SNL’s John Mulaney was investigated by the US Secret Service for joking about President Trump “being stabbed” like Julius Caesar.
The 38-year-old comedian was probed over a joke he said during his opening monologue on Saturday Night Live in February 2020.
John Mulaney was under investigation for a joke he said during his opening monologue on Saturday Night Live in February 2020Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Mulaney was accused of making ‘inappropriate statements directed at President Trump’Credit: EPA
An investigation was launched on March 1, 2020 – one day after Mulaney was accused of making “inappropriate statements directed at President Donald Trump.”
The former Saturday Night Live host evoked quite a reaction last year when he likened “powerful maniac” Caesar to Trump – telling the SNL audience an assassination would be interesting to try.
Prior to the document’s reveal, Mulaney revealed on Jimmy Kimmel’s show last month that he was under investigation and insisted he “did a joke that was not about Donald Trump.”
During Mulaney’s February 29 skit, he joked: “Another thing that happened under Julius Caesar, he was such a powerful maniac that all the senators grabbed knives, and they stabbed him to death.
“That would be an interesting thing if we brought that back now.”
Last year, Mulaney likened ‘powerful maniac’ Caesar to President TrumpCredit: AP:Associated Press
Other comments in the skit, noted in the newly revealed docs, were: “I asked my lawyer if I could make that joke, he said, let me call another lawyer, and that lawyer said yes.
“I don’t dwell on politics, but I dislike the Founding Fathers immensely.
“I hate when people are like, God has never created such a great group of men than the Founding Fathers. Yeah, the ’92 Bulls. … That’s a perfect metaphor for the United States.
“When I was a boy, the United States was like Michael Jordan in 1992. Now the United States it like Michael Jordan now.”
Mulaney made the joke – which prompted an investigation – on February 29, 2020Credit: Getty Images – Getty
According to the report, NBCUniversal’s Global Chief Security Officer Thomas McCarthy was contacted by the Secret Service on March 2.
Following the incident, the Secret Service noted “no direct threats were made.”
The comedian explained to Kimmel: “The person vetting me was very understanding that the joke had nothing to do with Donald Trump because it was an elliptical reference to him.
“I didn’t say anything about him. In terms of risk assessment, no one who’s ever looked at me thought I registered above a one.”
Mulaney’s investigation came to an end five days after he talked with Jimmy Kimmel in December 2020Credit: ABC
Mulaney, pictured, told Kimmel: ‘They said if it’s a joke, then I am cleared by the Secret Service’Credit: ABC
New York City’s Public Theater’s ‘Julius Caesar’ was performed in Central Park in 2017Credit: Getty Images
Mulaney – who reportedly checked into rehab for a 60-day alcohol and cocaine addiction program last year – added: “I said I have been making jokes about him since 2007, so I have been making fun of him for 13 years.
“They said if it’s a joke, then I am cleared by the Secret Service.”
However, Mulaney’s joke wasn’t the first time Trump has been compared to the Roman dictator.
Trump was previously compared to Caesar during New York City’s Public Theater’s 2017 production of William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” in Central Park.
The performance was slammed for portrayed Caesar as the president of the United States.