If there was any modern day comedian we’d like to see host a star studded children’s variety show at Christmas time, certainly it would be John Mulaney!
Yesterday it was announced that John Mulaney & the Sack Lunch Brunch will be a special airing on Netflix on December 24th. The special has been described in a statement as aiming to “recapture the magic of that bygone television era when children sang songs about their feelings with celebrity guests on funky outdoor sets.”
Mulaney said in a statement “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. In this special, we are joined by celebrity guests like David Byrne, Tony Award winner André De Shields, Natasha Lyonne, Annaleigh Ashford, Shereen Pimentel, Richard Kind, and Jake Gyllenhaal from the movie Zodiac. 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-mâché volcano. It’s funny, musical, joyous, anxious, and surprisingly profound.”
Anyone who saw Mulaney on Documentary Now earlier this year where he embodied a Sondheim-like character certainly knows of his affinity for musical theater. So something like this seems right up his alley. We can’t wait to see whatever the hell this turns out to be!