Stand-up comedian John Mulaney has just booked his twelfth show in a row at Philadelphia’s Academy of Music.
Stand-up comedian and writer John Mulaney just announced a record-setting 12th performance at the Academy of Music for Tuesday, October 12 with tickets going on sale at 10 am on August 17. Tomorrow.
Before I discuss my love for Mulaney – and it is huge, like quotable punchline huge – it’s crucial to note: when the hell did these eleven other shows go up, and sell out?
Sure. Live Nation is calling this a residency of sorts. But, when does a residency become more of an actual residence, as in someone is moving into the property, and re-decorating like Kanye West did to Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium?
The Mulaney tour, entitled “From Scratch” has sold over 30,000 tickets in Philadelphia, so far, and extends from Friday, October 1 to include Saturday, October 2; Sunday, October 3; Monday, October 4; Tuesday, October 5; Wednesday, October 6; Thursday, October 7; Friday, October 8; Saturday, October 9; Sunday, October 10; and Monday, October 11.
“Philadelphia absolutely loves John Mulaney,” said Geoff Gordon, Regional President of Live Nation in an email note. “With numerous Netflix appearances and his work on Saturday Night Live, people across the Philadelphia Region are showing their love for John and getting tickets for this record-setting engagement.”
It doesn’t take much to prod me into imitating Mulaney imitating Mick Jagger during their shared time on Saturday Night Live where the former wrote, and the latter hosted. Mulaney Netflix comedy specials such as New in Town, The Comeback Kid and Kid Gorgeous at Radio City, his impromptu bits on friend Seth Meyers’ talk show, his writing and co-conceiving of huge chunks of IFC’s beloved film satire series Documentary Now, are just the bottom rung of his credits. Along with writing for SNL and creating winning famed characters such as Bill Hader’s “Stefon,” the stand-up created and starred in Netflix’s John Mulaney and the Sack Lunch Bunch with David Byrne, as well as the Broadway and Netflix productions of Oh, Hello on Broadway, with costar and co-creator Nick Kroll.
Mulaney is so wry and so dry, it hurts. And now, it’s just under 40,000 Philadelphia residents who feel the burn.