In a new interview with David Kamp for Vanity Fair, native New Yorker Billy Eichner talks about growing up in an outer borough of the city, the reason for his on-camera shouting, and his dream of getting Meryl Streep on his TV series Billy on the Street, which has a new season premiering this week on truTV.
Growing up in a "tiny junior-four apartment" in Forest Hills, Queens (his father was a tax auditor for the City of New York, his mother an employee of New York Telephone), he says he yells on the show because New York City is just really loud: "I had very loud parents, and you're in New York--it's loud outside. And I am someone who likes to hit a line very hard."
He's already had First Lady Michelle Obama, Tina Fey, and Lena Dunham on the show, so is getting la Streep to do it such a pipe dream? Billy notes that Meryl lives in the NYC area and he's already had an esteemed catalog of guests. It's inevtiable that she'd join that roster:
"Well, I've talked about Meryl Streep on the show quite a bit. I mean, she cranks out a movie a year at the point. She can join me on the street for a couple of hours. She lives in the Village, we all know her, Connecticut, wherever she lives, tri-state area."
Talk about a genius tag team: 'Meryl & Billy' could definitely be a hit worth taking note of.
Season 4 of Billy on the Street premirees on truTV Oct. 8 at 10:30 p.m. ET. Watch this new clip with Tina Fey below: