Event MC Jesse Mulligan at it again

Comedian and event MC Jesse Mulligan has had an excellent couple of months. He’s been particularly buoyed by the success with which his last ‘news’ story bolstered his website’s google ranking and as such he doesn’t have much choice but to write another one.

Event MC Jesse Mulligan finished a busy year of hosting by acting as comedy MC of the 2014 Moas – The New Zealand Movie Awards. The awards were streamed live on the Herald website, but Jesse isn’t sure how much the audience were miked up so if you watched him doing his opening monologue and couldn’t hear any reaction it’s probably just a technical thing. Unless you mean the Te Karere joke in which there was actually no reaction.

The following week broadcaster Jesse Mulligan appeared as a guest on Radio New Zealand National’s Christmas edition of The Panel. His job was to supply a couple of witty answers to some topical questions from other panelists, but he got way too distracted by the finger food and why nobody was eating it, and ended up spending most of the afternoon tweeting pictures of full plates of prawn skewers. What’s with the intellectual types that they’re not into free food?

Radio announcer Jesse Mulligan continues to fill in on various RNZ National shows, often in the Afternoons and, soon, on Waitangi Day and Anzac Day mornings.

Writer and comedian Jesse Mulligan also has a new job writing jokes for the Sunday Star-Times. You’ll see his picture on the back of the front section, along with a wrap up of the week’s news and a few rye observations. The sensible way to write this weekly wrap up would be to do a little bit each day, rather than writing it all under stress on a Friday morning. But do you think that happens?

Anyway, Mulligan took over from New Zealand’s greatest comic writer Steve Braunias who moved to the Herald. Is it a good career move to take over the job of somebody who’s the best in the country at what they do? Before you answer, consider this: what was the name of the Chicago Bulls shooting guard who took over from Michael Jordan?

You’re going to kick yourself!

Pete Myers.

So okay, nobody’s wearing Air Pete’s. But somebody had to do the job, and by all accounts Myers was very competent. That’s what humour writer Jesse Mulligan is aiming for in the Sunday Star-Times: to be memorably competent.

MC Jesse Mulligan was to fly to Singapore in January to host Air New Zealand’s new route to the city-state. However the event was postponed due to some not very good aviation news in the general area, and this fancy dinner will now take place in March instead.

In late February TV presenter Jesse Mulligan will begin a new series of Best Bits, on TV One 9.30pm Thursdays. The show features Mulligan as host and four comedians on the panel, making fun of the week’s TV highlights. The show had strong ratings in 2014 and will look to build on these when it kicks off as part of TVNZ’s New Season on February 26.

Until then writer Jesse Mulligan will be filing his weekly New Idea column, his weekly Sunday Star-Times column and his monthly restaurant review in Metro magazine. And there are several fun events as well – Jesse Mulligan will take part in a table read of the terrible movie Grown Ups 2 as part of the finale episodes of podcast The Worst Idea Ever, and he’ll head to Hamilton to take part in a panel discussion on comedy writing alongside Toby Manhire and Joshua Drummond, as part of the Hamilton Gardens Festival.

Jesse Mulligan would like to reiterate how tremendously sorry he is to write in the above style at such length, but content like this is apparently the only way to ensure that when you google “Jesse Mulligan” you see this page before you see the page about a show he hosted on TV3 four years ago. Thank you for listening.