Saturday, September 30, 2017

TV Show Review: Difficult People (Season 3)

Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner are back at it in their hilarious show on Hulu. Striving to become successful in show business, the two friends will take any acting gig they can get including street performing for ignorant Trump-supporting tourists from Kentucky. This season Julie Kessler (Klausner) branches out from her career of writing episode recaps of reality television but must cope with the constant criticism of her mother Marilyn (Andrea Martin). Billy Epstein (Eichner) has a new romance and various new gigs including opening for Larry Wilmore's new show. Julie's boyfriend Arthur Tack (James Urbaniak) still has a different nickname for Julie and deals with his own professional troubles at PBS along with some dating bumps with Julie.

The show doesn't stray away from controversial issues like separating an artist from their art calling out particularly Woody Allen and the opposing streaming network that hired him when Julie works for his new show but still feels guilty. Billy has to deal with being gay in the Trump era as he finds a way to scam a gay conversion therapy program started by Mike Pence. Billy's job at the restaurant includes a great cast of supporting characters. Matthew (Cole Escola) has an interesting story arc trying to get on reality television and also some hilarious interactions with Marilyn. He might be my favorite supporting character. Nate (Derrick Baskin) and Denise (Gabourey Sidibe) weren't in this season as much as they deal with a new child.

Lola (Shakina Nayfack) becomes even more entrenched in conspiracy theories after the election joining all sorts of groups and practicing prevention of facial camera detection with strange makeup. Billy has to help his brother Garry (Fred Armisen) who is hiding in his basement while pretending to be in Israel and Garry's wife Rucchel (Jackie Hoffman) believes they have a demon in the basement. Julie and Arthur use roleplay to spice up their sex life while Billy struggles to maintain a relationship with Todd (John Cho) as they have trouble sleeping together or going to work parties. Julie and Billy both continue their lifelong dreams of acting and writing in television through various schemes.

The show hints at possibly making a change as Billy thinks about leaving New York and even Julie contemplate a move. The two head out there for an episode after they trip on ayahuasca with Matthew and Arthur. Marilyn tries to write a memoir but when she is crippled by writer's block, she turns to Julie for help to write it in a night. Time passes as the show concludes but the characters remain somewhat in the same rut, though the odd situations continue to unfold like Tony Hale leaving show business to work as a waiter. We finally learn how Billy and Julie met and their friendship began at a dancing class, they both walk out of.

Hulu is having a lot of success and Difficult People is one of the top comedies to stream on there as an original. The rapid-fire jokes steeped in pop culture are full of such hilarious observations that it is nearly impossible to catch all the laughs. Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner still have a great chemistry as they banter back and forth and both of their careers seem to benefit from the success of the show. I caught up with this show last year and I'm glad that the show has continued on for more seasons. 

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