While he’s open to doing a one-off special, Billy Eichner says he’ll never go back to making half-hour episodes of Billy on the Street.
It looks like Billy on the Street is a thing of the past. Originally airing for five seasons from 2011 to 2017, the series was hosted by comedian and actor Billy Eichner as he approached random strangers in public and interviewed them about celebrities, pop culture, and current events. He would often bring in special guest stars to take part in certain segments, such as Chris Pratt, Sarah Jessica Parker, Will Ferrell, Aziz Ansari, John Oliver, and many others.
The show was a lot of fun for viewers, but its chances of a revival seem to be extremely low. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Eichner addressed the possibility of reviving Billy on the Street with a new season. Eichner says that he has all but completely moved on from the series as he has since explored new creative avenues with his show business career and does not see himself going back. On the other hand, Eichner hasn’t completely ruled out doing one-off specials from time to time, but as far as an ongoing TV series, that’s not going to happen.
“In terms of the future of it, the vast majority of it is behind me. Maybe for special occasions we’ll bring it back. Obviously, it was not Covid-friendly. It’s a big part of my life, and it’s most likely why I’m getting the opportunities that I’m getting now, and I’m proud of it. But I’m never going to do half-hour episodes of Billy on the Street again, and I don’t ever see it coming back as a regular thing. I’ve just moved beyond it creatively. I did it for so long. People don’t realize but the first Billy on the Street-style video I made was for my live show in September of 2004. It predates YouTube! So it was a very, very slow burn of a success story. I’m not saying never ever, but I’m never gonna do it regularly again.”
Billy Eichner Has Moved On From Billy On The Street
Billy on the Street has finished, but Billy Eichner has not slowed down whatsoever since airing its final episode. He has since made a splash on the big screen by voicing Timon in Disney’s remake of The Lion King that was released in 2019. He also appeared in the 2019 Christmas comedy Noelle alongside Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader. Eichner also had roles in the TV series Impeachment: American Crime Story and Dickinson.
Eichner is also the star and co-writer of Bros, an upcoming romcom he wrote with Nicholas Stoller. It is the first gay romantic comedy from a major studio to feature a cast comprised of almost entirely LGBTQ+ community actors. The only exceptions are Debra Messing and Kristin Chenoweth, as they are considered “allies” to the community according to Stoller, with other cast members including Luke Macfarlane, Ts Madison, Monica Raymund, Guillermo Diaz, Guy Branum, and Amanda Bearse It will be released on Sept. 30, 2022.