Billy Eichner tends to take the scream approach to delivering his jokes and reactions, which you may have noticed if you’ve been watching Parks and Recreation this season, as the comedian has applied this schtick to his role as Donna’s Eagleton counterpart Craig in the NBC comedy series. But if you’re familiar with Eichner’s comedy, you know that this is nothing new for him. He’s been getting in people’s faces and reacting on his man-on-the-street comedy series Billy on the Street, which started out at Funny or Die and then moved to Fuse TV. On occasion, he’ll appear on a late night talk show and do a special version of his act. See his trip to the Super Bowl for Conan in 2012, for example, or watch the video above, which shows Eichner teaming up with his Parks and Recreation co-star Amy Poehler to impart a bit of holiday cheer (or harassment, however you want to look at it) on the people of New York.
The clip from Jimmy Kimmel Live has Eichner and Poehler dressed as carolers and running around New York offering a dollar to people who can correctly sing the words to popular Christmas Carols. It’s a Christmas take on Eichner’s recurring “For a Dollar” segment, during which he usually asks people questions related to pop culture. In this case, it's really popular Christmas carols like “Deck the Halls,” and “Jingle Bells,” and yet a lot of people can’t seem to get through them. Of course, it’s not always easy trying to remember the words to a Christmas song when you have a comedian, a major celebrity and a camera in your face, so I can’t say I blame these people for failing to earn their dollar. Other highlights include Eichner’s reaction to a woman whose baby is named Arrow, and Poehler’s tough-guy reaction to a man who says he doesn’t know her. “You know me!”
Speaking of Billy Eichner, the comedian is lining up celebrities for the third season of Billy on the Street, which will debut on Fuse on March 12. According to THR, he’ll have Rachel Dratch, Lena Dunham, Neil Patrick Harris, Sean Hayes, Lindsay Lohan, Joel McHale, Seth Meyers, Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Paul Rudd and Olivia Wilde on there. Quite a few NBC personalities among that group, which could be at least partially due to Eichner’s recurring guest spot on Parks and Recreation.
You can catch more funny Billy on the Street clips on his Youtube Channel. Here’s the one that has him asking the woman if she can name three white people…