2015 has been a good year for Billy Eichner. He played an integral role on the final season of Parks and Recreation. His new Hulu series with Julie Klausner, Difficult People, is pure comedy gold, fanning the flames of Tumblr-driven controversy while delivering hearty laughs at awful behavior. And Eichner’s manic game show of sorts Billy on the Street is returning for a fourth season on TruTV. For those unfamiliar with Billy on the Street, it features Eichner and a microphone roaming the streets of New York City asking anyone and everyone random pop culture questions and engaging them in some of the weirdest game show segments known to the medium of television. With the season premiere of the fourth season, Eichner hasn’t slowed down one bit as Billy on the Street is just as funny as it’s always been.
For the inaugural episode of the latest season, Billy Eichner hits the streets with Tina Fey, at first asking her to name 20 Latino stars in a minute and later taking her around the city to find a new friend. Returning are classic Billy on the Street bits including “For a Dollar,” where the comedian asks questions to random people, offering a dollar for what Billy deems as the correct answer, and the “Lightning Round,” where the comedian runs through the streets asking random questions and freaking out many pedestrians. But the funniest moment in the episode is when Billy gets two older women to play the new game “Bob Dylan or Anal Sex?”. It’s amazing how interchangeable the answers are to this segment.
Billy on the Street crams in a lot of laughs in its half-hour of airtime, and Billy’s interactions with the denizens of New York are always a mixed bag of earnest people kind of freaked out by this man yelling questions at them, genuine nutjobs, and abrasive New Yorkers ready to fling profane insults. Let there be no doubts that Billy on the Street is still absolutely hilarious and remains a comedy/game show hybrid unlike anything else in the history of television.
Billy on the Street airs Thursdays at 10:30pm on TruTV