John Mulaney to Narrate Audiobook Version of Former SNL Writer’s New Short Story Collection 

John Mulaney’s glory days are upon him. The comedian has lined up his next gig, and the project reunites him with an old Saturday Night Live collaborator.

Mulaney has signed on to narrate the audiobook of Glory Days, a new short story collection from humorist Simon Rich, People reports.

Rich is an established writer with seven short story collections and two novels to his name, but from 2007 to 2011 he was a writer for SNL. Mulaney, who wrote for the show from 2008 to 2013, was one of Rich’s regular writing partners. “What’s That Name?” and “Family Flix: Rocket Dog” are just two of the sketches they collaborated on during their time together at SNL.

Per the book’s official synopsis, Glory Days weaves stories about “the plight of aging millennials” into a collection that “mourns the death of youthful innocence and hails the beginning of something approximating wisdom.”

Those stories include tales of Super Mario’s midlife crisis, a field day participation trophy’s own nostalgia, and the Tooth Fairy’s office. It’s Rich’s first release since his 2021 collection, New Teeth.

“I’ve been a John Mulaney super fan since the day we met at SNL in 2008,” Rich said in a statement. “He’s the funniest person on the planet. I think he should read the audio version of every book, even the super-intense religious ones.”

Rich was just 24 years old when he was hired by SNL, making him one of the youngest staff writers in the show’s 50-year history. (Current writers Auguste White and Asha Ward were just 23 years old when they were hired). In addition to SNL, Rich’s TV credits include creating the comedy series Man Seeking Woman and Miracle Workers, both of which were based on his previously published works.

Mulaney, meanwhile, is fresh off his acclaimed six-episode run on the Emmy-hopeful John Mulaney Presents: Everybody’s in LA, as well as last year’s Emmy-winning standup special, Baby J.

Glory Days will be published on July 23 by Hachette Audio and Little, Brown and Company.

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