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Billy Eichner

  • American comedian
  • Born September 18, 1978

Billy Eichner (born September 18, 1978) is an American comedian, actor and producer. 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 starred in the Hulu original series Difficult People alongside Julie Klausner and he had a recurring role in the seventh season of American Horror Story, which premiered on September 5, 2017, where he portrayed Harrison Wilton.


I was very much an only child who was raised by the television and movies, and I grew up in New York. We weren't, like, rich people, but we were middle-class people and my parents supported this love I had for entertainment.




There have been man-on-the-street interviews for years, but insulting people is not that funny to me.




Facebook is weird. They have all of these seemingly random rules that I'm sure make sense to them, but don't make sense to me or any people.




A lot of comics aren't their on-screen personas; Chris Rock isn't always ranting and raving. What I do is make myself this over-the-top character that people either find endearing or they think is a joke. Then I can do anything I want.




I thought I was going to be like Kevin Spacey in college.




For some reasons, I have WWE wrestlers tweeting me all the time. Like, my biggest fans. Why they can connect with my love for Meryl Streep, I don't know.




Every actor-performer says this, and it sounds so irritating, but I'm not the most outgoing person.




I would not have a career without Facebook and Twitter. That's the truth.




I came back to New York after college like any number of struggling performers, and you just find that niche where you can have some sort of impact. And for me that turned out to be comedy.




I thought it would be funny to go to my Korean dry cleaner and ask her about my head shot, as if it's the most important thing in the world, and as if it's something that everyone should weigh on because it's important to me.




A lot of people in Hollywood, and everywhere pretty much, operate on fear. No one wants to get fired, so everyone's scared to take a chance. There's money involved, and there are careers and reputations on the line.




If you really think you have something good, you can't take no for an answer. You've got to get in there and ignore the people who say no.



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