Reno – Dave Mulligan, writer-producer, pens his first book and memoir, Mulligan’s Wake.
Following the untimely death of his beloved father, Hollywood comedy writer and producer, Jim Mulligan of Laugh-In, M*A*S*H, Flo, and Silver Spoons in 1986, 25-year-old Dave Mulligan abruptly dropped every incumbrance in his life – after getting arrested for breaking into Marineland and riding the killer whales – bought a plane ticket around the world and began a whirlwind tour commencing on the other side of the planet in Australia. There are many failures along the way, and plenty of sex… but never at the same time (according to Dave).
In a whirlwind of new faces, beer, honest romance, irresponsible relapses and personal gains, Dave meandered somewhat aimlessly around Australia, driving an old, discarded station wagon named Ol’ Creampuff, with a Scotsman named McInnes in the passenger seat. They formed a unique bond, calling themselves the Knights of Chivalry, and saved scores of damsels in distress as they traversed the once-virgin territories Down Under.
Along the way, his late father regularly visits Dave in his dreams. Dave believes Jim would have been disappointed in his running away to find himself after his death and his ethereal manifestation doesn’t hold back when letting him know. But there’s also an underlying amusement in his view as Dave was living an adventure the senior Mulligan had only been able to imagine in his neat and industrious 55 years. But don’t let your guard down because of all of the shenanigans, for this is also a story of true love.
“Mad, crazy, fun, laughs, tears… every page is like sitting shotgun on the ride of his life,” said Robert Illes, Emmy Award winning comedy writer and publisher of several books including the graphic novel, I, Alien, and TV Biz tell all Funny Is Money. “I knew Dave’s late great dad, Jim, well, and he is a huge part of this story: his spirit guides his son to redemption.”
Mulligan’s Wake is available on The Ishmael Tree in paperback (978-1-945959-23-3), hardcover (978-1-945959-22-6) and as an eBook (978-1-945959-24-0). Find Mulligan’s Wake on Facebook.
About Dave Mulligan:
Dave Mulligan is a married father of three, living on the Truckee River in Reno, Nev. Dave hosts and produces travel shows for television, and still enjoys creating new adventures and seeing the world with his family. He’ll always miss his father, dearly, and is currently working on his next book.