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30 Dec 2019

Home Video Review: John Mulaney's New Netflix Special With Kids Is a Hilarious Revelation

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Bill Cosby is rotting in prison after being revealed as a rapist, and no standup comedians have been doing shows with kids lately.

John Mulaney to the rescue!

John Mulaney and the Sack Lunch Bunch, on Netflix, is sharply written, with a fun, darkly sarcastic tweak that should have both kids and adults chuckling. The joy of the show is that it isn’t dumbed down for kids. The kids are funny as all hell, and they even upstage the hilarious Mulaney on occasion. The music numbers are cute/funny, and the sketches all offer up solid laughs.

Guest stars include Richard Kind, David Byrne and Jake Gyllenhaal—proving he’s one of the funniest people on the planet, as a guy trying to create music without instruments. Bumper interviews with the kids provide funny revelations, including one from a girl who is afraid of pigeons. Standout musical numbers include one with a very strange math tutor, another involving a kid who only likes one kind of food, and a fine dance number about white ladies sobbing in the middle of New York City streets.

I’m hoping this isn’t a one off. John Mulaney and the Sack Lunch Bunch needs to be a series.

John Mulaney and the Sack Lunch Bunch is now streaming on Netflix.

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