Difficult People

Difficult People is an American comedy series created by Julie Klausner . Klausner stars alongside Billy Eichner as two struggling and jaded comedians living in New York City ; The duo seemingly hate everyone but each other. The series premiered on Hulu on August 5, 2015, [1] and the second season premiered on July 12, 2016. [2] [3]

On October 17, 2016, Hulu renewed the series for a 10-episode third season, which will premiere on August 8, 2017. [4] [5]



  • Julie Klausner as Julie Kessler, an aspiring comedian.
  • Billy Epsner as Billy Epstein, Julie’s best friend and fellow aspiring comedian.
  • James Urbaniak as Arthur Tack, Julie’s boyfriend.
  • Andrea Martin as Marilyn Kessler, Julie’s mother.
  • Cole Escola as Matthew (season 2, recurring season 1), Billy’s co-worker, which he despises.


  • Derrick Baskin as Nate, co-owner with his wife
  • Gabourey Sidibe as Denise, co-owner with her husband
  • Shakina Nayfack as Lola, a co-worker at the cafe where Billy works
  • Tracee Chimo as Gaby, Arthur’s boss
  • Fred Armisen as Garry Epstein, Billy’s Brother
  • Jackie Hoffman as Rachel Epstein, Garry’s wife
  • John Cho as Todd, Billy’s boyfriend.

Guest stars

  • Martin Short as himself
  • Nate Corddry as Brian Walsh, Julie’s high school crush
  • Kate McKinnon as Abra Cadouglas, a former alcoholic turned magician
  • John Benjamin Hickey as Fred, a date of Billy’s who turns out to be a “participator”
  • Maria Thayer as Nicole, a psychology student who Marilyn idolizes
  • Kathy Najimy as Carol Donato, a friend of Marilyn’s
  • Amy Sedaris as Rita, a salesperson at a sporting goods store
  • Malina Weissman as Renee Epstein
  • Ana Gasteyer as Julie and Billy meet at a diner
  • Seth Meyers as a conman who hooks up with Billy
  • Kathie Lee Gifford as herself
  • Esther Povitsky as Cissy Donato, a millennial nuisance
  • Debbie Harry as a mysterious woman
  • Tina Fey as herself
  • Sandra Bernhard as Lilith Feigenbaum
  • John Mulaney as Cecil Jellford, a date of Billy’s who turns out to be an old-timey
  • Nathan Lane as himself
  • Austin Pendleton as the director of a children’s TV series
  • Nyle DiMarco as Doug, Billy’s deaf date
  • John Early as Mickey, Doug’s interpreter
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda as himself [6]
  • Luann de Lesseps as herself
  • Sonja Morgan as herself
  • Kate Pierson as herself


In May 2014, it was announced that Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner would star in a pilot for USA Network , with Klausner penning the script and Andrew Fleming directing. Amy Poehler would be executive producer of Universal Cable Productions , with Dave Becky also executive producer under his 3 Arts banner, and Michele Armor of Marobru also executive producing. [7] That month Sami It was annoncé That Rachel Dratch , Andrea Martin , James Urbaniak , and Tracee Chimo HAD beens all cast in the series, with Martin Portraying Klausner’s mother. [8] In November 2014, Hulu had acquired the series, with a straight-to-series order. [9] In March 2015, Gabourey Sidibe and Cole Escola were cast in recurring roles. [10]

In March 2017, John Cho joined the cast of the series. [11]


Series overview

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 8 August 5, 2015 September 16, 2015
2 10 July 12, 2016 September 6, 2016

Season 1 (2015)

