Scott is currently the Showrunner and Executive Producer for the Hulu series, Difficult People. The series, which is also Executive Produced by Amy Poehler, follows two best friends (Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner) who hate everything in the world except each other. In between Difficult People‘s first and second seasons, he was a Consulting Producer on The Real O’Neals on ABC. His previous TV writing/producing include being a Supervising Producer on Manhattan Love Story and a Supervising Producer on The Neighbors, both for ABC.
Megan Hilty is most recognizable for her portrayal of seasoned triple-threat Ivy Lynn in NBC’s musical drama Smash. She followed up the series with a starring role on the comedy Sean Saves the World. In March 2013, Hilty released her debut solo album, It Happens All The Time, which included fresh interpretations of compositions by contemporary songwriters and producers. In May, she will release a new live album of songs from her recent tour.
A native of Seattle, Hilty moved to New York City after graduating from the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University, and quickly made her Broadway debut as Glinda in Wicked.
After receiving high praise for her portrayal of Doralee Rhodes in Broadway’s 9 to 5: The Musical, Hilty was honored with nominations for Lead Actress in a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards, Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Drama League Awards and L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Awards. Hilty has previously performed at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops, the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center, the Boston Pops, the Cincinnati Pops, the Houston Symphony, the Phoenix Symphony among many others. She was also featured on TNT’s 2012 Christmas in Washington special and continues to perform at prestigious venues nationwide. Megan is a frequent guest on PBS’ televised Live from Capital Hill concerts. Her solo concert concerts continue to sell out and receive critical acclaim across the country.
Her television credits include guest-starring roles in Melissa & Joey, Bones, The Closer, Desperate Housewives, CSI, Shark, Ugly Betty, Eli Stone and The Suite Life of Zach & Cody. Among Hilty’s film credits are The Bitter Feast, the short film The Happiest Man Alive, opposite Justin Chambers, and the upcoming Untitled Warren Beatty Project.
Nathan Lane last appeared on Broadway in the smash hit revival of Terrence McNally’s It’s Only a Play and in the critically acclaimed Robert Falls production of The Iceman Cometh at the Brooklyn Academy of Music as Hickey. Prior to that, he starred on Broadway in the Lincoln Center production of The Nance, for which he received Tony and Drama Desk award nominations and won the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Drama League Distinguished Performance Award. He will next be seen in the Broadway revival of The Front Page. He made his Broadway debut opposite George C. Scott in Present Laughter (Drama Desk nomination), followed by productions of Guys and Dolls (Tony nomination, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle awards), Love! Valour! Compassion! (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards), The Producers (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle awards, Olivier Award), Waiting for Godot (Outer Critics Circle nomination), and The Addams Family (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations) among many others. Off-Broadway, Lane won the 1992 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Performance and awards for The Lisbon Traviata (Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel awards, Outer Critics Circle nomination), Love! Valour! Compassion! (Obie Award), and Measure for Measure (St. Clair Bayfield Award). On television, he has receiving six Primetime Emmy nominations, two Daytime Emmy Awards and a People’s Choice Award. He has appeared in more than 35 films including The Birdcage (Golden Globe nomination, Screen Actors Guild and American Comedy awards), Nicholas Nickleby (National Board of Review Ensemble Acting Award), The Producers (Golden Globe nomination), and many others. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has been inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.
Originally from Southern California, Shakina Nayfack has enjoyed an eclectic career as a performer, director, writer, producer, and social activist. In 2015, she became the first transgender woman to receive a Lilly Award recognizing the remarkable contributions to the American Theatre made by women. Her autobiographical rock musicals One Woman Show and Post-Op both premiered to sold-out houses at Joe’s Pub and will be returning to the Public Theater for encore engagements in June, 2016. The shows bookended her groundbreaking KickStartHer campaign to crowd-fund gender confirmation surgery. Shakina was recently seen in Manuel Versus the Statue of Liberty at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, where she was presented with an Outstanding Individual Performance Award for her portrayal of Lady Liberty. This summer she will be joining the cast of the Hulu original comedy series Difficult People. Shakina is also the Founding Artistic Director of Musical Theatre Factory, a volunteer-based organization dedicated to helping musical theatre artists develop and present new work.
John Early is a comedian who recently created and starred in his own episode of Netflix’s The Characters. He’ll be appearing in the film Neighbors 2, The Disaster Artist opposite Sharon Stone, the upcoming TBS comedy Search Party, and a mini series for Vimeo with frequent collaborator Kate Berlant.
