Fuse will debut a half-hour TV version of Funny or Die's Billy On The Street, starring comedian Billy Eichner, on Dec. 22 at 11 p.m.
Every Thursday evening, Billy hits the streets of New York City to test unsuspecting pedestrians on their knowledge of music and pop culture in a fast-paced and funny trivia style game show. From Lil' Wayne to Meryl Streep, Billy covers all the bases with a hilarious urgency and an almost terrifying amount of passion.
Part game show, part comedy, the show incorporates several different rounds, as well as a fun twist where the final round is subjective, and contestants must agree with Billy's opinions on pop culture in order to win. How far contestants advance in the game correlates to the amount of money and prizes they take home.
Mike Farah, Funny Or Die's President of Production, Billy Eichner and Krysia Plonka are executive producers, Fuse said in a release.
Eichner has also written and starred in his own stage shows "Creation Nation" and "Billy Eichner Goes Pop!" and has appeared on Bravo, VH1, E!, and other outlets.
"We couldn't be more excited to bring Billy Eichner's unique personality to Fuse in this hilarious music game show from the streets of New York," said Brad Schwartz, senior vice president of programming and operations, Fuse. "Contestants might think they know pop culture, but they have no idea what's in store. Look out pedestrians; I'm a little nervous for you."
Eichner, a regular performer at New York's improv and sketch comedy theater, the Upright Citizens Brigade, initially created his "man on the street" videos as part of his live shows. The videos featured Eichner surprising people on the streets of New York, asking their opinions on politics and pop culture. The videos became viral hits in 2010, and were featured on Huffington Post, Gawker, Entertainment Weekly, VH1, Jezebel, New York Magazine, and Funny Or Die, among others.
This is Funny Or Die's third series commitment in a growing slate of off-net production, which includes the HBO series Funny Or Die Presents and Comedy Central's Jon Benjamin Has a Van. Funny Or Die's first feature film, Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie, is slated for a 2012 release.