Although John lost the show, he won the war. John was offered a talent development deal with ABC and was asked to come back and work in the Star Search studio – writing and doing audience warm-up. Upon moving to Tinsel town, John auditioned at the world famous Improvisation Comedy Club in Hollywood. There he garnered the attention of owner Budd Friedman. Budd started to use John in all of his clubs. This exposure helped John get his first big break in the biz. John was asked to replace Joan Rivers as host of The Late Show on the FOX network. After several rollercoaster months the show was cancelled. Later that year FOX called on the wisecracking New Yorker again to host another show that featured night club comedy on television. The show was called Comic Strip Live. During John’s two year tenure on the show, Comic Strip reigned as one of the top ten programs for it’s time period. When the show ended, John turned his sights on writing and acting. He wrote and starred in a sitcom called Midtown North which aired on Comedy Central for two seasons. During this time John continued to appear on television doing his stand-up. His credits include; An Evening at the Improv, Caroline’s Comedy Hour, Comedy on the Road, Hollywood Squares, Comedy Central, Showtime and HBO. In addition, he filled in as guest host for Pat Sajak on CBS’ The Pat Sajak Show.
John’s ability to improvise and work with an audience is legendary. But it is not without some unusual consequences. Once, John inadvertently sparked the ire of a drunken nightclub patron who happened to be a world-renowned martial artist. The intoxicated Kung fool jumped onto the stage and flipped John on his back. Another time, after a show, a well-dressed man approached John and extolled him as, “One of the greatest salesmen he had ever seen.” The curious stranger was adamant that he could train John in all aspects of the real estate business and that they could make a fortune together. John politely but flatly refused. Maybe John should have listened; it turned out that the man was not only the partner of Donald Trump, he was also his father, internationally known entrepreneur Fred Trump.
John has been to the Middle East four times to entertain our troops and allies. Currently, John hosts his own show, Mulrooney in the Morning, on iHeart Radio and www.Govsradio.com. The show is live from 6am to 10am Mon thru Fri – EST.
Great Balls of Fire
John Mulrooney is a stand-up comedian with more than twenty-five years of television, stage and radio experience. Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. John knew early on that his calling was comedy. Once, while on a family trip to the World’s Fair, young John climbed on stage during a children’s show and told a joke that would have been more appropriate for a bachelor party. Initially, John could not understand why the stunned audience members stared at him as if he were the last letter on an eye chart. John’s parents ushered him offstage and quickly “enlightened” him about his choice of material. Mr. and Mrs. Mulrooney then forced the fledgling showman into an early retirement.
But everyone knows you can’t keep a good delinquent down forever. In 1980, John emerged from his coerced hiatus to try his hand again. This time the reviews were favorable and John never looked back. John spent the next seven years honing his craft in front of fastidious New York audiences. During this time, John got his feet wet in television with a show called, Comedy Tonight. The upstart show was the first syndicated T.V. program to feature night club comedy on television. In addition to his on-camera antics, John also wrote and did the studio warm-up’s for more than 165 episodes. John’s abilities caught the eye of a savvy talent agent and he was off Hollywood to compete on Star Search.