Imagine what would happen if the TV shows Sinfield and Will and Grace decided to have a baby in today’s world … thought about it? Sounds like a recipe for disaster, or something that would not work, right? WRONG! It’s hilarious and irritating at the same time! Maybe that’s a bad way to introduce a show, but that’s kind of how I feel about Hulu’s Difficult People.
Billy Epstein (Billy Eichner) and Julie Kessler (Julie Klausner) are best friends who are trying their best to become famous in the comedy world. They are social media addicts, who think that a re-tweet from someone famous is more important than talking to some in front of them. They have a habit of thinking that everybody is terrible at what they do and they are the only ones who deserve to be successful in the comedy/entertainment world. Don’t get me wrong, they are actually talented, the problem is that they have such an attitude problem believing that the world is against them that they barely realize all the good things that happen around them. While they are not trying to find contacts in the entertainment business, Billy and Julie are stuck in dead-end jobs, where the people around them are as self-centered as they are – expect for Arthur (James Urbaniak), Julie’s boyfriend.
Ok… It really sounds like I don’t like this show, or that I hate these two self-centered characters, and that is totally wrong! I LOVE them! I feel bad when in the end they something happens and they are again stuck in their complaining rituals on social media. The thing is, they are only nice to each other. They go through ridiculous situations just to make the other happy. All right… every now and again they do good things to other people, but probably because they feel guilty about something. Again… there I go saying bad things about these two! Well… the name of the show is Difficult People… You probably expect that Billy and Julie aren’t the nicest folks around.
But the show is really funny! Each episode is a random event in their lives and in the end, the worst possible outcome will occur. Kind of like Seinfeld, the ultimate show about nothing – and all you Seinfeld fans out there, this is just an analogy. The scenarios that Billy and Julie find themselves in is just about as absurd as it can be. What is more, is that all these absurd situations are all inspired by real-life events or internet trends: social media challenges, teen youtube sensations, the overuse of social media, non-traditional food trends, and others. And this, to me, is what makes the show funny. Billy and Julie are the epitome of this current generation and how self-absorbed people are with showing off their “perfect lives” on social media; so, you don’t really feel bad about them when their tweet that was re-tweeted by some celebrity ends up ruining their attempt at being famous. This show is a good roast of our society and you can’t help but laugh.
Once again I find myself recommending TV shows that Amy Pohler produced. So you can bet that there are many famous appearances on the show, such as Fred Armisen, Tina Fey, Julianne Moore and many others. Not to mention, I’m a big fan of Billy Eichner’s Funny or Die “Billy on the Streets”. My dream is to one day walk somewhere in Manhattan and hear him scream random words in my ears… But yeah… There are many reasons to watch Difficult People, and these are just a few of them. The first two seasons of the show are available on Hulu. If you’re into sarcasm, irony and straight up funny, you’ll enjoy the show (despite it being a bit too graphic sometimes).
How do you deal with Difficult People?