Netflix has lost John Mulaney’s future comedy specials following a new deal…
The Sack Lunch Bunch will move their home from Netflix to Comedy Central after the network bid “aggressively” for further specials, it’s been confirmed. Netflix released the first of John Mulaney’s comedy outings, in which he spends some quite surreal ‘music, sketch and discussion’ time with a group of kids he’s determined to treat like adults, late last year. Sack Lunch Bunch was warmly received by critics and audiences at the time, but it appears the streaming service could not hang on to the property.
“I was an intern at Comedy Central when I was barely older than the kids in the Sack Lunch Bunch. I wasn’t a very good intern, so I am psyched they hired me again. We are thrilled to bring these specials to Comedy Central, a place where I have had so many good times,” Mulaney said in a statement (via THR).
Chris McCarthy, ViacomCBS’ Entertainment and Youth Brands President, added “We couldn’t be more excited about John’s return to Comedy Central and hope this is just the beginning of a long-standing partnership.”
There are reportedly two new specials in the pipeline, including a Christmas-themed edition that will bring back the original young cast. Mulaney created the project so that kids could access programming that really reflected their own life experiences.
“When I see people interact with kids, I was always like, ‘Why are you talking down to them? Why are you crouching on the floor talking in a high voice?’ I don’t recall needing that as a kid,” Mulaney told EW. “In the news there would be stories of ‘What should we tell our kids?’ and ‘What are our kids thinking?’ I just thought, you can ask them? You can make it an open conversation.”