Billy Eichner

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Actor • Comedian • Writer • Personality • Producer

Birth Date: September 18, 1978

Age: 45 years old

Birth Place: New York, New York

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.

Credits

Parks and Recreation

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2024

After MidnightStream

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Talk
2024

Mufasa: The Lion King

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Timon
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2024

Bros: Extras

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2022

Stand Out: An LGBTQ+ CelebrationStream

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Special
2022

Here Comes the Sun

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2022

BrosStream

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Bobby
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2022

BrosStream

Executive Producer
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2022

BrosStream

Screenwriter
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2022

CBS Mornings

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News
2021

Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas SpecialStream

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2020

The Drew Barrymore ShowStream

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2020

Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Extras

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2020

Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Extras

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2020

The Disney Family Singalong: Volume II

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2020

Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen, JD McCrary & Donald Glover: Hakuna Matata (From The Lion King)

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2020

The Kelly Clarkson ShowStream

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2019

Beyoncé, Donald Glover, Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen: Can You Feel the Love Tonight (From The Lion King)

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2019

Beyoncé, Donald Glover, Billy Eichner & Seth Rogen: Can You Feel the Love Tonight (From The Lion King/Audio Only)

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2019

Billy Eichner & Seth Rogen: The Lion Sleeps Tonight (From The Lion King/Audio Only)

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2019

RuPaul

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2019

Today With Hoda & Jenna

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2019

Desus & Mero

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2019

The Lion KingStream

Voice
Timon
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2019
52%

A Little Help With Carol BurnettStream

Guest Star
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2018

The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHaleStream

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2018

Access

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2017

American Horror Story: Cult

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Harrison Wilton
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2017

Carpool Karaoke: The SeriesStream

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Reality
2017

Friends From CollegeStream

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Felix
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2017
26%

Live with Kelly and Ryan

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Talk
2017

Talk Show the Game ShowStream

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Game Show
2017

Tinder Takeover

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2016

Neighbors 2: Sorority RisingStream

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Oliver Studebaker
Movie
2016
64%

The Angry Birds Movie

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Chef Pig, Phillip
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2016

The Late Show With Stephen ColbertStream

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Talk
2015

Difficult PeopleStream

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Billy Epstein
Series
2015
96%

Red Nose Day

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2015

The Late Late Show With James Corden

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2015

The Late Late Show With James Corden

Music Performer
Talk
2015

Last Week Tonight With John OliverStream

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Himself
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2014

Late Night With Seth MeyersStream

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2014

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonStream

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2014

The MillersStream

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Leon
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2013
47%

The AwesomesStream

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2013

Hollywood Game Night

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2013

Live! With Kelly and Michael

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2012

CBS This Morning

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2012

Billy on the StreetStream

Creator
Reality
2011

Billy on the StreetStream

Executive Producer
Reality
2011

Billy on the StreetStream

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Reality
2011

LIVE with Kelly

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2011

The Chew

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2011

New GirlStream

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Barry
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2011
95%

Dish Nation

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2011

Bob's BurgersStream

Guest Voice
Mr. Ambrose
Series
2011

ConanStream

Actor
Talk
2010

ConanStream

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Talk
2010

Access Hollywood Live

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2010

Lorraine

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2010

The Dr. Oz Show

Guest
Talk
2009

The Project

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2009

Watch What Happens Live With Andy CohenStream

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Talk
2009

Watch What Happens Live With Andy CohenStream

Self
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2009

Parks and RecreationStream

Actor
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2009
93%

Parks and RecreationStream

Guest Star
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2009
93%

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

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2009

The Wendy Williams ShowStream

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2008

Today With Kathie Lee & Hoda

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2007

ET Canada

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2005

The Soup

Actor
Talk
2004

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Guest
Talk
2003

Real Time With Bill MaherStream

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Talk
2003

Jimmy Kimmel Live!Stream

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Talk
2003

The BachelorStream

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Reality
2002

Last Call With Carson Daly

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2002

The View

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Talk
1997

Access Hollywood

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News
1996

Late Show With David Letterman

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Talk
1993

Charlie RoseStream

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Talk
1991

The SimpsonsStream

Guest Voice
Billy
Series
1989
85%

This Morning

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1988

CBS News Sunday Morning

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News
1979

Good Morning America

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1975

Today

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1952

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