Billy Eichner & Amy Poehler's 'Difficult People' Will be Your New Favorite Show
Anytime Billy Eichner and Amy Poehler get together, it's pure magic. First, there was their Christmas Carol Ambush on Billy on the Street , where they hilariously harassed random strangers into joining them in rounds of "Jingle Bells." Then, Eichner began appearing on Poehler's Parks & Recreation , his loud, tempestuous Craig quickly becoming a fan favorite. And then there was Poehler's second Billy on the Street appearance, where she played the challenging and amazing game of "It's Not Pitbull — It's Amy Poehler!" All of those collaborations, though, were apparently just practice for the duo's biggest and best project together to date: Difficult People , a new TV show to be produced by Poehler and star Eichner in a leading role. Update: Though Difficult People was originally conceived for USA Network, a rep for Hulu confirmed that it has picked up the pilot to series on the streaming service.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the comedy will feature Eichner and his Billy on the Street head writer, Julie Klausner, as best friends who do comedy, love pop culture, and hate people — in other words, it'll be just like Billy, except a little less loud.
Klausner will write the script, and Poehler, along with Dave Becky and Michele Armour, will executive produce. If the pilot gets picked up, it'll be Poehler's fifth produced show on the air; the multi-talented actress already has Parks & Rec and Broad City, plus the upcoming Old Soul and Welcome to Sweden . As for Eichner and Klausner, Difficult People will be their first starring roles, although if Parks & Rec promotes Craig to a series regular like we hope it will, the Billy host could have two major shows on air this year.
With people as talented as those three involved, Difficult People might just be the most anticipated new show this year, and that's saying a lot when series from people like Halle Berry, Kyle Chandler, and Ryan Atwood (well, Ben McKenzie) are on the way.