The 10 Best Showbiz References in ‘Difficult People’ Season 2, Episode 3


In Difficult People, the Hulu original series created by Julie Klausner — who stars alongside Billy Eichner — Julie and Billy play a couple of jaded New York City comedians who worship at the altar of celebrity. The show’s bread and butter are its biting allusions to the business we call show. We’ve compiled the 10 best showbiz references from the third episode of Season 2, streaming on Hulu as of today.

Season 2, Episode 3: “Italian Piñata”

1. “Thumb ring, asymmetrical haircut, Fun Home sweatshirt? Didn’t raise any red flags? Interesting. I’ll be right back with your change, Lea DeLaria.” – Billy, to a customer coming out to her parents

2. “I’m going to the grand emporium of Kevin Smith’s jorts emporium.” – Billy

3. “I hate hats. I always want to look like Elaine Stritch but instead I look like an orthodox Jew.” – Marilyn

“And this perm makes me look like Melanie Griffith from the first hour of Working Girl. ‘I got a head for business and a body for Cinnabons’.” – Julie

4. “Oh, right. The show that asks the pressing question, ‘What if Jeremy Piven worked in a department store in 1910?’” – Julie, re: PBS’s Mr. Selfridge

5. “How the hell we were supposed to know that the PATH train only took ten minutes?” – Julie

“Well, we’d know if we ever looked at the Hudson but that would just trigger memories of Sully Sullenberger’s wife saying they like to have hero sex.” – Billy

6. “We’ve been in Hoboken what, ten minutes and we’ve already seen 25 pictures of Frank Sinatra.” – Billy

“I feel like at least 15 were Ronan Farrow.” – Julie

7. “Get this meat out of my mouth! And other things John Travolta’s never said.” – Julie

“Wow, your meat-in-your-mouth material is really killing here. Not since gays with a GED discovered Whitney Cummings.” – Billy

8. “Just this morning I was jerking off in the shower thinking about you being straight so recently. Quoting The Big Lebowski…wearing cargo shorts….” – Guest star Mark Consuelos

9. “Send my regards to Lorraine Bracco and her affordable wines.” – Billy

10. “Goodbye, New Jersey. Thanks for giving me a boyfriend that’s out of my league and balls as blue as Springsteen’s denim.” – Billy