How Many Times Has John Mulaney Been Nominated For An Emmy?

John Mulaney’s comedy has crossed several divides, alleges American Magazine. The writer turned standup comedian has a desire to be liked by everyone, and luckily for him, everyone seems to like him. Walking onto a stage, night after night, donning a suit, Mulaney is nothing if not relatable and likable. His comedic stories span a variety of topics. Politics, his childhood, and his marriage all come up in a standard set. Nothing is off-limits, but somehow he manages to steer clear of offending anyone. He isn’t a shock comic, nor a vulgar one. He’s the quintessential clean-cut comedian, and it’s been working well for him. Now, the Television Academy has taken notice of his acting skills in the form of a nomination, but it’s not the first time his skills have been honored.  

How many times has John Mulaney been nominated for an Emmy?

John Mulaney’s hit specials on Netlfix have drawn the attention of millions. Seemingly overnight, Mulaney became a household name. While he spends much of his time on larger and larger stages inciting laughter from the masses, that wasn’t always the case. Before Mulaney began reaching a wider audience through Netflix, before he sold out Radio City Music Hall, and before he became a guest actor on Saturday Night Live, he was a writer.  

John Mulaney
John Mulaney | Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Clusterfest

This year, Mulaney is poised to bring home at least one trophy. The 37-year-old comedian is nominated in three categories. Two of his nods come from his writing prowess. He is nominated for Oustanding Writing for a Variety Series twice. One nomination comes from his work on Saturday Night Live. His second nomination in the category is linked to his work on Documentary Now!.

How many Emmy wins does John Mulaney have?

Mulaney was seeking his first acting Emmy this year, but he’s no stranger to the awards circuit. Mulaney has earned two Emmy wins and more than a dozen nominations. Both of his wins and all of his nominations have been for his writing.

Mulaney’s most recent win came from his standup special, Kid Gorgeous. He took home a statue for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special. In 2011 he secured his first Emmy win for Oustanding Original Music and Lyrics for his work on Saturday Night Live. He shared the award with Katreese Barnes, Seth Meyers, and Justin Timberlake, according to IMDB.

John Mulaney missed out on his first acting Emmy

Mulaney was nominated for Oustanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. While several SNL alumni have been honored in the category over the last several decades, Mulaney’s nomination is the first time one of the show’s writers has received a nomination in the category, according to Gold Derby, and it looked like he might take home the prize. At least, it looked like an SNL actor would bring home the trophy.

Mulaney returned to SNL in something of a victory lap, alleges Esquire. With more than a few years in the business, Mulaney’s popularity is just now catching up with his comedic prowess. His Netflix deal, his hit broadway offering with Nick Kroll, and his still-unnamed upcoming comedy special are only a few of the highlights of Mulaney’s last 24 months.

The competition in his category was stiff, regardless. SNL, alone, had four nominees in the group this year. He went up against Robert Deniro, Matt Damon, and Adam Sandler, all of whom garnered their nominations for guest appearances on Saturday Night Live.

Luke Kirby and Rufus Sewell were also nominated in the category for their respective work on Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Peter MacNicol rounded out the group of nominees for his portrayal of Jeff Kane in Veep. In the end, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s Luke Kirby beat out all of the SNL faces.