Difficult People, created by Julie Klausner is an American dark comedy series which revolves around two struggling comedians who share a general hatred for everyone except themselves. Klausner executive produces the series and also plays one of the lead. Other executive producers of the series include Billy Eichner (also plays one of the leads in the show alongside Klausner), James Urbaniak, Andrea Martin, Cole Escola and Shakina Nayfack. Amy Poehler (best known for starring as Leslie Knope in the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, for which she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Musical or Comedy Series in 2014) produced the series. She has also produced comedy series like Welcome to Sweden (NBC) and Russian Doll (Netflix).
The series premiered on Hulu on August 5, 2015. Due to the positive reception of the first season, the series was renewed for a second season which premiered on July 12, 2016. The series returned for a third season on August 8, 2017, before officially being cancelled by Hulu on November 14, 2017. The series had a dedicated fan base during its three-season run. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an average Tomato meter score of 95% and an average audience score of 85%.
Difficult People Plot: What is it about?
Klausner and Eichner play a fictional version of themselves, who are also named Julie and Billy, who are suffering from a tough phase in their comedy career. The series revolves around the endeavours of the dynamic duo, how they balance their career to how they balance their life in a society which they loath. They want to entertain people through their comedy but conflict arises since they despise everyone around them except themselves. The show also addresses the personal life of its lead characters. Julie’s relationship with her boyfriend Arthur adds a new layer to the show’s structure. Billy’s despicable relationship with is co-worker Cole also helps in keeping the experience fresh for the viewers.
Through these relationships, we get an insight into the psyche of the characters in a show which mainly focuses on the comedy. There are instances where real-life celebrities play fictional versions of themselves and take the comedy to a new level. The show is a testament to all the comedians whether they are active or not. It holds a mirror to the society in recognizing the talents of an aspiring entertainer.
Difficult People Cast: Who’s in it?
Julie Klausner plays one of the lead as Julie Kessler, an aspiring comedian. Besides being an actor, Klausner is also a podcaster and author. She served as a writer for programs in the comedy genre like Mulaney (Fox) and Big Gay Sketch Show (Logo). She has also written for pop culture websites like The Awl and Vulture. Billy Epstein, Julie’s best friend is played by Billy Eichner. He previously had a recurring role in the seventh season of American Horror Story. He recently had a voiceover role (voice of Timon) in this year’s box office hit, The Lion King.
The role of Arthur Tack (Julie’s boyfriend) is played by James Urbaniak. A prominent voice actor in Hollywood, Urbaniak’s first big break was a minor role in the HBO hit Sex and the City. He recently had a voice role in the DC Comics’ animated movie Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay. Andrea Martin a prolific singer, author and comedian stars as Marilyn Kessler, Julie’s mother. The veteran actress recently starred in the NBC sitcom Great News.
Matthew Ellis Ross, Billy’s co-worker whom he despises, is played by Cole Escola. Cole Escola is known for his cabaret work on the TV series Jeffery and Cole Casserole which was deemed a “cult classic” by Vice magazine. Shakina Nayfack who is known for her appearance on the TBS comedy series The Detour stars as Lola, Billy’s co-worker from the café.
Some of the actors appearing in recurring roles are Tracee Chimo as Gaby, Fred Armisen, Jackie Hoffman, John Cho, Lucy Liu and William Bogert.
Difficult People Season 4 Release Date: Cancelled or Renewed?
Difficult People season 3 premiered on August 8, 2017. Since the show was officially cancelled by Hulu, it is safe to say that the show is not returning for another season. It was also confirmed by Billy Eichner on November 15, 2017, via Twitter. He thanked the fans for being a part of the show and also Julie Klausner for giving him the opportunity. He went on to say that he was excited to see what Julie would do in future. So, it is possible the show will be picked up by another platform. However, for the time being, Difficult People stands cancelled.
Difficult People Trailer
The acclaimed show can be streamed now on Hulu by those who have missed it. The trailer from its debut season is below:
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