Sunday, September 25, 2016

TV Show Review: Difficult People (Season 2)

Hulu streaming has created a great new offensive comedy starring the hilarious duo of Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner. The two stars play similar characters named Julie Kessler and Billy Epstein as two best friends trying to make it in the shallow showbiz industry in New York City. While the premise seems very familiar to other sitcoms, Hulu gives the two comedians an open format to be as crude and outrageous as they want to be. This formula creates a great comedic mixture that had me laughing through the bingeing stream.

Julie goes through plenty of tribulations trying to move beyond her job as a reality tv show recapper and into becoming a professional writer for an actual show. As the audience, we know these comedians have succeeded with a popular new streaming network but what appears to be autobiographical trials and tribulations are the source of plenty of comedy. Each episode sets up scenarios that cumulate into disastrous consequences before restarting each episode. 

Billy works at a restaurant that supplies great supporting characters like the owner Denise (Gabourey Sidibe), her husband Nate (Derrick Baskin), fellow waiter Matthew (Cole Escola) and Lola (Shakina Nayfack). All of this cast shines in their chances to deliver laughs as well as Julie's boyfriend Arthur Tack (James Urbaniak) and her mother Marilyn Kessler (Andrea Martin). So many quick witty jokes are shot out at a fast pace that it is hard to keep track of all the pop culture references, but the ones that land are hilarious.

This show explored all sorts of topics from creative processes and modeling to 9/11 and cannibalism. Each scenario ties together nicely and each guest spot adds plenty of humor with some heavy-weight comedian like Tina Fey and Fred Armisen, even Lin-Manuel Miranda show up for a great cameo. Julie and Billy travel from playhouses to gyms to the restaurant and apartments offending people and trying to charm their way to success using questionable, but very funny, tactics. 

I'm a bit late to the party but I really enjoyed catching up with this raucous comedy. The situations are perverse and they spare no one. This kind of humor works for me though I would caution those who are easily offended to stay away from this Hulu series as they push the envelope plenty of times. I look forward to seeing Julie and Billy return for a third season 

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