What turned out to be not quite so compelling, is when the show began to stray away from Mulaney's comedy and started to rely heavily on cliche sitcom one-liners. Coupled with audience laughter after every other joke delivery, things began to rapidly sour.
Mulaney had modest expectations when The Top Part was released, hoping the disc could serve mostly as a calling card of sorts. "I remember thinking I wanted the biggest picture possible of me on the cover because no one knew who I was."
You may have seen him on SNL's "Weekend Update," or as a talking head on VH1's regrettably canceled Best Week Ever. But John Mulaney continues to tour the country with his blend of charming and awkward comedy.