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Comedian John Mulaney to release new children’s musical on Netflix

/ 07:29 PM December 01, 2019
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John Mulaney. Image: AFP/Valerie Macon

The holiday special, titled “John Mulaney & the Sack Lunch Bunch”, will premiere on streaming platform Netflix on Christmas Eve.

The show will mark a departure from the comedian’s typical offering, with “John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch” taking the format of a children’s variety show that will include sketches and musical numbers.

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“I’m John Mulaney and I am a 37-year-old man. The Sack Lunch Bunch is a group of children ages 8 to 13 who are more talented than me,” Mulaney said of his latest project in a statement.

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We are thrilled to announce… JOHN MULANEY & THE SACK LUNCH BUNCH “A Musical Children’s Special From a Man with Neither Children Nor Musical Ability” @netflixisajoke Dec 24 Starring me and 15 brilliant young performers. And guest starring @davidbyrneofficial @jakegyllenhaal from Zodiac @nlyonne @andre_deshields @shereenpimentel @annaleigh_ashford Richard Kind and more! There are songs and sketches and we interview young and old about existential quandaries. Written by Marika Sawyer & John Mulaney Directed by @mrrhysthomas Original Music by @elibolin

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The musical children’s special aims to “recapture the magic of that bygone television era when children sang songs about their feelings with celebrity guests on funky outdoor sets.”

Among them are musician David Byrne, Tony Award winner André De Shield, “Orange is the New Black” actress Natasha Lyonne, award-winning actress Annaleigh Ashford and actor Jake Gyllenhaal.

“The result is a collage of Broadway-caliber showstoppers, comedy sketches for all ages, meditations on the unknown from children and adults, and a papier mache volcano. It’s funny, musical, joyous, anxious and surprisingly profound,” Mulaney teased.

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As Vulture pointed out, “John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch” will also find the comedian reconnecting with some of his former “Documentary Now” collaborators, including director Rhys Thomas and composer Eli Bolin.

In addition to “John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch”, the Emmy-winning comedian has previously teamed with Netflix for his and Nick Kroll’s “Oh, Hello on Broadway” as well as his “Kid Gorgeous at Radio City”, which was filmed during his 2018 sold-out run at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.

This holiday season, Mulaney is not the only celebrity presenting his own Christmas special.

Country superstar Kacey Musgraves’ own star-studded variety show premiered on Amazon Prime Video on Nov. 29.

“The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show” will find the hitmaker performing both classic and original holiday songs alongside guest artists such as Camila Cabello, Lana del Rey, Zooey Deschanel, James Corden, Troye Sivan and more. IB/JB

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