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Fortunately, we have not yet seen the last of John Mulaney and his faithful Sack Lunch Bunch. Comedy Central revealed to Vulture that the stand-up comedian (and former intern at Comedy Central!) Has made an agreement with the network, in which he will make the headlines and the executive production of two others Sack Lunch Bunch special. One will be an “upcoming special on the holiday theme that will bring together the actors of the original successful special”.
The deal with Mulaney is part of a larger reinvention of Comedy Central, which will see the network focus on original comedy movies, adult entertainment, and news / perspective shows, often big names like than Mulaney. While this agreement does not put Comedy Central back in the business of doing stand-up specials with Mulaney – he has recently been very attached to Netflix – the fact that Comedy Central was willing to intensify its talent relationships at Mulaney level is a sign that the company owned by ViacomCBS remains serious about creating premium content.
“I was an intern at Comedy Central when I was barely older than the children of Sack Lunch Bunch. I was not a very good intern, so I am excited, “said Mulaney in a press release. “They hired me again. We are delighted to bring these specials to Comedy Central: a place where I had so much fun. Chris McCarthy, president of ViacomCBS Entertainment and Youth, said he hoped the deal would mean “just the start of a long-standing partnership.”
Mulaney’s first Sack Lunch Bunch Special debuted on Netflix in December 2019 and was, unsurprisingly for a Mulaney project, very good and funny. Time will tell what form the next two specials will take on Comedy Central, but here we are hoping for some success stories such as “Plain Plate of Noodles”, “Grandma’s Boyfriend Paul” and of course “I Saw a White Lady Standing on the Street Just Sobbing (and I think about it once a week). “