The project, which hails from Billy On The Street head writer Julie Klausner who stars alongside Billy On The Street host Billy Eichner, was originally set up at USA Network through Universal Cable Prods. and was given a pilot presentation order in May. In light of USA’s recent move away from original comedy, the project found a new home at Hulu. UCP will stay on as the studio, marking the first collaboration between the corporate siblings.
Difficult People stars Klausner and Eichner as best friends living in New York City whose typical, irreverent behavior lands them in some very awkward situations. Klausner wrote the pilot and will serve as an executive producer on the series alongside Poehler and 3 Arts’ Dave Becky (Louie). “I tend to enjoy funny people creating and starring in comedy programs, and Julie and Billy are the funniest around,” said Poehler.
In addition to the seventh and final season of Parks And Recreation, Poehler and recently announced new partner Brooke Posch’s Paper Kite Productions produces Broad City on Comedy Central and NBC’s Welcome To Sweden.
Difficult People joins recent straight-to-series Hulu orders, comedy Casual, from Jason Reitman, and event drama series 11/22/63, from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, based on Stephen King’s best-selling book.
Eichner’s Billy On The Street character was introduced to a wide national audience with a well-received bit during the Primetime Emmy Awards in August.
UCP’s recent pilot/series orders include Hunters, Childhood’s End and Magicians at Syfy; and Colony, Stanistan and Mr. Robot at USA. Poehler is with WME and 3 Arts.