Billy Eichner

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Billy Eichner
Billy Eichner May 2014.jpg
Eichner in 2014
Born (1978-09-18) September 18, 1978 (age 38)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Education Stuyvesant High School
Alma mater Northwestern University
Years active 2005–present
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 truTV. 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.

Eichner currently stars in the Hulu original series Difficult People alongside Julie Klausner.


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 has been a voiceover guest star in several episodes of the animated TV series Bob's Burgers as Mr. Ambrose, the Librarian. He has been a regular performer at New York City's Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.[6]

On August 5, 2013, Eichner guest starred 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 the seventh season 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 currently stars in a Hulu original series titled Difficult People with Julie Klausner, and executive produced by Amy Poehler, The project was originally set up at USA Network.[10] The series began airing on August 5, 2015.[11] In 2016, Eichner appeared in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, released on May 20.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Eichner is Jewish[13] and openly gay.[14][15][16] He graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1996[17] and from Northwestern University in 2000.[18] Actor Robin Lord Taylor was his college roommate.[19]



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 Penguins of Madagascar New York Reporter
2015 Sleeping With Other People SLAA Speaker
2016 The Angry Birds Movie Chef Pig/Phillip
2016 Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising Oliver Studebaker


Year Title Role Notes
2011–present Billy on the Street Himself 31 episodes
Nominated—Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host (2013)
2013–2016 Bob's Burgers Mr. Ambrose 5 episodes
2013–2015 Parks and Recreation Craig Middlebrooks series regular; 17 episodes
2014 The Millers Leon Episode: "Movin' Out (Carol's Song)"
2014 New Girl Barry Episode: "LAXmas"
2015–present Difficult People Billy Epstein series regular; 17 episodes
2016 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt himself Episode: "Kimmy Meets a Drunk Lady!"
2016 Hairspray Live! Rob Barker adaptation of the Broadway musical
2017 Friends From College Dr. Felix Forzenheim Recurring


  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! [sic]". 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, 2013. 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". 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". Retrieved December 27, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Hulu Orders Amy Poehler's Difficult People Starring Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner". 
  11. ^ "Watch the First Difficult People Teaser -- Vulture". Vulture. 
  12. ^ Kroll, Justin. "Billy Eichner Joins Cast of 'Neighbors 2'". Retrieved 30 October 2015. 
  13. ^ Kensky, Eitan (March 14, 2013). "Billy Eichner Is the Funniest Man on the Internet". The Jewish Daily Forward. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  14. ^ Kamp, David (November 2015). "Billy Eichner is Only Shouting Because New York Is Loud". Vanity Fair. Retrieved October 5, 2015. 
  15. ^ Fallon, Kevin (February 12, 2013). "How 'Billy on the Street' Host Billy Eichner Hit the Mainstream". The Daily Beast. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  16. ^ Peikert, Mark (May 27, 2009). "Billy Eichner: Gay, White, and Terrified!". Backstage. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Billy Eichner". Retrieved February 18, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Billy Eichner Biography". Retrieved July 22, 2015. 
  19. ^ Wagner, Curt (October 5, 2014). "Robin Lord Taylor walks the walk as Penguin in 'Gotham'". RedEye. Retrieved January 12, 2017. 


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