Billy Eichner

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Billy Eichner
Billy Eichner May 2014.jpg
Eichner in 2014
Born (1978-09-18) September 18, 1978 (age 36)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality United States
Education Northwestern University Stuyvesant High School
Employer Funny or Die
Genres Improvisational comedy, sketch comedy, physical comedy, pop culture

Billy Eichner (born September 18, 1978) is an American comedian, actor, writer, and television personality. He is the star, executive producer and creator of Funny Or Die's Billy on the Street, a comedy game show that airs on Fuse TV. Eichner was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Game Show Host" in 2013. He is also known for playing Craig Middlebrooks on the sitcom Parks and Recreation.

Career[edit]

Eichner gained attention as the host and writer of Creation Nation: A Live Talk Show, a critically acclaimed stage show in New York.[1] He also appeared on Conan as a special correspondent in original video shorts[2] and as himself on Bravo's Watch What Happens: Live with Andy Cohen,[3] Last Call with Carson Daly,[4] The Wendy Williams Show,[5] and Fashion Police with Joan Rivers, among others.

Eichner was a voiceover guest star on the season three, episode 16 of the animated TV series Bob's Burgers. He has been a regular performer at New York City's Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.[6]

On August 5, 2013, it was revealed that Eichner would guest star in the sixth season of Parks and Recreation.[7] Eichner's first episode aired on October 10, 2013. He stars as Donna's Eagleton counterpart, Craig Middlebrooks, who joins the Pawnee Parks and Recreation Department when Pawnee absorbs Eagleton.[8] He became a series regular in episode four of season seven of the show.

During the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards show in 2014, Eichner appeared with show host Seth Meyers on the streets of New York, interviewing random people.[9]

Eichner filmed the pilot for a new sitcom, Difficult People, co-starring and written by Julie Klausner and produced by Amy Poehler in June 2014. The show has been picked up by Hulu.

Personal life[edit]

Eichner is Jewish[10] and openly gay.[11][12][13] He graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1996.[14]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 What Happens in Vegas Band Leader
2010 The Charlie Sheen Is Too Damn High Timmy McMillan Short film
2013 Glitter and Ribs Taylor Swift Short film
2014 The Penguins of Madagascar New York Reporter

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011–Present Billy on the Street Himself 30 episodes
Nominated—Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host
2013–2014 Bob's Burgers Mr. Ambrose 2 episodes
2013–2015 Parks and Recreation Craig Middlebrooks 19 episodes
2014 The Millers Leon Episode: "Movin' Out (Carol's Song)"
2014 New Girl Barry Episode: "LAXmas"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Calhoun, Ada (May 15, 2005). "Hey Gang, Let's Put On a Twisted Talk Show". The New York Times. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Team Coco Heads To The Superbowl!". teamcoco.com. February 3, 2012. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Watch What Happens Live - Martha Plimpton and Billy Eichner". BravoTV. Archived from the original on October 15, 2015. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Last Call with Carson Daly". NBC. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  5. ^ "LaToya Jackson and Billy Eichner". The Wendy Williams Show. February 24, 2012. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Billy Eichner". ucbcomedy.com. Archived from the original on October 22, 2010. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  7. ^ Evans, Bradford (August 5, 2013). "Billy Eichner to Play Donna's Doppelganger on 'Parks and Rec'". Splitsider. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  8. ^ Furlong, Maggie (October 10, 2013). "Billy Eichner On 'Parks And Recreation' – And Every Other Show Ever, Please (PHOTOS)". The Huffington Post. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  9. ^ Shorey, Eric. "Billy Eichner and Seth Meyers Harass New Yorkers About The Emmy Awards". thebacklot.com. Retrieved December 27, 2014. 
  10. ^ Kensky, Eitan (March 14, 2013). "Billy Eichner Is the Funniest Man on the Internet". The Jewish Daily Forward. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  11. ^ Fallon, Kevin (February 12, 2013). "How ‘Billy on the Street’ Host Billy Eichner Hit the Mainstream". The Daily Beast. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  12. ^ Peikert, Mark (May 27, 2009). "Billy Eichner: Gay, White, and Terrified!". Back Stage. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved December 27, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Billy Eichner". Retrieved February 18, 2014. 

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