His previous credits include Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, Love, Animals, Broad City, High Maintenance, Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, 30 Rock, and the indie features Fort Tilden (SXSW Grand Jury Prize) and Other People (2016 Sundance opening night film). He was a writer on season 4 of truTV’s Billy on the Street.
Early is an Artist in Residence and Comedy Curator at Ars Nova, where he hosts the monthly variety show Showgasm. He performs a live sketch show Hey™ with Kate Berlant, co-hosts a weekly stand up show at Cake Shop, and has been part of numerous comedy festivals including Just For Laughs, South by Southwest, Riot LA, Treasure Island Music Festival, and Festival Supreme. He was named one of Time Out New York’s Top Ten Comedians of 2015.
James Urbaniak plays Arthur, boyfriend of Julie Klausner’s lead character on the Hulu series Difficult People going into the second season.
He will next co-star in the film Rebel in The Rye, to be directed by Danny Strong, where he will play Gus Lobrano, of the New Yorker opposite Nicholas Holt, Kevin Spacey, Hope Davis, Laura Dern, and Victor Garber.
James is the voice of Dr. Venture on the Adult Swim animated series The Venture Brothers. Other current TV roles include Grant the producer on Comedy Central’s Review starring Andy Daly.
Other TV credits include The Office, Homeland, Agent Carter, Adventure Time, Comedy Bang Bang, Childrens Hospital, Weeds, and Sex and the City. Films include American Splendor (as Robert Crumb), You Don’t Know Jack, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Across the Universe, Sound of My Voice, The Boxtrolls, Advantageous; and several films for Hal Hartley including the trilogy Henry Fool, Fay Grim and Ned Rifle. He recently wrapped the indie Dave Made a Maze and is about to film the title role in Mariko Munro and David Andalman’s Jack opposite Kate Walsh.
Theatre credits include originating the title role in Will Eno’s Pulitzer-nominated play Thom Pain (based on nothing) and Richard Foreman’s The Universe.
His short-play podcast Getting On with James Urbaniak was chosen as one of the top 20 comedy podcasts by Rolling Stone.
Julie Klausner is the creator, writer and star of Hulu’s critically-acclaimed comedy series, Difficult People, which is co-executive produced by Amy Poehler. The series follows two pop culture-literate, struggling New York City comedians, portrayed by Klausner and co-star Billy Eichner, who hate everything in the world except for each other.
Her podcast, How Was Your Week, has been called “one of the few essential podcasts” by the New York Times and was named one of the best ten comedy podcasts by Rolling Stone and GQ. Past HWYW guests include Amy Poehler, Joan Rivers, Fred Armisen, Patton Oswalt, Fran Drescher, Andrew McCarthy, Neko Case, Todd Oldham, Sarah Silverman, Sandra Bernhard, Paul F. Tompkins, Jackée Harry, Rickie Lee Jones, Ira Glass and many more.
Klausner’s TV staff writing credits include “Billy on the Street,” on which she is also the co-executive producer, “Mulaney,” “Triumph & Jack,” “Best Week Ever with Paul F. Tompkins” and “The Big Gay Sketch Show.” She’s also written for Robert Smigel’s “TV Funhouse” on “Saturday Night Live” and for comedy legend Joan Rivers on a few different occasions.
Klausner’s editorial writing credits include pieces for The New York Times, New York Magazine, McSweeney’s, Salon, and The Awl and she has written cover stories for SPIN and BUST Magazine on St. Vincent and Maya Rudolph, respectively. She secured a cult following at Vulture where she wrote the recaps for The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and The Real Housewives of New York City for the site, where she also worked as “Media Ambassador” making weekly videos for the site and appearing on TV on behalf of Vulture to discuss pop culture topics.
A comedian, actor, and writer, Cole Escola is one of the 2014 OUT 100 and Time Out New York’s Top Ten Downtown Cabaret Performers. He plays Matthew on Hulu’s Difficult People. Co-creator, writer, and star of the lo-fi cult-hit TV show Jeffery & Cole Casserole. Other TV appearances include Nurse Jackie, Law & Order, and Smash. Cole originated the role of Bridget Everett’s fetus in Rock Bottom for The Public Theater in a performance Variety referred to as “heroic.” His monthly solo sketch comedy show, The First Gay President, has sold out every performance and generated buzz and praise from the likes of Paper Magazine and Lena Dunham.
