Eichner in 2014
September 18, 1978 |
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Education||Stuyvesant High School|
|Alma mater||Northwestern University|
|Employer||Funny or Die|
|Genres||Improvisational comedy, sketch comedy, physical comedy, pop culture|
Billy Eichner (born September 18, 1978) is an American comedian, actor, writer, and television personality, commonly focusing on self-deprecation and pop culture. 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. In April 2018 Eichner was confirmed to appear in the eighth season of the show.
Eichner is Jewish and openly gay. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1996 two years ahead of fellow actors Telly Leung and Malcolm Barrett and from Northwestern University in 2000. Actor Robin Lord Taylor was his college roommate.
Eichner gained attention as the host and writer of Creation Nation: A Live Talk Show, a critically acclaimed stage show in New York. He also appeared on Conan as a special correspondent in original video shorts and as himself on Bravo's Watch What Happens: Live with Andy Cohen,Last Call with Carson Daly,The Wendy Williams Show, and Fashion Police with Joan Rivers, among others.
Eichner has been a voiceover guest star in several episodes of the animated TV series Bob's Burgers as Mr. Ambrose, the Librarian. He has been a regular performer at New York City's Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.
On August 5, 2013, Eichner guest starred in the sixth season of Parks and Recreation. Eichner's first episode aired on October 10, 2013. He stars as Donna's Eagleton counterpart, Craig Middlebrooks, who joins the Pawnee Parks and Recreation Department when Pawnee absorbs Eagleton. He became a series regular in episode four of the seventh season of the show.
Eichner starred in a Hulu original series titled Difficult People with Julie Klausner, and executive produced by Amy Poehler, The project was originally set up at USA Network. The series began airing on August 5, 2015. In 2016, Eichner appeared in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, released on May 20. In March 2017, it was announced that Eichner would be joining the cast of American Horror Story for a recurring role in its seventh season. In April 2017, it was reported that Eichner was in talks with Disney and director Jon Favreau to provide the voice of Timon in Disney's live action remake of The Lion King., which was confirmed in November 2017 by Disney's official Twitter account.
On February 1, 2018, Eichner announced a new initiative called Glam Up the Midterms, during that night's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live in conjunction with Funny or Die and with the support of several late night hosts including Sarah Silverman, James Corden, Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O'Brien, John Oliver, Chelsea Handler, Robin Thede, and Andy Cohen. Glam Up the Midterm's purpose is getting people to vote in the November 6, 2018 midterm elections, especially millennials of whom only 12% voted in the previous midterm election.
|2008||What Happens in Vegas||Band Leader|
|2010||The Charlie Sheen Is Too Damn High||Timmy McMillan||Short film|
|2013||Glitter and Ribs||Taylor Swift||Short film|
|2014||Penguins of Madagascar||New York Reporter (voice)|
|2015||Sleeping With Other People||SLAA Speaker|
|2016||The Angry Birds Movie||Chef Pig / Phillip (voices)|
|2016||Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising||Oliver Studebaker|
|2018||Most Likely to Murder||Speigel|
|2019||The Lion King||Timon (voice)||Filming|
|2011-present||Billy on the Street||Himself / Host||52 episodes|
|2013-2015||Parks and Recreation||Craig Middlebrooks||17 episodes|
|2013-2017||Bob's Burgers||Mr. Ambrose (voice)||9 episodes|
|2014||The Millers||Leon||Episode: "Movin' Out (Carol's Song)"|
|2014||New Girl||Barry||Episode: "LAXmas"|
|2015-2017||Difficult People||Billy Epstein||28 episodes|
|2016||Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt||Himself||Episode: "Kimmy Meets a Drunk Lady!"|
|2016||Hairspray Live!||Rob Barker||Television special|
|2017||Friends From College||Dr. Felix Forzenheim||5 episodes|
|2017||American Horror Story: Cult||Harrison Wilton||6 episodes|
|Tex Watson||Episode: "Charles (Manson) in Charge"|
|2018||RuPaul's Drag Race||Himself, guest judge||1 episode (season 10)|
|2013||Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Game Show Host||Billy on the Street||Nominated|
|2015||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program||Nominated|