. “I’ve done festivals in the past where I’d be a guest, it was like, Wow, maybe someday I could play Town Hall – but that’ll be a long way off. So it’s very exciting.” ~ John Mulaney
  49. “I do longer runs on things, a lot stories. I really like one-liners, I like a lot of different kinds of standup but I’ve always been long-winded.” ~ John Mulaney
  50. “It’s really fun to be writing and producing your own sketches. You almost have more control.” ~ John Mulaney

  51. “I don’t know if there’s a strategy really so much as, like I learned doing standup and had to learn fast, you always just try to give your favorite, strongest stuff as early as possible and you start with what you like the most.” ~ John Mulaney
  52. “I had a lot of fun writing things that died during dress rehearsal. Sometimes I remember the crazy ones that died even more fondly than the ones that did really well.” ~ John Mulaney
  53. “There’s [John Mulaney Show] jokes that I have in stand up that I wouldn’t try to put in, I would try to have someone just speak extemporaneously in the middle of a scene about an episode of “Law and Order” or something.” ~ John Mulaney
  54. “My standup persona is like I’ll heighten things, but I’m observing the world as it is in sort of a heightened emotional state.” ~ John Mulaney

  55. “As I got into high school and after puberty, I was a little more inward. I was a real extrovert when I was little, but I don’t know, I just got quieter With my friends, I was still an extrovert.” ~ John Mulaney
  56. “An episode that is near and dear to my heart is the entire cast in one room for the night because we get bed bugs in our apartment building so we have to stay with Martin Short.” ~ John Mulaney
  57. “Going on the road for long stretches can seem daunting, and I certainly miss being home sometimes, but the chance to see so many different cities, let alone perform in them, is something I am really grateful for.” ~ John Mulaney
  58. “I never turn on the crowd. Sometimes, you think it’s a terrible show, and then afterward, sometimes people say they really liked it. So turning on the crowd is only going to alienate the few people who might like it.” ~ John Mulaney
  59. “Part of standup is being loose and having a good time yourself and that translates to the audience.” ~ John Mulaney

  60. “If something is very, very funny but possibly controversial, if it’s truly funny, then it’s worth doing. Things aren’t worth doing for the sake of being controversial.” ~ John Mulaney
  61. “Having done stand-up on television and in stand-up specials for like Comedy Central, you learn quickly that for that type of performance you’re playing to the camera.” ~ John Mulaney
  62. “I have tons of jokes with moments in them over the years in stand-up that don’t get a laugh but I love them so they stay.” ~ John Mulaney
  63. “With the first episode [of John Mulaney Show] I tell a story that happened to me accidentally chasing a woman down the subway.” ~ John Mulaney
  64. “I was just trying to blend the standup that I do almost with like the visual sketch stuff that I did on “Saturday Night Live.” And so in terms of how elastic in the world is, we’ll see what we can get away with [in John Mulaney show].” ~ John Mulaney
  65. “That was an interesting thing I learned I think the first time I did a late-night show or something. It was like, “Oh, this is for the camera and a performance that you’re giving to the people at home.”” ~ John Mulaney

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