Funny or Die’s Billy on the Street, part game show, part man-on-the street ambush, is emblematic of today’s pop culture: Loud. In your face. Unapologetic.
In Fuse’s new television show, Billy Eichner, the gut-bustingly funny host without boundaries or a volume meter, asks the colorful people of New York City pop culture trivia questions for as little as a dollar bill.
Nowhere else on television would you find the host of a game show chasing down random people to enlist them in an “Ask an Asian” lifeline or flat-out abandoning a game when a contestant reveals she may be coming down with an illness. And Eichner himself is only half of the show’s winning equation. The cynical and crazy citizens of NYC provide the other unpredictable element. Complete strangers often answer his questions with surprising and refreshing honesty. Eichner feeds off of New York City’s blunt, tell-it-like-it-is energy and the silly abrasiveness and over-the-top looseness of what ensues just adds to the show’s charm and entertainment value.
And nowhere else on television would you hear the hard-hitting questions like:
“Who’s more androgynous? Tilda Swinton or Prince?”
“Gerard Butler hates himself. True or false?”
“Miss! For a dollar, who’s hairier down there: Daniel Radcliffe or a yak?”
or “Has 50 Cent ever thought about Mitt Romney?”
(The correct answer, according to Eichner: No. “The only white people he likes are his accountants and Chelsea Handler.”)
But enough with the words, see just how hilarious the show is yourself and check out this preview of Funny or Die’s Billy on the Street, a.k.a. the funniest 8:43 minute video you’ll watch all week. But don’t be intimidated by the running length. It’s worth every second. Trust me.
[Unfortunately, full episodes of Funny or Die’s Billy on the Street aren’t currently available online.]