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by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 3rd 2009 11:03AM
John Mulaney, form Comedy Central PresentsIf you tune in to the premiere of the new Comedy Central Presents... stand-up shows tonight, you'll see a couple of familiar faces in John Mulaney (11PM) and Kristen Schaal (11:30PM).

Schaal might be the easier face to place - her role as Mel, the lone groupie on Flight of the Conchords expanded this season, to the point where Bret and Jemaine were actually living at her apartment for a while. Mulaney has done more work behinds the scenes writing for Saturday Night Live (he's been on camera once or twice, in the fine tradition of writers like Conan O'Brien). But he's also been on shows like Important Things with Demetri Martin and Best Week Ever.

Both are worth catching for their stand-up acts. Schaal brings some of the quirkiness of her Conchords character, without the creepiness. She's got a great, vivid imagination, which is easy to see in this clip about her dreaming of George Washington.

Kristen Schaal - Sex Dream
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You can get a good idea of Mulaney's sarcastic, pop culture infused sense of humor from his Best Week Ever appearances, but he's great when he has a chance to spread a story out a bit. He does a great bit on his new CD, The Top Part, about the character archetypes on Law & Order that you'll most likely see on the show tonight (I won't spoil the punchlines for you, but it's clear he has watched even more Law & Order than the rest of us, which is to say a lot). Hopefully, you'll also see his bit about what became of Jerry Orbach's eyes (Google this to get a hint of where he's going, or read our post from 2007 about it).

Here's a self-deprecating bit of Mulaney's, about meeting strangers on the train:

Kristen Schaal - Sex Dream
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If you live in New York, there's a good chance you can see both of them live easily - they both gig there frequently.

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man i love that train bit and was surprised to see schaal up there instead. either way love 'em both!!

April 09 2009 at 2:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yay for John Mulaney interviews AND the Sound of Young America! (Who knew Jesse Thorn posted on TV Squad?)

April 03 2009 at 6:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I just posted an interview with John Mulaney on my podcast this week: http://www.maximumfun.org/blog/2009/03/john-mulaney-standup-comedian-and.html

He's fantastically talented.

April 03 2009 at 1:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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