"The joke was about how it was a leap year and the leap year was started by Julius Caesar to correct the calendar, and another thing that happened with Caesar was that he was stabbed to death by a bunch of senators because he went insane. And I said that's an interesting thing that can happen".
"I guess they opened a file on me because of the joke", he said.
Go ahead and watch the joke for yourself. sounds like even John sensed he might be crossing the line.
Although Mulaney didn't mention Donald Trump by name with this Julius Caesar joke, Trump supporters reportedly felt the comparison was implied and said it was threatening towards the President.
Although Mulaney hosted the show on October 31, just days before a presidential election that saw record turnout, it was something he said when he hosted on February 29, 2020 that got him flagged.
John Mulaney was investigated by the Secret Service. As the comedian continued, "I was cleared by the Secret Service-I've been told". Absolutely. Did I enjoy it at the moment?
"They were very nice in the interview", said Mulaney, a Democrat.
Mulaney then said they wanted to make sure there wasn't "anything else" they should be aware of before they closed the file on him. But when asked if there was any information pertinent to the investigation, he said he forgot to mention that he had leased out an apartment in Washington D.C. for a year as his wife worked on a project for the Smithsonian. "In terms of risk assessment, no one who's ever looked at me thought I registered above a 1".
Despite that scare, Mulaney actually had a pretty good 2020, hosting "SNL" twice, both before and after the pandemic.