‘Difficult People’s second season has arrived, and as creator/star Julie Klausner puts it, it’s ‘going to blow your mind’! HollywoodLife.com spoke to Julie, Billy Eichner and Andrea Martin at the New York City premiere, and we can confirm that everything is bigger and badder this time around.
Difficult People is a show that’s tailor-made for the moaners and groaners of the world — so, you know, all of us. I spoke to series stars Julie Klausner, Billy Eichner and Andrea Martin at the season 2 premiere on July 11, and we discussed everything from glorious appearances by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Tina Fey to how they got away with making a Broadway star undergo something that can only be referred to as “toilet hands”. Enjoy!
It’s impossible to discuss DP’s second season without mentioning the incredible list of guest stars. Andrea Martin tells me that her two favorites this time around are Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and American Treasure Tina Fey. “I’ve known Tina and I did 30 Rock; we’re fans of each other. [We have] a shorthand because we both come from Second City. There was a comfort level there and she’s such a genius, so I was happy to work with her,” Andrea says. (I won’t spoil the whole thing, but when Andrea’s character Marilyn interacts with Tina — who plays herself in one episode — art does not imitate life. The line “I literally have never heard of you” involves some of Andrea’s best delivery yet.)
Julie Klausner tells me that this season, messing with the iconic Nathan Lane was one of the highlights for her. “In the Nathan Lane episode in particular, we were like, can we do this? I don’t want to give it away, but it was something where we had to make a pretty bold decision about, like — is this something that could happen in our world?” she explains. “Once we decided that it could and we wanted it to happen, it just freed up this whole delightful playground of possibility. We’re always trying to push to see how far we can go.” In this case, getting Nathan Lane to stick his hand in the toilet achieved that. Seriously, watch this show.
Finally, Billy is very excited that his character gets some action this season from comedian John Mulaney. “Julie wrote a scene where [he’s] giving me a blow job in the steam room at the gym — that’s my first sexual scene of that sort,” Billy says. Mulaney plays an old-fashioned dude who rides a penny farthing bicycle, or as Billy calls him, “the old-timey guy that I f*ck”. Of course, Billy-on-the-show doesn’t know that when he’s getting action at the gym. “I find out after. That was a fun experience; John is so funny and he was a very good sport about it.” Billy adds that his character has a hard job this season, as he serially dates a bunch of hot dudes. “I have to kiss a lot of a guys this season, though a lot of it was cut. Hulu maybe didn’t want to turn everyone off. I just bring in all the guys I want to hook up with in real life, and that’s why Joe Biden will be doing the show.” Hey, after that Hillary Clinton cameo on Broad City, anything is possible.
HollywoodLifers, are you going to watch season 2 of Difficult People?