john-mulaney-cast-FOX.jpg“Mulaney” is FOX’s new multi-camera comedy premiering this fall, starring comedian John Mulaney in a largely autobiographical role and surrounded by a quirky cast of characters that includes legendary actors Elliott Gould and Martin Short and “Saturday Night Live” alum Nasim Pedrad.

“It comes from a time in my life … I was freelance writing for different people. It was such an interesting time because, like the character, I came into it with a certain old-fashioned idea about what show business was and suddenly living in Brooklyn and trying to do stand-up, it was — not a rude awakening, but funny to see what a grind it was,” Mulaney tells the 2014 summer TV press tour.

“I was at ‘Saturday Night Live’ and … I loved it at ‘SNL,’ but I wanted to make a move to do something else,” he continues. “I just remember thinking to myself the type of show I want to do is the type of show I grew up on, which is a live audience sitcom that is very character-based. … I thought it would be interesting to bring my sensibility to a show like that, that might be a weird experiment. And two years later, we’re here. An update of that old-school sitcom with maybe a weirder bent to it.”

When asked how great is it to be working with Gould and Short, Mulaney agrees that “it’s pretty ridiculous, isn’t it?” But the iconic comedians say the strength of the material is what drew them to the project.

“What drew me immediately to this was the strength of the writing,” says Short. “That’s the thing that you’re always kind of looking for and rarely finding.”

“Lorne Michaels asked me to come and meet John and I loved John,” adds Gould. “John is a really good, decent, brilliant, original person. I’m really happy to be a part of this new chemistry and this new cast. And Martin Short is one of my favorites.”

“The biggest revelation to me and what made me the happiest was seeing the strength of the ensemble. … There’s something about the strength of this cast as an ensemble that made me go, ‘This is a very potent weapon,'” says Mulaney.

“Mulaney” premieres Sunday, Oct. 5 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.

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