Billy Eichner

By TV standards – I’m not comparing it to manual labor by any means – by TV comedy standards, it is the hardest job I will ever, ever have. There is nothing that could be harder. I mean, when you combine the amount of writing that has to be done – sharp writing – with the fact that you then take it to the street and improvise with both celebrities who have no idea what’s going to happen and real people who are not actors or comedians who don’t even know I’m about to talk to them… It’s lightning in a bottle every time.

It’s crazy. I don’t know how I’m not dead. People think I’m going to get punched in the face: “Something terrible is going to happen to you. You’re going to get killed.” That’s not what’s going to kill me. The show is going to kill me. The work is going to kill me. Once I’m on the street, I’m not worried about that.