Stevie Nicks really didn’t want to be on John Mulaney’s Netflix variety special “John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch”.
For a throwback to “Sesame Street” with puppets and cameos from celebs, including Jake Gyllenhaal and Natasha Lyonne, Mulaney tells Jimmy Fallon Nicks wanted no part of it, responding with “the greatest pass” in the history of showbiz.
According to Mulaney, 37, he had written an original parody song in the special specifically for Nicks and spent a month trying to track her down to offer her the TV gig. When he eventually got in touch with Nicks’ manager, Mulaney was given the bluntest and most brutal rejection.
After telling the comic Nicks was on tour with limited time, her manager elaborated.
“‘Stevie also listened to the song and she doesn’t think it’s funny,'” Mulaney recalls the devastating response. “And I said, ‘Oh, okay. The first answer was good enough’ and she said, ‘Stevie’s confused because this is not one of her songs.'”
Mulaney continued: ‘I said, ‘No, I know. It’s a parody song that she would be singing in but if she doesn’t like it and is not available…'” to which her manager replied, “She doesn’t like it.” In response, the comic just laughed because it was “the longest pass I’d ever heard in about a decade of entertainment.”
Again Mulaney clarified his request wasn’t for Nicks to sing one of her original songs but a parody instead, the manager reiterated that the singer just “doesn’t find it funny.”
“I wanted to let her know, I’ve been passed on many times, this is the greatest pass in my career. Please thank Stevie for me and tell her I said hello. Basically tell her I wrote the part because I want to hang out with her and then her manager said, ‘Well then come hang out with her. We have people in the backyard all the time,'” Mulaney ends with a laugh, throwing his hands up in the air.
But the verdict is out on whether Mulaney will take Nicks up on her backyard hang offer.
“I don’t know. She didn’t like my song!” he exclaims.