- 3 Seasons
Difficult people is a situation comedy about two comedians struggling to make it in NYC city. Julie Kessner (Julie Klausner) and Billy Epstien (Billy Eichner) are best friends, native New Yorkers, and "difficult people" who constantly find themselves competing against people who are younger and more market friendly then themselves, if not funnier and more talented. Billy and Julie, while bitter and sometimes cruel, are hilarious and talented inspire of themselves. While the show spends much of it's time exploring the struggles of these comedies careers, what makes the show appealing is how awful Billy and Julie are in their everyday lives and how horribly they treat the people around them while still being entertaining and almost likable. Julie's live in boyfriend Arthur Tack (James Urbaniak) despite working for PBS, being a vegan, and hating music, is probably not as droll or as deserving of the way she treats her. Likewise, Billy, who is a gay man who seemingly hates all other gay men, is not nearly justified in his hilariously awful treatment of his dates either. The show also includes Andrea Martin, who plays Julie's mother Marylin Kessler. Despite being somewhat overbearing and self-centered herself, is not as deserving of the criticism her daughter gives her. Other characters include Gabourey Sidibe and Derrick Baskin as the cheery, yet sassy husband and wife owner of the cafe that Billy mostly pretends to work at.