As an actor, comedian, writer, and host, Billy Eichner is multifaceted force to be reckoned with. His signature over-the-top bravado is complemented with extreme devotion to his many crafts.
Eichner recently wrapped production on Season 2 of Hulu’s critical darling Difficult People. The show revolves around best friends living in New York City with their behavior landing them in awkward situations. Executive produced by Amy Poehler and co-starring Julie Klausner, season 2 will be available on Hulu later this summer.
In May, Eichner will begin production on Season 5 his critically acclaimed show Billy on the Street. The show follows the comedian as he hits the streets of New York City testing unsuspecting pedestrians. Billy gives contestants the chance to win cash and other prizes by playing various games. Season 4 guests included: Chris Pratt, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, Anna Kendrick, and Julianne Moore among others. Billy on the Street will return to truTV in the Fall of 2016.
Eichner has expanded his pallet with roles in the upcoming Sony Pictures animated film adaptation The Angry Birds Movie voicing Chef Pig and Phillip as well as a part in the Universal Pictures sequel Neighbors 2: Sorority Uprising starring Zac Efron and Seth Rogen.
In 2013, Billy garnered his first daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Game Show Host for his critically acclaimed show, “Funny Or Die’s Billy On the Street.” Additionally, in 2015 Eichner was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program for the same program.
Eichner is a perennial talk show guest with appearances on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, Watch What Happens Live, and The Today Show among others.
Amy Poehler is one of Hollywood’s most versatile and sought after talents and has a number of high-profile projects in the works. Poehler is currently at work on two new films: The House opposite Will Ferrell, and Balls, a basketball comedy for Universal which she will star in and produce. Additionally, Poehler continues to serve as executive producer on both Comedy Central’s Broad City and Hulu’s Difficult People, both of which were recently picked up for additional seasons.
Off-screen, Poehler formed an extremely successful production company called Paper Kite Productions, through which both Broad City and Difficult People are produced. The company has had a strong selling season with pilot commitments for multiple projects, including Aunt Jill, Dumb Prince (which Poehler will also direct), and Pre-Madonna. In addition to Balls, Poehler recently sold a film project called Schooled, which she will produce. Poehler is perhaps best known for her starring role on the Emmy-nominated NBC comedy series Parks and Recreation, which completed its seventh and final season in February 2015. Her portrayal of Leslie Knope earned her a 2014 Golden Globe award for “Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical, or Comedy,” the award for “Best Actress in a TV Comedy” at the 2014 American Comedy Awards, and a 2013 Gracie Award. For her work on the show, Poehler also received six consecutive Emmy nominations, two additional Golden Globe nominations and three Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations.
Poehler most recently co-starred opposite Tina Fey in the comedy Sisters and lent her voice as the character Joy in Disney Pixar’s Oscar-winning smash hit Inside Out.
Poehler’s first book, Yes Please, was released in October 2014 and debuted at #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers list. The book went on to spend a total of 23 weeks on the list.
Andrea Martin is a multi-talented, award-winning actress whose work transcends all mediums. Martin won the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, and Eliot Norton awards for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her show-stopping performance as Berthe in the 2013 Broadway Revival of Pippin. She quickly followed this with the Outer Critics Outstanding Featured Actress Award for her work in James Lapine’s Broadway adaptation of Moss Hart’s Act One, (which aired on PBS), where she played multiple roles portraying three very influential women in Moss Hart’s life.
Ms. Martin received two Emmy Awards for writing and an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Variety Series for her work on the legendary sketch comedy show, SCTV. Martin also received a special Emmy for her contributions on Sesame Street. Her further Television work includes: Nurse Jackie; 30 Rock; and her own special for Showtime, Andrea Martin, Together Again. She starred in the series Working the Engels, for which she was nominated for an ACTRA Award and a CSA.
Andrea Martin’s critically acclaimed book Lady Parts was released by Harper Collins.
In 2016, according to reviews, Andrea Martin “alone may be worth the price of admission” in her scene-stealing role of bossy Aunt Voula in the long-awaited sequel, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. She just completed an incredibly successful run, starring on Broadway in Noises Off! in the hysterical role of Dotty Otley, while simultaneously shooting the second season of Hulu’s hit Difficult People, starring Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner, and produced by Amy Poehler. Next, Andrea will star in the new NBC comedy pilot Great News, written by Tracey Wigfield and produced by Tina Fey.