John Mulaney says Secret Service investigated him over SNL joke
John Mulaney said Tuesday that he was previously investigated by the Secret Service over a joke he made on “Saturday Night Live” that many interpreted as a threat against President Trump.
The comedian and two-time Emmy winner recounted the experience while appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” this week.
“In February, I did a joke that was not about Donald Trump,” he said. “The joke was about how it was a leap year and the leap year was started by Julius Caesar to correct the calendar, and another thing that happened with Caesar was that he was stabbed to death by a bunch of senators because he went crazy. And I said that’s an interesting thing that can happen.”
He explained that the Secret Service called to inform him that they’d opened an investigation into him over the comments.
Mulaney claimed that the agent who contacted him was understanding about the fact that the comedian didn’t mean it as a dig against the president.
“In terms of risk assessment, no one who’s ever looked at me thought I registered above a 1,” he said.
He added, “Am I stoked that there’s a file open on me? Absolutely. Did I enjoy it at the moment? Not so much.”
After being cleared by Secret Service, Mulaney ended up relocating to D.C. for a year as his wife took a position with the Smithsonian in D.C.
“I failed to realize that after telling the Secret Service that they had nothing else to worry about, I had leased an apartment for one year in Washington, D.C.,” he joked. “And that apartment was across the street from the Secret Service building. So, it had a planned vibe to it.”