As a comedian, Mulaney is much more interested in breaking down the rules of language than he is literal laws of society.

Whether it’s an old boss he had while temping who claimed he was “too old to be a duckling, quack quack,” or a woman he passed on the street who exclaimed: “Eat ass, suck a dick, sell drugs,” or even the “why buy the cow” proverb – Mulaney loves what appear to be random non-sequiturs from strangers (one even helped title his previous special, New In Town). He delights in deconstructing their messages, as if solving the riddle we hadn’t stopped to consider before.

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