John Mulaney Was Already Becoming His Father, Thinks the McDonald’s ‘1 Black Coffee’ Move Was ‘a Very Funny Thing to Do’

Long before girlfriend Olivia Munn was expecting their first child, comedian John Mulaney admitted he was already becoming his father. He laughed at the iconic sketch in The Comeback Kid of how his father ordered one black coffee at McDonald’s despite having a car filled with hungry children. Then drove away. Looking back on how his father interacted with children, Mulaney says he can now appreciate his father’s dry sense of humor and said he can see how he’s becoming a lot like him.

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Mulaney joked about how he didn’t check in with his father before he delivered the sex talk bit in his standup. “He hadn’t seen it before,” Mulaney laughed on the Off Camera Show. “And that was definitely going in regardless.” Adding, “But I’m aware of how much I share about the people I love and they like it.”

John Mulaney was already becoming his father when he recalled the '1 black coffee' sketch in 2020
John Mulaney was already becoming his father when he recalled the ‘1 black coffee’ sketch in 2020 | Lloyd Bishop/NBC

He then laughed about the one black coffee at McDonald’s story. “That’s a very funny thing to do,” Mulaney said. Sure it was mean, but Mulaney added, “Yeah but good for him. We were annoying. I like that a lot. It’s very funny to do that to four kids who are annoying.”

Is John Mulaney becoming his father?

“I was so intimidated by him,” Mulaney recalled of his father. “I didn’t know how funny he was. You know, things were very dry. When the phone would ring, he’d be like, ‘It’s your broker,’ you know, I kind of knew that was a joke, but like, it was dry.”

“He never got on the floor and was like, ‘Hey, who’s this toy?’ You know?” Mulaney continued. “It was like, you know, it wasn’t a dad like on the floor. Like, ‘How’s your day, buddy? You know, who’s this old dinosaur or what do you call him?’ He’d be like, ‘What are you holding?’ I once had a toy and was like, dirty because I’ve been playing outside. He goes ‘Is that your toy? And I went, ‘Yes.’ [Dad said] ‘That’s grotesque.’ But yes, I became him also. So like you ask me if he’s funny, because he’s funny. There’s many things about him that I’m making fun of that in the special. I’m like observing. Oh yeah, that’s me too, because I appreciate it now. And also we’re doomed to always become [our parents].”

Olivia Munn and John Mulaney announce they are going to be parents

Mulaney announced in Sept. that he and Munn were expecting a baby. “In the spring, I went to Los Angeles, and met and started to date a wonderful woman named Olivia – Olivia Munn,” he shared on Late Night with Seth Meyers. “And we’re having a baby together. I’m going to be a dad. We’re both really, really happy.”

The 2020 pandemic was a turning point for Mulaney. He and his wife Anna Marie Tendler quietly split and he entered rehab, which he shared more than one time. Upon leaving rehab he connected and started dating Munn. When she was photographed, looking potentially pregnant, he shared the news on Meyers’ talk show. Munn also dished about her pregnancy, sharing her favorite maternity fashion were oversized sweats. “It can be difficult as your body is changing and you feel like you look different or your body is putting on weight in different places,” she told People. “The consistent image that’s portrayed is usually very effortless and fashionable. Mine has been a lot of oversized sweatpants!”

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