Billy Eichner to Star in Amy Poehler's USA Comedy 'Difficult People'
The USA Network is about to be invaded — with humor.
The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned that Emmy-nominated 'Billy on the Street' host Billy Eichner has signed on to both create and star in the network's upcoming scripted comedy, titled 'Difficult People,' alongside longtime friend and head writer Julie Klausner ('Mulaney').
The pilot will center around Eichner and Klausner's characters who are described as frustrated comedians and pop culture-loving best friends living in New York City who hate everyone — except each other, of course. Klausner will pen the script, while Amy Poehler will executive producer alongside Dave Becky and Michele Armour of Marobru ('Chappelle's Show'). Andrew Fleming ('Hamlet 2') will direct.
This deal will help to expand Eichner's relationship with Klausner, who serves as a head writer and co-excutive producer on Fuse's man-on-the-street game show 'Billy on the Street,' which is now in the midst of its third season.
It should also build on Eichner's budding relationship with Poehler, who has been featured on his show several times and vice versa. The funnyman currently has a recurring role as Craig on NBC's 'Parks and Recreation' (starring Poehler), with producers keen on having his character potentially upped to a series regular.
But just to prove how great they are together, watch as Eichner and Poehler harrass people in New York City and get them to sing Christmas carols in this 'Billy on the Street' clip. It's comedy gold in the making: