A&O re-announces virtual Q&A on May 25 with John Mulaney


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John Mulaney accepting his Emmy he won for “Kid Gorgeous at Radio City” in 2018. The comedian and writer will appear in a virtual Q&A to Northwestern students on May 25.

James Pollard, Campus Editor

A&O confirmed Thursday that comedian and writer John Mulaney will be participating in a Zoom Q&A to Northwestern students on May 25, after taking down announcement posts shortly after their initial announcement Wednesday.

The event, which will take place at 7 p.m. CST, is co-sponsored by NSTV, NU Nights, The Blackout, Studio 22 and Arts Alliance. Mulaney is the second guest in the group’s Spring Speaker Series, with A&O hosting “Queer Eye” star Jonathan Van Ness earlier this month.

Most well-known for his standup comedy and as a writer on “Saturday Night Live,” Mulaney is a two-time Emmy and WGA-winner. His most recent standup special, “John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch,” appeared on Netflix in December 2019. He toured the United States in 2018 for “Kid Gorgeous,” which was later released as a Netflix special.

Mulaney began writing for SNL in 2008, where he created the popular character “Stefon” played by Bill Hader. He is a writer for Netflix’s “Big Mouth,” on which he voices the character of Andrew.

The press freeze “was about as out of the blue for us as it was for anyone watching,” A&O Productions co-chair Avery Powell told The Daily in an email. The 24 hours between the press freeze and re-announcement were certainly hard for the members of A&O and the event’s co-sponsors, Powell said.

“After all, it is so close to the show and when we paused the announcement, we had just started to feel like our hard work was paying off,” Powell said. “Definitely a ‘don’t count your chickens before they hatch’ kind of moment, but we just had to hang tight.”

Moments like these can always happen, Powell said, especially with life as different as it is right now. Due to the crisis, everyone has had to work three times as hard, three times as fast, Powell added.

Being remote has been a “crazy exploration” for the organization to rethink what is possible, according to Powell. The goal has always been to provide quality programming that students can enjoy, added.

“With everything so upside down while we’re remote, we can think about talent that may not have been available otherwise, and let students interact in a way that can’t always happen with in-person programming,” Powell said.

This article is an updated version of a story published when the John Mulaney event was initially announced Wednesday. It has been updated to reflect A&O’s re-announcement of the event.