Julie Klausner

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Julie Klausner
Julie Klausner April 2013.jpg
Klausner in April 2013
Julie Ana Klausner

(1978-07-03) July 3, 1978 (age 43)
Alma materNew York University
  • Writer
  • comedian
  • author
  • actor
Years active1998–present

Julie Klausner (born July 3, 1978) is an American author, comedian, actress, podcaster, and writer. She is best known for creating, writing, and starring in the Hulu sitcom Difficult People (2015–2017), which also starred comedian Billy Eichner.

Early life[edit]

Klausner was born in New York City and grew up in Scarsdale, New York.[1] She is a graduate of New York University and studied at the Upright Citizens Brigade and the School of Visual Arts.[2][3][4][5] Klausner is Jewish.[6]


Klausner was the creator, writer, and co-star of the Hulu sitcom Difficult People, which also starred comedian Billy Eichner. Produced by Amy Poehler, the series debuted on August 5, 2015.[7] Season 2 premiered on July 12, 2016, and the third season premiered August 8, 2017. On November 14, 2017, the streaming service announced it had canceled Difficult People. All 28 episodes remain available on the streaming service.

Klausner is head writer and co-executive producer of web series Billy on the Street, also starring Eichner, which had previously run on Funny Or Die, Fuse, and TruTV and now premieres on Lyft's website and YouTube. Klausner has also written for television programs like Mulaney, Best Week Ever, The Big Gay Sketch Show, The Jack and Triumph Show, Ugly Americans, and Saturday Night Live, as well as for pop culture websites like The Awl and Vulture.[8][9]

As an actor, Klausner has also appeared in several comedy series in addition to Difficult People such as Netflix's Big Mouth and TruTV's At Home with Amy Sedaris, and as Cheryl in Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning FX miniseries Fosse/Verdon.[10]

In October 2011, NBC picked up a pilot based on the Sue Margolis novel Apocalipstick, about a woman's father that dates her high-school nemesis, which Klausner was to write and executive produce.[11] In March 2018, it was announced Klausner would co-star in NBC comedy pilot So Close, about two hopeless romantics unaware they live only blocks apart and may be soulmates.[12] Neither program was picked up for series.

In March 2020, Klausner joined the writing staff of Amazon Prime Video's revival of sketch comedy show Kids in the Hall.[13] She is also a writer on the Apple TV+ musical comedy series Schmigadoon! which stars Cecily Strong.[14]


In March 2011, Klausner debuted her comedy and interview podcast How Was Your Week with Julie Klausner.[15] In 2012, Rolling Stone featured the podcast on their list of "10 Best Comedy Podcasts of the Moment".[16][4] As of May 2020, nearly 250 episodes had been produced.[17]

In March of 2020, Klausner and comedian/author Tom Scharpling premiered their podcast Double Threat, which they cohost on the Forever Dog network.


Klausner's first book, I Don't Care About Your Band, was released in February 2010 by Gotham/Penguin Books.[18] In July 2010, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's production company, Gary Sanchez Productions optioned the book for HBO. Lizzy Caplan was attached to star and co-produce.[19] In 2013, Klausner published her first young adult novel entitled Art Girls Are Easy.[20]


  1. ^ "Julie Klausner's Comic Success With 'Difficult People'". The New York Times. 10 July 2016. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Meet one of the 'Difficult People': Julie Klausner". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  3. ^ "'Mrs. Shandy': The life and opinions of Julie Klausner, comedian". Politico. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  4. ^ a b Zinoman, Jason (31 December 2012). "A Podcast That Has Old-School Smarts". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  5. ^ "School of Visual Arts – SVA – New York City > Trending Now > SVA Alumnus Julie Klausner Profiled in 'The New York Times'". sva.edu. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Julie Klausner talks 'Difficult People,' her 'very Jewish' comedy series". Jewish Journal. 29 June 2016. Retrieved 28 January 2022.
  7. ^ Mandell, Andrea (6 April 2011). "Watch a trailer for Amy Poehler's new show, 'Difficult People'". USA Today. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  8. ^ Klausner, Julie. "Julie Klausner at The Awl". Retrieved 4 March 2011.
  9. ^ "List of Julie Klausner articles". 22 August 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Julie Klausner". IMDb. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  11. ^ Rose, Lacey; Goldberg, Lesley (25 October 2011). "NBC Buys 'Apocalipstick' Comedy, 'Masters and Apprentice' Drama from BermanBraun (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 12 October 2011.
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (20 March 2018). "'So Close': Julie Klausner To Co-Star In NBC Comedy Pilot". Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  13. ^ Otterson, Joe (5 March 2020). "'Kids in the Hall' Revival Set at Amazon". Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  14. ^ Cinco Paul [@cincopedia] (31 January 2020). "I'm making a show called Schmigadoon. It's starring Cecily Strong. It's a musical. I wrote it w/ @KDaurio @allisonsilvermn @julieklausner @thekategersten & Bowen Yang. And I think you're gonna like it" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  15. ^ "How Was Your Week with Julie Klausner". howwasyourweek.libsyn.com. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  16. ^ Berkowitz, Joe (6 April 2011). "The 10 Best Comedy Podcasts of the Moment". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 12 October 2012.
  17. ^ "How Was Your Week with Julie Klausner". howwasyourweek.libsyn.com. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  18. ^ Klausner, Julie (2 February 2010). I Don't Care About Your Band. Gotham. ISBN 978-1592405619.
  19. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (29 July 2010). "HBO Develops 'Band' Comedy With Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Lizzy Caplan". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 12 October 2012.
  20. ^ Klausner, Julie (7 May 2013). Art Girls Are Easy. ISBN 978-0316243629.

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