Billy Eichner’s back on the streets. More than a year after he wrapped “Billy on the Street” on truTV, Eichner is reviving the franchise as a web series. The return of “Billy on the Street” will be in the form of eight “short-form episodes” produced by Funny or Die, which was behind the series, and new partner Lyft Entertainment.
This brings “Billy on the Street” back to its online roots. Eichner began making his irreverent, fast-paced man-on-the-street videos for YouTube as part of his standup act. That became “Billy on the Street,” which ran for three seasons on Fuse TV, between 2011 and 2014, before moving to truTV for two more seasons, between 2015 and 2017.
The new web segments don’t yet have a premiere date, but will feature guests including Emma Stone, Tiffany Haddish, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Kate McKinnon. Eichner promises the same comedy game stylings that made “Billy on the Street” like nothing else out there.
“I’m back to heal the country…and the world!” Eichner said in a statement. “After five seasons of the TV series, I knew I wanted to set the show aside in order to create some time in my schedule to pursue other projects. Now that those are taking shape, I’m truly thrilled we’ve found a way to bring ‘Billy on the Street’ back that makes so much sense for this particular show.
“As we all know, this is a very divisive, anxiety ridden time and I hope these new segments — featuring the most stunning roster of guests we’ve ever had — give people a small burst of joy in their timelines while allowing me to comment on culture and the world at large in the unique way this show allows me to,” he added.
“Billy on the Street” landed two Primetime Emmy nominations during its run, including outstanding variety/sketch series in 2017. Since ending the show, Eichner has been seen on FX’s “American Horror Story: Cult,” and is back for “American Horror Story: Apocalypse.” Next year, he plays Timon in Disney’s upcoming remake of “The Lion King,” and will appear in the holiday film “Noelle” opposite Anna Kendrick, Bill Hader, and Shirley Maclaine. Eichner also has a comedy special in the works at Netflix.
Eichner’s other recent credits include Hulu’s “Difficult People” and Netflix’s “Friends From College.”
The new web-only episodes will be available on all of Eichner’s social media platforms (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) as well as the “Billy on the Street” YouTube channel (YouTube.com/BillyontheStreetTV), Funny Or Die’s social media platforms and FunnyOrDie.com.
“The comedy and connection that Billy is able to create on the streets of New York City is truly extraordinary and these first videos may set the highest bar yet,” said Funny or Die CEO Mike Farah.