Netflix could very well give Adult Swim a run for its money when it comes to adult-oriented animation. “Bojack Horseman” made audiences laugh one second and cry the next, while “Big Mouth” takes everyone back to the awkwardness of adolescence. The platform seems to hope to keep the streak alive with its newest foul-mouthed series — “Chicago Party Aunt.” With a title like that, you know you’re in for a raucous experience.
The show draws influence from the parody Twitter account @ChiPartyAunt. Established by Chris Witaska, the username has tweeted all kinds of ridiculous things one would expect from that aunt no one likes to talk about during Thanksgiving dinner, and now, fans will finally get to see this fictitious relative out in the wild.
Suffice to say, this will probably be another Netflix series you don’t want to watch with your parents or your children, depending on who you live with. But if you’re looking to laugh yourself silly, here’s what to know about the premiere of “Chicago Party Aunt.”
What’s the release date for Chicago Party Aunt?
Netflix appears to have the utmost confidence in its newest adult cartoon. News of the show first came to light in July 2021 (via Variety), when the streaming platform announced it had already ordered 16 episodes. The first eight of those will premiere on Netflix on September 17, 2021.
There’s no word yet on when we might expect the next eight episodes, but it hopefully won’t take long. Seeing how Netflix ordered 16 originally, production on the back half of the season is likely well underway. We’d surmise that rather than wait an entire year to see more “Chicago Party Aunt,” the next eight will arrive on the service likely within the next six to eight months.
In case you find yourself with Chi-Town withdrawals, you can always follow the @ChiPartyAunt Twitter account. Posts unrelated to the series continue to go up, so if you need some comedy about deep-dish pizza and the Cubs, you know where to go.
Who’s in the Chicago Party Aunt cast?
As a show that centers on The Windy City, “Chicago Party Aunt” has enlisted the help of some Second City Chicago alumni to fill out its ranks. That certainly includes the voice of the party aunt herself — Lauren Ash — best known for her work as Dina on “Superstore.” While she hails from Canada, she got her start in comedy working out of the main stage of Second City Toronto before heading over to the States. She’s not the only one repping the city, as Ike and Jon Barinholtz, both born in Illinois, are also involved. They play Mark and Mikey, respectively, in what are bound to be even more hilarious roles to add to their resumes.
Other voice cast members include Rory O’Malley as Daniel, Jill Talley as Bonnie, RuPaul Charles as Gideon, Chris Witaske as Kurt, Katie Rich as Zuzana, and Da’Vine Joy Randolph as Tina. Plus, don’t be surprised if some additional comedy talent fills out the roster once the show finally airs.
What’s the plot of Chicago Party Aunt?
One thing we can safely say about this sitcom is that it will follow the misadventures of Diane Dunbrowski, who’s always the life of the party. She lives by the motto, “If life gives you lemons, turn that s**t into Mike’s Hard Lemonade.” But all of that craziness can’t exist in a vacuum. Throughout the show, she’ll offer guidance to her nephew, Daniel, who could’ve gone to Stanford but instead opted to take a gap year in Chicago with his wild aunt.
While there’s bound to be plenty of hilarity, the trailer also insinuates at a heartwarming core. Diane and Daniel have two very distinct personalities, and they can both learn a lot from one another. Diane can learn to get over her ex-husband, while Daniel gets a taste of what the real world is like before heading off to college. You don’t have to be a Chicago native to enjoy the show, but it probably helps.