• John Mulaney’s SNL throwback photos give behind-the-scenes glimpse

    John Mulaney got sentimental leading up to his SNL return Saturday night. Last week, Mulaney started posting pictures from his old Saturday Night Live days—and it is as charming as you would think it would be.

    SNL ratings rise with John Mulaney as host

    The Big Mouth star wrote for SNL for six seasons after auditioning for the show in 2008. Mulaney hosted the show for the first time last year and having him back on the show so quickly turned out to be a smart move. Saturday night’s episode delivered the second-highest ratings of the season, tying the Halsey-hosted episode from February. In fact, SNL was the #1 telecast of the night on broadcast television.

    The ratings might have come from Mulaney’s promotion in the week leading up to the show. He posted photos that showed snippets of his time writing for SNL. In one photo, he slumps at his desk during a late night writing session with Andy Samberg.

    Mulaney is one of only three former SNL writers who came back to host. The other two are Larry David and Conan O’Brien. Mulaney shared a photo with David backstage for the 40th anniversary of the show.

    The morning after Mulaney’s second SNL hosting gig, he tweeted a photo explaining the origins of that wild toilet bowl commercial. Apparently, Mulaney’s been trying to get Lorne’s approval for the sketch since 2009.

    John Mulaney hypes hosting gig with throwback photos

    Mulaney also shared photos of when he was pulled out of the writers’ room to be used as a stock photo model for sketches—even if his face didn’t make it into the show.

    One commenter revealed that Will Forte replaced him in the final version of a ‘graduation’ shot.

    Mulaney also retweeted an SNL video explaining one of the fan favorite sketches from when he hosted in 2018.

    Mulaney truly is the best promoter SNL has ever had. Even Hillary Clinton was watching.

    Rosa Escandon

    I am a stand up comic and writer living in Brooklyn, NY. When I'm not on stage, I am Comedy Editor for The Tusk, sit on the board of the Cinder Block Comedy Festival, and writing my next project. I am passionate about writing about feminism and comedy as well as how women, LBGTQ people, and minorities are changing the face of comedy and entertainment. You may have seen me on Buzzfeed Video, Seriously.TV, aplus, or maybe just on twitter.

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