Who Is Billy Eichner?
Born on September 18, 1978, Billy Eichner is an openly gay Jewish comedian and TV personality who came to fame in 2011 as the star of Funny or Die's Billy on the Street, which airs on TruTV. He not only stars on the comedy game show but he also serves as its executive producer. In 2013 he began guest starring in Parks and Recreation's sixth season as the melodramatic Craig Middlebrooks and later became a regular in the seventh season. Eichner also starred in Hulu's Difficult People (2015-2017) and most recently played the role of an eccentric neighbor in American Horror Story: Cult (2017).
'Billy on the Street'
In December 2011, Eichner began hosting Billy on the Street, a comedy game show in which he asks pop culture-oriented questions to random people on the streets of New York City. Some of the popular games on the show are: "Quizzed in the Face," "For A Dollar," and "Amateur Speed Sketching."
The show began airing on Fuse TV but later moved to TruTV. In September 2017 Eichner announced the show was looking for a new network.
For his work on the show, Eichner has been nominated twice for an Emmy, in 2013 for Outstanding Game Show Host and in 2015 for Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program.
In Season 5, Eichner received a lot of attention for his episode, Do Gay People Care About John Oliver? with John Oliver!, which originally aired in January 2017.
Meghan McCain Twitter War
In January 2017 Eichner got the Twitterverse into a tweeting frenzy when he verbally lambasted Meghan McCain, the daughter of Senator John McCain, after her criticism of Meryl Streep's anti-Trump speech at the 74th Golden Globe Awards.
McCain started with: “This Meryl Streep speech is why Trump won. And if people in Hollywood don’t start recognizing why and how – you will help him get re-elected.”
Eichner wasted no time to respond: “Um she asked him not to make fun of disabled people and advocated for the freedom of the press and the arts you f—— moron.”
McCain slammed the comedian, stating: “@billyeichner calling republicans like me ‘f—— morons’ is a great way for Hollywood to bridge the cultural divide. Enjoy your bubble.”
Eichner wouldn't let up: “I rather live in a bubble than live with people who don’t feel a need to respect the disabled, freedom of speech & the arts,” adding, “@MeghanMcCain Oh & another message from my bubble-can u ask dad to give back the MILLIONS he’s received from the NRA? MERYL F—— STREEP!”
Early Life & Comedy Career
Born on September 18, 1978 in New York City, Eichner attended Stuyvesant High School and graduated in 1996. Four years later he received his bachelors degree in theater at Northwestern University and returned to New York City to embark in a career in comedy.
Eichner began turning heads as the writer and host of Creation Nation: A Live Talk Show and used his on-camera chops to snag a special correspondent's gig on Conan. From there, he appeared on a number of day time and late night shows such as The Wendy Williams Show, Last Call with Carson Daly and Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. In 2014 he also had an onscreen stint interviewing random people with host Seth Meyers at the Emmy Awards.
Eichner has also expanded his talents by lending his voice to the animated adult TV sitcom Bob's Burgers, performing as Mr. Ambrose, and has had other voice over roles in animated films like Penguins of Madagascar (2014) and The Angry Birds Movie (2016).
In 2013 he began guest starring in Parks and Recreation as Craig Middlebrooks and later became a regular on the show. Two years later, Eichner starred opposite Julie Klausner, in Hulu's Difficult People, a show about two struggling comedians living in New York City. The series lasted three seasons from 2015 to 2017. The same year he was wrapping up Difficult People, Eichner kept busy with his next gig on American Horror Story: Cult. Offering some comedic relief on the horror anthology series, Eichner played an eccentric beekeeping neighbor named Harrison Wilton who moves into a sinister home with his ditzy wife Meadow (played by actress Leslie Grossman).
In November 2017 Eichner was confirmed to be the voice of Timon, in the live-action version of The Lion King.
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