John Mulaney Talks His Children’s Variety Special John Mulaney And The Sack Lunch Bunch

John Mulaney, quasi-immortal comic, is a man who does not want kids nor can he sing.

Yet, he’s doing a children’s variety special. It makes perfect sense. John Mulaney and the Sack Lunch Bunch will premiere on Christmas Eve. With it, Mulaney has a group of talented young co-stars and he gets to work with kids. No, the experience has not changed his mind on having them.

Talking with Entertainment Weekly, Mulaney discussed the upcoming special.

Mainly, Mulaney wanted to make some entertainment that didn’t talk down to kids. Instead, he wanted to try to bridge the generational gap.

“There was never some notion that we were being wholesome, that we were providing some space that was age-appropriate. I thought we should do what School House Rock and a lot of other programming did: the song is the song itself. It wasn’t like we’re not going to be dirty because I disapprove of it. There’s far more interesting avenues, some you could call dark, that you can take family entertainment down. It’s talk about existential dread that parents and children could watch together. It sounds like a joke tagline, but that kind of was the operating principle.”

The most important thing for Mulaney was that they never talk down to kids in the special. It’s a very Mr. Rogers philosophy, who also didn’t believe in talking down to kids.

“n 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.”

John Mulaney and the Sack Lunch Bunch will be released on Dec. 24.

Bec Heim