In the promo, the comedian joked that — despite working as a writer on SNL for six seasons from 2008 to 2013 — he auditioned to appear on the show “44 times,” to no avail.
To prove the point, the parody video depicts a hilarious series of disastrous auditions by Mulaney over the years, from 1975 when he introduces himself by saying, “This is my first and I assume only audition,” to 2004, where he sports a Bush/Cheney T-shirt while delivering terrible celebrity impressions.
The video also features mock confessionals by current SNL castmembers Cecily Strong and Kenan Thompson, with the former deadpanning, “I tried to help him a couple times with his audition, but he got very defensive.”
Mulaney jokingly relents that, eventually, Lorne Michaels pulled him aside to tell him, “We don’t need whatever it is you are.”
The stand-up comedian will be hosting the late-night sketch show’s March 2 episode, with musical guest Thomas Rhett. Watch the hilarious promo below.