As we light the fifth candle on our celebrity menorah, we celebrate the wonder of Billy Eichner who both lit and turned up the volume on our year. Brash, loud, and, of course, hilarious, Eichner is the comedian we need, nay deserve, in a year that has been a lot of things but often far from humorous.
We Celebrate His Chutzpah: It takes a lot of nerve to approach a stranger on the streets of New York City, even more so to accost them with a microphone and a camera. Time and time again, Eichner proves on his show Billy on the Street that people will do a whole lot for just a dollar. Were it not for Billy, we'd have never met the delightful weirdos roaming the streets of New York, like Elena, perhaps his greatest discovery. If average Joes weren't enough, it's also pretty remarkable the things Billy can get his celebrity guests to do, like asking Drew Barrymore to play the self-deprecating "Would Drew Barrymore Like That?" or subjecting Paul Rudd to the humiliating "Would You Have Sex With Paul Rudd" game. Other highlights from the year include smashing a car with Lindsay Lohan and the Meryl-Go-Round.
We Celebrate His Mitzvoth: As if Billy on the Street weren't enough, Eichner continues to give and to give to us, his adoring public. He currently has recurring roles on Parks and Recreation and Bob's Burgers. He also appeared this year on The Millers and New Girl. He is currently working on a Hulu show, Difficult People, with his friend and frequent collaborator, Julie Klausner. May Billy continue to grant us the gift of his creative energy for ever and ever. Baruch ata Billy Eichner.
It's my birthday tomorrow - in lieu of charitable donations, please send gifts.— billy eichner (@billyeichner) September 17, 2014
We Celebrate the Miracle of Billy: There's not really any better way to describe BIlly Eichner than miraculous. He's come just in time to spare us from dull talk shows and formulaic sitcoms, shaking up the establishment and keeping us laughing.
Billy is so funny, in fact, that earlier this year Burger King decided to straight up steal his shtick. Eichner then proceeded to call them out on Twitter, threatening to "flame broil" the Burger King's man-parts. These days it's rare, and so refreshing, to see a celebrity speak his mind without consulting a publicist first.
Billy, you may have written a song for Taylor Swift, but we love you so much we would like to write a song for you. But we'll leave it to the professionals.
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