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the-series-philosopher-mulaney_sitcom_logoMulaney is an American sitcom that premiered on October 5, 2014 on Fox. Stand-up comedian and former Saturday Night Live writer John Mulaney (Important Things with Demetri Martin) created the show and starred as a fictionalized version of himself. At the beginning of each episode, and sometimes throughout, Mulaney would perform stand-up comedy to the studio audience. The show suffered from low ratings and poor critical reviews, and was cancelled in January 2015. The last episode aired on February 15, 2015.


John Mulaney is a comedian living in New York City with his roommates—Jane (Nasim Pedrad), a personal trainer with emotional issues, and Motif (Seaton Smith), a fellow stand-up comedian. John often receives advice from his gay, Jewish, elderly neighbor Oscar (Elliott Gould), and visits from his annoying, odd friend Andre (Zack Pearlman), a small-time drug dealer. John’s life changes when he’s hired as a writer for Lou Cannon (Martin Short), an eccentric, legendary comedian and game show host.

Cast and characters


  • John Mulaney as John Mulaney, a standup comedian and writer for Lou Cannon
  • Nasim Pedrad (ER, New Girl) as Googoosh[2] “Jane” Parvana, a personal trainer
  • Seaton Smith as Gerald “Motif” Goods, a standup comedian
  • Zack Pearlman (Shameless) as Andre Van Horn, a drug dealer
  • Elliott Gould (ER, Friends, Ray DonovanGetting Personal) as Oscar Glass, neighbor to John, Jane and Motif
  • Martin Short (How I Met Your Mother, Weeds, Damages) as Louis “Lou” Cannon, a game show host and John’s boss


  • Fortune Feimster (Chelsea Leately, The Mindy Project) as Mary Jo
  • Julie Klausner (Difficult People, Ugly Americans) as Donna
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