John Mulaney says girlfriend Olivia Munn and their new baby “saved him from himself,” in a recent interview following his return from rehab.
During Late Night With Seth Meyers on Tuesday, September 7th, the comedian spoke on life after rehab — marking Mulaney’s first interview since going into recovery.
Mulaney spoke of his rollercoaster of a year, recalling how he first went to rehab in September 2020, moved out of his home from his ex-wife the following month, relapsed not long after hosting the Halloween episode of Saturday Night Live, and then went back into rehab after Meyers and some other friends staged an intervention.
Mulaney stated he got out of rehab in February and spent another month-and-a-half in sober living. He also touched on his relationship with Olivia Munn and announced that the couple are now expecting a child. He still is legally married to Anne Marie Tender.
Mulaney, of course, shares plenty of jokes throughout the interview, such as when he compared coming out of recovery to having “newborn Bambi legs — you know, how when Bambi’s born, Bambi’s like, ‘Hey, I used to be on cocaine.’”
Speaking on his intervention, Mulaney joked that he knew what was going on the second he opened the door to a friend’s apartment and saw Meyers, adding:
“I needed to be the smartest person in the room, even at the intervention, so I remember saying to all of you, ‘Before you all read your letter, I have a drug problem, and I need help. Just to scoop you.’”
Mulaney added how he was two hours late to his own intervention (which he believed to be dinner at a friend’s house) as he was getting a free haircut at Saturday Night Live.
And he joked that he was the only person in the room who was allowed to joke despite his intervention including — as he put it — “a ‘We Are the World’ of alternative comedians over the age of 40. So many funny people, and then no one did bits the entire time… Fred [Armisen] was serious. Do you know how off-putting that is?”
Mulaney ended the interview by thanking Meyers. “You guys saved me from drugs, and Olivia and this baby have helped save me from myself in this early journey out of recovery. And yeah, I don’t have a joke for that. I’m really grateful.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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