Comedian John Mulaney returned as host of Saturday Night Live for the second time on March 2, opening the show this time around with a stand-up routine that focused on his comical experiences living in New York City.
Mulaney, who previously wrote for SNL and has won awards for writing celebrity monologues, opened with several anecdotes about living in the Big Apple, including the awkward time his wife and the couple’s French bulldog ran into Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn on the street, and the dramatic difference between the pre-recorded male and female voices on the subway system.
During the nearly eight-minute monologue, Mulaney also touched on his Roman Catholic roots and the role it has played in his marriage to a Jewish woman.
“It’s not a big deal getting married if you’re Jewish and Catholic, only a couple asked about it and they were my parents,” Mulaney said. “Before we got married, my mother asked me if my wife was going to convert to Catholicism. I don’t know, mom, let me go ask if a 29-year-old Jewish woman who doesn’t like any of my suggestions would convert to — what was it again? — Roman Catholicism.”
The comedian then went on to reference the embattled Catholic church’s ongoing struggles with sexual abuse within its ranks. “Don’t Google us,” Mulaney joked.
Watch his full SNL monologue in the video below.