The Amy Poehler empire continues to expand. Poehler received a straight-to-series order from Hulu for the Billy Eichner-led comedy Difficult People. Difficult People comes from the Billy on the Street host and his head writer Julie Klausner. The two also star in the series as best friends and struggling comedians living in New York City who land in some awkward situations (sounds similar to another project from executive producer Poehler). Production begins on the half-hour comedy early next year. Difficult People originally gave a pilot presentation to USA Network, who later passed on the show. USA mostly develops dramas, boasting only Benched, Sirens and Playing House as original comedies. Hulu’s latest pick-up joins its other new comedy series order Casual from Up in the Air director Jason Reitman.
Billy Eichner continues to expand his reach beyond his Emmy-nominated Fuse Network show. He’s been recurring as Craig on Parks and Recreation and continues to create hilarious videos on FunnyOrDie. He expressed his excitement about the Hulu acquisition on Twitter to his co-creator Klausner. “Julie, Difficult People was trending today at the same time as Charles Manson’s wedding. This is literally ur dream come true!” This won’t be Eichner’s first time on a major streaming site. You can currently watch all three seasons of Billy on the Street on Amazon Prime.
The deal is yet another win for Amy Poehler, who has been on a roll this year. The Parks and Recreation star is in production on her final season as Leslie Knope on NBC and she will reunite on the big screen next December with BFF Tina Fey for The Nest. Her book Yes Please has become a popular buy in bookstores. She has her name attached to two different comedy series out next year: Broad City returns to Comedy Central for season 2 in January and her brother’s sitcom Welcome to Sweden was renewed for a second season. She’s developing a religious comedy series for NBC with Aisha Muharrar. Oh yea, and she’s also one of the highest-paid women on television. “I tend to enjoy funny people creating and starring in comedy programs, and Julie and Billy are the funniest around,” she said in a statement.