No. in
title Directed by Written by Original release date
1 1 “Library Water” Andrew Fleming & Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner August 5, 2015
Billy and Julie come up with an entrepreneurial scheme to sell bottled library water-fountain and Julie gets in trouble for a controversial tweet.
2 2 “Devil’s Three Way” Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner & Scott King August 5, 2015
Julie seeks out an old high-school crush and Brings _him_ to bed with her and Arthur. Meanwhile, Billy finds a father figure in Denise’s husband, Nate.
3 3 “Pledge Week” Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner August 12, 2015
Billy hits it with a new man, only to find out he is a “participator”. Meanwhile, Julie’s home-life crumbles as Arthur cracks under the pressure of the PBS pledge drive.
4 4 “The Courage of a Soldier” Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner August 19, 2015
Billy visits His Very Jewish Yom Kippur brother for dinner and Julie Attempts to befriend a veteran To Prove to Marilyn’s surrogate daughter That She is charitable.
5 5 “The Children’s Menu” Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner August 26, 2015
While Billy’s boss is out of town, Billy and Julie overhaul with the children’s menu coffee at adult prices kitchen.
6 6 “Even Later” Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner September 2, 2015
Billy and Julie is a writer and writer.
7 7 “Premium Membership” Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner September 9, 2015
Billy and Julie decide to create their own podcast, but it proves more difficult than anticipated; Billy has some unexpected fun at the indoor dog park.
8 8 “Difficult Christmas” Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner September 16, 2015
Julie and Billy book a gig at The Cutting Room, goal Billy’s newfound obligation to family threatens to compromise their big break.

Season 2 (2016)

No. in
title Directed by Written by Original release date
9 1 “Unplugged” Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner July 12, 2016
(John Mulaney) kept man with a group of powerful TV writers as boyfriends (John Mulaney) Marilyn creates a video will.
10 2 “Kessler Epstein Foundation” Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner July 12, 2016
Billy and Julie try to create their own version of the ice bucket challenge in hopes of becoming famous.
11 3 “Italian Pinata” Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner July 19, 2016
Mistaken perceptions about sexual orientation and leads to Julie and Billy living double lives in New Jersey.
12 4 “Blade Stallion” Neil Daly Julie Klausner & Scott King July 26, 2016
Time to become elusive after Julie is caught watching porn and Billy’s brother (Fred Armisen) moves in with him.
13 5 “Patches” Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner & Scott King August 2, 2016
Problems at Billy’s apartment to Marilyn; A misunderstanding in Julie landing a part on a TV show.
14 6 “36 Candles” Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner & Scott King August 9, 2016
As her birthday gets closer, Julie discovers that she enjoys her mom’s company when they are drinking; Billy tries to date a guy he met through an app.
15 7 “Carter” Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner & Scott King August 16, 2016
Inspired by the success of Hamilton , Billy and Julie want to write and star in their own historical musical.
16 8 “Hashtag Cats” Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner & Scott King August 23, 2016
Billy and Julie gain their first famous fan, who tries to help them sell a show to a TV network.
17 9 “Cedar Cove” Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner August 30, 2016
When Julie gets sick and Billy is cast in a children’s TV show, they jeopardize their chance to become fashion elites.
18 10 “High Alert” Jeffrey Walker Julie Klausner September 6, 2016
Julie writes a personal essay about 9/11 that is optional for a movie; Billy helps with preparations for Matthew’s wedding.


Difficult People have positive reviews from critics. Review aggregation website The Rotten Tomatoes , rated as one of the best in the world. The site’s consensus reads, ” Difficult People makes the unlikable likable with mean-spirited, unhappy characters that still can not help but amuse.” [12] On Metacritic , the first season holds a rating of 76 out of 100, based on 12 reviews, implying “favorable reviews”. [13]


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  7. Jump up^ Goldberg, Lesley (May 6, 2014). “Billy Eichner to Star in USA Comedy From Amy Poehler (Exclusive)” . The Hollywood Reporter . Retrieved April 4, 2016 .
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  10. Jump up^ Bierly, Mandi (March 24, 2015). “Gabourey Sidibe Talks Joining Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner in Their Hulu Comedy Difficult People and Life Inside Empire ” . Yahoo.com . Retrieved April 4, 2016 .
  11. Jump up^ Petski, Denise (March 22, 2017). “‘Difficult People’: John Cho Set To Recur In Season 3 Of Hulu Series” . Deadline.com . Retrieved March 27, 2017 .
  12. Jump up^ “Difficult People Season 1 (2015)” . Rotten Tomatoes . Retrieved August 18, 2015 .
  13. Jump up^ “Difficult People: Season 1” . Metacritic . Retrieved August 18, 2015 .

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