Why John Mulaney Might Win Instead of the Other ‘Saturday Night Live’ Guest Stars at the Emmys

There is a perk to guest starring on Saturday Night Live and that’s getting nominated for an Emmy. John Mulaney is one of those nominees this year.

He’s not the only person to host this year and be nominated, but he might win instead of the other celebrities. Find out the reasons why and more.

John Mulaney previously wrote for ‘Saturday Night Live’

John Mulaney on 'Saturday Night Live'
John Mulaney on ‘Saturday Night Live’ | Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Mulaney worked as a writer and producer on the sketch show for five years. He left and returned multiple times before leaving in 2018.

His job sometimes meant he was writing the monologues for hosts. He talked about that experience.

He told NPR, “By doing the monologues, I didn’t realize that you will get to spend time with the host in the most unique way, which is, in some cases, for people who haven’t performed in front of a live audience, you’re working with them on the thing they are the most terrified about.”

He also co-wrote the Stefon scenes on Weekend Update with Bill Hader. Sometimes Mulaney would add things last minute to them, which would cause Hader to break character and laugh.

Mulaney won an Emmy for his work during this time. This is because he was credited with writing Justin Timberlake’s monologue with Seth Meyers, Katreese Barnes, and Timberlake for outstanding original music and lyrics.

Mulaney hosted the show twice

The comedian has moved on from the job by starring in Big Mouth. He then made a return to the show by hosting it.

He hosted in April 2018 for the first time and hosted again on March 2, 2019. His last visit included a “Bodega Bathroom” sketch which described a disgusting bathroom to the tune of “Perfection Imagination” from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

There was also “To Have and Have Not,” where Kate McKinnon played Lauren Bacall and Mulaney played Humphrey Bogart. They are filming the “You know how to whistle, don’t you? Just put your lips together and blow,” scene and it goes horribly.

His history with the show might give him an edge

Mulaney is nominated for outstanding guest star in a comedy series. However, he isn’t the only host this year to be nominated.

Matt Damon, Robert De Niro, Adam Sandler are nominated. The rest of the category includes Peter MacNicol for Veep, Rufus Sewell and Luke Kirby for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

That’s a lot of competition, but it’s possible that Mulaney’s history of working as a writer before hosting on Saturday Night Live could push him in the lead.

He also previously won an Emmy for his special, Kid Gorgeous last year for outstanding writing for a variety special. There are still some tough contenders in the category.

Damon’s sketch playing Brett Kavanaugh got a lot of attention. His sketch had him play up Kavanaugh’s anger during his confirmation hearing. The Emmys has shown its appreciation of political sketches before by awarding Alec Baldwin after he portrayed President Donald Trump multiple times.

We will have to wait and see if Mulaney will win over the competition. The Emmy Awards air on Sunday, Sept. 22 on Fox starting at 8 p.m. EST.