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Sep 22, 2010
@ 8:57 pm

RM: Is there any piece of advice you wish someone had told you before you started writing professionally, or doing comedy professionally?

JM: Simon Rich and I put a goat in a sketch once that had to be moved across the entire floor of Studio 8H in order to get to the third beat of a sketch. And you hear all your life that goats are stubborn, but you think, “Nah, it’s going to be okay.” But then you deal with one and they are. They hold their legs down and won’t be walked. So in this case two stagehands had to pick up the goat and run him across the stage to get him to the other place.

RM: So you wish someone had told you to never put a goat in your sketch?

JM: No, I’m glad we had the goat in the sketch. I wish someone had told me that “Yes, the rules of goats apply to you too. You’re not immune to goat stubbornness.”

The Writer’s Room: A Conversation with SNL Writer John Mulaney | Splitsider