Originally published with Paste Magazine on November 17, 2015.
When John Mulaney’s first hour-long stand-up special New in Town debuted on Comedy Central, I remember sitting up and taking notice. There was nothing particularly provoking about Mulaney’s jokes in the way that great comedians before him used humor to provide deeper insight into the human condition, but his storytelling had such a genuine and captivating air about it that I couldn’t stop watching. His jokes naturally flowed one to the other in the way only a true writer could structure; I hung on his every word, waiting to hear what he shared next. [Full article available at Paste Magazine.]