The half-hour animated comedy follows Diane Dunbrowski, AKA Chicago Party Aunt, staying true to her mantra ‘If life gives you lemons, turn that shit into Mike’s Hard Lemonade.’
Netflix has just ordered a 16-episode season of a Chicago Party Aunt animated series created by Chris Witaske, Jon Barinholtz, and Katie Rich (South Side native). The Netflix show will be an adult animated comedy, with its first eight episodes premiering Sept. 17 and another eight coming later.
The show is inspired by the Twitter account belonging to Witaske called Chicago Party Aunt. According to the Chicago Tribune, Witaske has long remained anonymous as the person behind the account. The premise of the Twitter account is that Chicago Party Aunt is a woman who lives in Chicago and likes to drink, eat Italian beef sandwiches, and talk about the bleachers at Wrigley Field.
The TV show will expand that into a whole neighborhood of wacky but lovable Chicago-types. The aunt is Diane, voiced by Lauren Ash (Superstore), who lives with her gay nephew Daniel (Rory O’Malley). There’s also Gideon (RuPaul Charles), who moved to Chicago from New York, and Zuzana (Katie Rich), who is “straight off the boat from Poland.”
Remaining cast members include Jill Talley as Bonnie, Ike Barinholtz as Mark, Jon Barinholtz as Mikey, Da’Vine Joy Randolph as Tina, and Chris Witaske as Kurt.
Chris Witaske, Jon Barinholtz, and Katie Rich executive produce with Ike Barinholtz and Dave Stassen for 23/34, Gluck and Richie Schwartz for Olive Bridge Entertainment and Chris Prynoski, Antonio Canobbio, and Ben Kalina for Titmouse. Matt Craig will serve as showrunner. Titmouse will serve as the animation studio as part of its overall deal with Netflix.