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John Mulaney Set to Join Saturday Night Live Five-Timers Club

Comedian John Mulaney will be joining the Saturday Night Live Five-Timers Club in February. Per TVLine, Mulaney is scheduled to return as host for the long-running sketch comedy series on its Feb. 26 episode. LCD Soundsystem also returns as the musical guest after a previous appearance in 2017.

Previously, Mulaney worked as a comedy writer at SNL from 2008 to 2012, winning an Emmy Award during that time for his work. He debuted as a host in May 2017 and returned for additional episodes hosted in March 2019, February 2020, and Halloween 2020. Of course, this means that Mulaney’s next appearance on SNL makes him a member of the Five-Timers Club.


Mulaney also acknowledged his upcoming hosting return with a post on Twitter. It includes his name along with LCD Soundsystem along with the date of Feb. 26, confirming their appearances. Mulnaey doesn’t mention his incoming Five-Timers Club status, only writing a simple message that says, “And just like that…”

One appearance on SNL landed Mulaney in some hot water with the FBI. On his February 2020 show, Mulaney cracked a joke about Julius Caesar which resulted in Donald Trump’s Secret Service paying him a visit. The comedian says a “file” was opened on him as a result, though he ultimately escaped any legal consequences.

“I guess they opened a file on me because of the joke, and I have to say, am I stoked there’s a file open on me? Absolutely. Did I enjoy it in the moment? Not so much,” Mulaney said on Jimmy Kimmel Live. “But the person vetting me was very understanding that the joke had nothing to do with Donald Trump. It was an elliptical reference to him. I didn’t say anything about him.”

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John Mulaney Will Be In Some Good Company


In December, Paul Rudd became the latest performer to be given a robe to mark his status in the SNL Five-Timers Club. That’s not to say the experience was an amazing one for Rudd. Due to the Omicron variant preventing a live audience from being in attendance and limiting the sketches which could be made, the episode was not perfect. However, Rudd was still welcomed into the elite club at the start of the program by fellow Five-Timers Club members Tina Fey, Steve Martin, and Tom Hanks. Martin Short also made an appearance, though he’s a three-time host of the show.

Alec Baldwin has hosted more episodes of Saturday Night Live than anyone, with 17 hosted shows. This is followed by Steve Martin at 15, John Goodman at 13, Tom Hanks at 10, Buck Henry at 10, Chevy Chase at 8, and Christopher Walken at 7. Everyone who’s hosted 6 episodes includes Danny DeVito, Scarlett Johansson, Drew Barrymore, Elliott Gould, Sting, and Tina Fey. Those who are currently just barely sitting inside the club with five appearances overall are Justin Timberlake, Melissa McCarthy, Bill Murray, Ben Affleck, Will Ferrell, Candice Bergen, Dwayne Johnson, and Jonah Hill.

John Mulaney will host Saturday Night Live with LCD Soundsystem as the musical guest on Feb. 26, 2022.

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