Billy Eichner

Billy Eichner

Highest Rated: 64% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)

Lowest Rated: 43% The Angry Birds Movie (2016)

Birthday: Sep 18, 1978

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Boisterous comedic personality Billy Eichner took the DIY approach to his craft from early on, often creating his own shows to star in, rather than wait around to be cast in someone else's project. The New York native had an energy and volume that couldn't be contained, even as a child. His parents allowed him to test the waters of show business, resulting in a small but memorable appearance on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) when he was 12 years old, playing one of John Goodman's sons. Though the appearance was far from glamorous, it didn't put Eichner off from performing in the slightest. He would go on to major in theater when he enrolled at Northwestern University in 1996. After graduating, Eichner returned to New York. Within a year, he and four friends from college found themselves itching to put together their next creative outlet, and they collaborated on an off-Broadway musical entitled "I Sing!" in which Eichner starred in 2001. Additionally, Eichner decided to continue his education, this time in the form of improv classes which he took from the famous Upright Citizens Brigade. He would go on to complete the UCB's rigorous theater program before getting the urge to collaborate with some other like-minded performers on yet another project. This time, he and friend Robin Taylor put together a live variety show called "Creation Nation," which combined stand-up comedy, scripted sketches, interviews with celebrities, and original musical numbers. The show went up in the basement of the independent book store the Drama Book Shop in 2003 and soon gained a substantial cult fan base, which followed the show even as it moved from one location to another. SNL's own Rachel Dratch came to a performance and was so entertained that she bonded with the cast after it was over, going out drinking with them and ultimately agreeing to appear in an upcoming performance. "Creation Nation" also featured video segments written by Eichner and directed by his friend Benjamin Salka, which helped Eichner develop his talent for man-on-the-street style interviews. He began being offered more opportunities as the show began to wind down around 2007, such as when Radar Online commissioned the comedian to produce a series of satirical segments that same year. Eichner was even cast in a talk-show pilot alongside legendary comedian Joan Rivers in 2006 called "Joan Rivers' Straight Talk," though the series wasn't picked up. Nonetheless, Eichner still had the drive to create his own projects, and he parlayed his street-interview persona into a web game show called "Billy on the Street," which found him surprising largely unimpressed New York pedestrians on the sidewalk to quiz them on pop culture facts. Eichner's trademark manic scream when surprised pedestrians took too long to answer quickly became the comic hallmark of the series. The improvised game show was picked up by the comedy website Funny or Die and he began shopping it around to TV networks, hoping it could find a place in television. In the meantime, Eichner starred in a one-man off-Broadway show at the UCB Theater called "Billy Eichner Goes Pop!" in 2009. Finally, in 2011, "Funny or Die's Billy on the Street" (Fuse, 2011-2014) was picked up by the cable network Fuse, elevating Eichner's visibility almost overnight. He was soon offered a recurring role as easily exasperated city employee Craig Middlebrooks on the hit Amy Poehler series "Parks and Recreation" (NBC, 2009-2015), as well as a voice acting appearance on the animated series "Bob's Burgers" (Fox, 2011-). Eichner was also nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Game Show Host in 2013. While continuing "Billy on the Street," Eichner began starring in his first situation comedy, playing a version of himself on "Difficult People" (Hulu 2015- ) opposite fellow comedian Julie Klausner.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
52% 88% The Lion King Timon (Voice) $543.6M 2019
64% 44% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising Oliver Studebaker (Character) $55.3M 2016
43% 46% The Angry Birds Movie Chef Pig, Phillip (Voice) $107.5M 2016

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 0% The Drew Barrymore Show Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2018-2020 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2019-2020 2012-2017
No Score Yet 50% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2019-2020
No Score Yet 26% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2014-2020
91% 88% Bob's Burgers Mr. Ambrose (Guest Voice) 2013-2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2015-2019
100% 73% Desus & Mero Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today With Hoda & Jenna Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dish Nation Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live with Kelly and Ryan Guest 2019 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning America Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Access Hollywood Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet RuPaul Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bachelor Guest 2019
25% 88% Friends From College Felix (Guest Star) 2019
85% 77% The Simpsons Billy (Guest Voice) 2018
No Score Yet 40% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2015-2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Little Help With Carol Burnett Unknown (Guest Star) 2018
83% 72% The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale Unknown (Guest Star) 2018
No Score Yet 29% Talk Show the Game Show Guest 2018
76% 71% American Horror Story: Murder House Harrison Wilton (Character) 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Conan Unknown (Character),
Guest
2016-2017 2014 2012
96% 86% Difficult People Billy Epstein (Character) 2015-2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Carpool Karaoke Music Performer 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today With Kathie Lee & Hoda Guest 2016-2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chew Guest 2016-2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tinder Takeover Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Funny or Die's Billy on the Street Host 2011-2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie Rose Guest 2015-2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS News Sunday Morning Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet LIVE with Kelly Host 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2016 2014
98% 84% Last Week Tonight With John Oliver Himself (Guest Star) 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The View Guest 2015-2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS This Morning Guest 2016
No Score Yet 67% The Awesomes Unknown (Guest Voice) 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2014-2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live! With Kelly and Michael Guest 2015
No Score Yet 75% Late Show With David Letterman Guest 2014-2015
93% 89% Parks and Recreation Unknown (Guest Star) 2013-2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Soup Unknown (Character) 2014
95% 84% New Girl Barry (Guest Star) 2014
47% 46% The Millers Leon (Guest Star) 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night Guest 2014
No Score Yet 58% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dr. Oz Show Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2013

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