In “Saturday Night Live” writer John Mulaney’s upcoming Comedy Central special, you really get a true sense of why stand-up comedy was his destined career. We’d challenge anyone with childhood anecdotes as ridiculous as his not to see telling jokes as an obvious choice.
For instance, in this first preview clip of “New In Town,” his first one-hour TV spot, Mulaney recounts how he was relentlessly bullied in grade school — for being Asian-American.
Now, don’t let his lanky, white-ness fool you. When Mulaney was a kid, his eyes and hairstyle prompted even his best friend to go home from school and say, “Papa, today I met a boy with no eyes.”
Aside from detailing his schoolmates’ ridiculously coordinated efforts to mock him, Mulaney also admits that the bullying continues to this day. Only now, the 13-year-olds he encounters on the street are much better at targeting what he’s really sensitive about.
“New In Town” premiers Saturday, Jan. 28 at 10:00 p.m. on Comedy Central.
BONUS: John Mulaney on why he wishes he was a Def Jam comic when “Home Alone 2″ came out: