FROM Billy Eichner
Billy Eichner on 'Billy on the Street' Season 5 of the truTV show Billy on the Street begins like this: The host and creator of Billy on the Street is Billy Eichner, who is -- in real life -- not as intense as his persona on the show, though the obsession with pop culture is real. Aside from convincing celebrities to join him for person-on-the-street bits, Eichner also puts celebrity guests through elaborate obstacle courses -- like one in which Rachel Dratch was called upon to re-enact Leah Remini’s Escape from Scientology. When Eichner’s not asking strangers random questions -- like, do gay people care about John Oliver? -- he’s been at work on a dizzying array of other projects. He had a recurring role on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, co-stars in Hulu's Difficult People and will appear in the upcoming season of the FX series American Horror Story. Eichner studied theater at Northwestern University, hoping to make it on Broadway. When that wasn't a fit, he invented his own live talk show, Creation Nation, which he performed at the 99-seat Ars Nova theater in New York. He tells us how the person-on-the-street short video segments from that show later evolved into the 30-minute TV game show we see today. Eichner also explains why he never gives any of his guests the questions in advance -- even when his guest was Michelle Obama. Plus, Eichner goes into some of the challenges of making the show, including working with celebrities who find that engaging with strangers on the street is much more difficult than they anticipated. Billy on the Street is now Emmy nominated for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series.
Lucia Micarelli: An Evening with Lucia Micarelli Violinist and actress Lucia Micarelli visits The Treatment to discuss her emotive performances as she prepares for PBS' An Evening with Lucia Micarelli.
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?