With the plethora of marginal-to-shitty comedies currently deluging the TV-sphere, it’s hard to not get overly ecstatic whenever a new show premieres that makes keeping a straight face completely impossible. Such is the case with Hulu’s newest comedy, Difficult People, a delightfully acerbic take on entertainment’s outskirts and the toils of modern living from the always hilarious comedian Julie Klausner. Thankfully, the critics have raved and Hulu understands it has something top-notch here, and the streaming service is acknowledging that by ordering up Season 2 of Difficult People. I think I’ll tweet something nasty about a celebrity in celebration.
Even though it just debuted on July 15, Difficult People has won over a ton of people with its first five episodes, although it really isn’t clear just how many people are watching, as Hulu isn’t quick to release that information. But it must be enough to convince them that producing a 10-episode second season was a smart decision, an assertion that I definitely stand behind. For those taking score, that’s two more episodes than Season 1 got, which is an even bigger boost of confidence for Klausner, co-star Billy Eichner, and executive producer Amy Poehler.
True to form, Klausner’s reaction was perfect. Here it is, according to TVLine.
Poor Marisa Tomei, amirite? That’s just one example of the kind of celebrity-skewering that Klausner and Eichner deliver as Difficult People’s respective wannabe comedians, TV recapper Julie Kessler and café waiter Billy Epstein. The show co-stars James Urbaniak as Julie’s PBS employee boyfriend Arthur, with whom she shares as little physical contact as possible, and SCTV’s Andrea Martin, who plays Julie’s overly dismissive psychiatrist mother. Gabourey Sidibe and Derrick Baskin have recurring roles, and guest stars like Fred Armisen, Martin Short and Kathy Najimy also pop in. Check out a full trailer for the show below, in case you’ve been missing out.
Difficult People was originally set up at USA, which passed after the network execs decided they were cutting out their comedic slate. Which is fine, since this show would have never been as free to be itself on USA. (Although it might have avoided controversy over the Blue Ivy joke.) It fits in nicely with Hulu’s growing comedy programming lineup, which also includes Season 4 of The Mindy Project, the second Hotwives season Hotwives of Las Vegas and Deadbeat, among others. The service also ordered up a pilot for Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s comedy Future Man.
Expect Season 2 of Difficult People in the second half of 2016.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
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