Via Zoom: Creators & Voice Talent of Hilarious ‘Chicago Party Aunt’

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CHICAGO – The funny meter of Netflix went off the scale last week, as the animated series “Chicago Party Aunt” made its debut on September 17th. What began as a Twitter account by comic actor Chris Witaske (who also provides his voice talent) has morphed into the cartoon adventures of Aunt Diane Dumbowski, her nephew Daniel, and an array of familiar Chicago-isms and characters.

The series was created by Witaske, veteran Chicago improv artist Katie Rich and actor/Chicago native Jon Barinholtz (Katie and Jon also character voices). Jon’s brother, prominent comic actor Ike Barinholtz, also serves as executive producer and voice talent. Diane Dumbrowski is voiced by veteran improv star, actress Lauren Ash, and her nephew Daniel is vocally portrayed by Broadway actor Rory O’Malley.

Chicago Party Aunt
Photo credit: Netflix Television Rating: 5.0/5.0
Television Rating: 5.0/5.0

“Chicago Party Aunt” follows Aunt Diane and her nephew Daniel, as they become roommates in Chicago’s Wrigleyville neighborhood, in the shadow of the legendary Wrigley Field. Diane has serious arrested development, stuck in a loop of endless Chicago style partying that goes back to the 1980s, which she passes along to her nephew Daniel, who has a softer and more fluid orientation. Rounding out the cast is Diane’s uptight sister Bonnie (Jill Talley) and her salon co-workers Gideon (RuPaul), Tina (Da’Vine Joy Randolph) and Zuzana (Katie Rich).

Patrick McDonald of did a series of interviews with the creators and main voice talent of “Chicago Party Aunt,” the hilarious series that proves that the party isn’t over until Chicago, and its proud citizens, says it’s over.

In Part One via Zoom, Ike Barinholtz, Jon Barinholtz and series co-creator Chris Witaske get to the touched-up roots of “Chicago Party Aunt” …

In Part Two, it’s Lauren Ash, the voice creator of Aunt Diane, Rory O’Malley (voice of Nephew Daniel) and Katie Rich, the series co-creator/voice of Zuzana …

The trailer for “Chicago Party Aunt” …

”Chicago Party Aunt” is currently streaming on Netflix. Featuring the voices of Ike Barinholtz, Jon Barinholtz, Lauren Ash, Rory O’Malley, Katie Rich, RuPaul, Jill Talley, Da’Vine Joy Randolph and Chris Witaske. Series created by Jon Barinholtz, Katie Rich and Chris Witaske. Rated “TV-MA.” For more on “Chicago Party Aunt,” click here. senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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