You wouldn’t call John Mulaney political by any stretch of the imagination. Yeah, there’s the Kid Gorgeous DJT-horse bit—where he compares Donald Trump’s presidency to a horse running wild in a hospital—but he’s not exactly Jon Stewart.
In a new interview for Esquire’s October cover, Mulaney explains that even though he’s donated thousands of dollars to liberal and left politicians like Bernie Sanders, he doesn’t see a place for politics in his act.
“I have a problem with ‘Comedians are really brave and we need them now more than ever,’ ” Mulaney said about his on-stage politics. “It’s like, we’re not congressmen. We’re court jesters.”
Like the hospital riff, Mulaney hasn’t been totally free of a political jab here and there, once comparing the Republican Debates to Family Feud on Late Night With Seth Meyers. But a rant on Washington would definitely feel out of character for the former SNL writer, whose jokes have almost always found ridiculous humor in the everyday.
Earlier in the Esquire interview, for example, Mulaney suddenly brings up a random picture of a blond woman holding a gyro, which he’s seen all across New York restaurants.
“I can think about that poster for so much longer than I can think about sex and politics,” Mulaney says.
Who knows—come 2020 it’ll be all hands on deck, so maybe we’ll see Mulaney stumping for whoever comes out of the Democratic primaries after all.