A joke about the death of Julius Caesar earned John Mulaney a visit to the Secret Service.
The Secret Service doesn't joke lightly about political assassinations, even if they come from someone as sociable as John Mulaney.
Mulaney revealed on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" that he was investigated by the secret service earlier this year after making a joke about the death of Julius Caesar on Saturday Night Live. Although Mulaney made no reference to President Donald Trump or any other contemporary politician, he found that the joke caught on on social media and resulted in an unexpected meeting with intelligence agents.
“The joke was about Julius Caesar starting a leap year to correct the calendar, and another thing that happened to Caesar was that he was stabbed to death by a group of senators for going insane. And I said, "This is an interesting thing that could happen," Mulaney said to Kimmel. "Lots of magazines that I think didn't exist before – – patriotic magazines suddenly on Twitter like Bald Eagle Monthly – – were like "This is an outrage!" (The Secret Service) was investigating me and I guess I opened a file on myself because of the joke. Am I thrilled to have a file open about me? Absolutely. Did I like it at the moment? Not as much."
Noting that the intelligence agents he spoke to treated him well, Mulaney understood that he was joking and thought the problem was solved – As far as he knows.
"I failed to notice that after telling the Secret Service they had nothing else to worry about that I had rented an apartment in Washington DC for a year and that apartment was across from the Secret Service building," Mulaney said. "Well, it had a planned mood."
Aside from jokes about political assassinations during the Roman Empire, Mulaney has recently appeared on a handful of high profile television shows. Since 2018 he has hosted "Saturday Night Live" four times, appeared in "Dickinson" on Apple TV + and in the recently canceled "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj". He also created the children's musical comedy "John Mulaney & the Sack Lunch Bunch," which premiered on Netflix in 2019.
Mulaney recently made his film debut by voicing Spider-Ham in the acclaimed 2018 "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse". He repeated the role in "Spider-Ham: Caught in a Ham" from 2019 and is set to appear in Disney's upcoming live-action "Cinderella".
Check out Mulaney's appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" below: