On October 5, Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels will introduce America to the new Jerry Seinfeld, former SNL writer and stand-up comedian John Mulaney. Together they’ve created, Mulaney, a half-hour TV show about a single, stand-up comedian and the wacky people in his world including his boss (Martin Short, a game show host) and Elliot Gould as Mulaney’s Kramer-like neighbor. Mulaney follows the Seinfeld formula to a tee, including a quick stand-up bit in front of an invisible audience. The big difference between Mulaney and Seinfeld is religion, and all the funny cultural jokes that go with them. (Mulaney is Catholic, Seinfeld is Jewish.)
The female Elaine-like character on Mulaney is played by Nasim Pedrad, and Seaton Smith plays the George character who actually says in the Mulaney trailer, “I love you but I’m not in love with you and also I don’t love you” – a slight twist on the Costanza “It’s not you it’s me” episode. Mulaney was originaly taped as a pilot on Seinfeld’s old home NBC but was not picked up. Mulaney will air on FOX, Sunday nights at 9:30 pm.