Actor Billy Eichner

Billy Eichner (born September 18, 1978) is an American actor, comedian, and producer. He is the star, executive producer, and creator of Funny Or Die’s Billy on the Street, a comedy game show that aired 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 and Timon in the 2019 remake of The Lion King.

Early life and education

Eichner is a native of Queens and grew up in Forest Hills. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1996, and from Northwestern University in 2000 with a BA in Theater. 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.

In 2011, Eichner starred the show Billy on the Street. This aired on truTV and was created by Funny or Die. It is available on Netflix. In this show, Eichner goes around the streets of New York City, asking people random questions, or having them compete in trivia games. He often has famous celebrities on his show that will compete in games or go around the streets with him.

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.

During the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards show in 2014, Eichner appeared with show host Seth Meyers on the streets of New York, interviewing random people.

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 2017, he joined the cast of American Horror Story for recurring roles in its seventh and eighth seasons.

In 2019, Eichner provided the voice of Timon in Disney’s live action remake of The Lion King, from director Jon Favreau. Eichner said that Timon “[is] such a great role that allows you to do so much. But… the bigger the project and the bigger the names that you’re working with, the more you have to ignore it. If you get to the soundstage and you’re thinking, ‘Oh my God, what a full-circle moment! Nathan Lane did it originally! Beyoncé’s in this!’ then you’re paralyzed creatively. You just have to put that out of your head in order to get the job done.”

In July 2020, Eichner announced that he and Tom McNulty were developing a film biography of fellow Northwestern University alum Paul Lynde called Man in the Box, with Eichner portraying Lynde.

In March 2021, Eichner announced that he is currently writing and starring in the film Bros, which tells the story of two gay men with commitment issues who decide to settle down with each other. Being produced by Universal Pictures, it is set to be the first adult-oriented LGBT movie ever produced by a mainstream film studio. In August of that same year, Amazon Studios announced that they had bought the rights to develop the film Ex-Husbands, starring Eichner and co-written by him and Paul Rudnick.

Personal life

Eichner is Jewish and gay. He is currently single and lives alone in Los Angeles. Eichner is 6’3″ tall.


Eichner is a Democrat. 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 was getting people to vote in the November 6, 2018, midterm elections, especially millennials, of whom only 12% voted in the previous midterm election. Eichner joined the progressive political organization Swing Left as senior advisor starting in 2019 and endorsed Elizabeth Warren in the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries.



Year Title Role Notes
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)
2019 Noelle Gabriel Kringle


Year Title Role Notes
2011–2017 Billy on the Street Himself (host) Also creator and executive producer
2013–2015 Parks and Recreation Craig Middlebrooks 17 episodes
2013–2018 Bob’s Burgers Mr. Ambrose (voice) 10 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 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Himself Episode: “Retirement Plans and Financial Advisors”
2016 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Himself Episode: “Kimmy Meets a Drunk Lady!”
2016 Hairspray Live! Rob Barker Television special
2017–2019 Friends from College Dr. Felix Forzenheim 13 episodes
2017 Carpool Karaoke: The Series Himself Episode: “Billy Eichner & Metallica”
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)
2018 American Horror Story: Apocalypse Brock 3 episodes
Mutt Nutter 3 episodes
2018 The Simpsons Billy (voice) Episode: “Krusty the Clown”
2018 Family Guy Himself (voice) Episode: “Pawtucket Pete”
2019 Green Eggs and Ham Captain Walter Bigman (voice) Episode: “Boat”
2020 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Himself Guest Host
2020 Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special Elf Billy Christmas special
2021 American Crime Story: Impeachment Matt Drudge

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2013 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Game Show Host Billy on the Street Nominated
2015 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program Nominated
2016 Webby Awards Online Film & Video: Comedy, Individual Short or Episode Won
Dorian Awards Wilde Wit of the Year Nominated
2017 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety Sketch Series Nominated

External Links

Actor Billy Eichner – Wikipedia

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