The Dolby Theatre in Hollywood has been home to the 33rd annual PaleyFest LA this week and fans have been lining up to see the talent behind their favorite television shows take the stage.
On Friday, March 18, The Paley Center for Media honored the first-ever Hulu Original series in their festival with the cast and producers of the critically acclaimed comedy “Difficult People”.
Creator and Executive Producer Julie Klausner, Showrunner and Executive Producer Scott King, stars Gabourey Sidibe, Billy Eichner, Andrea Martin, James Urbaniak, and Cole Escola were all there to celebrate the occasion and give the fans a taste of what they can look forward to in season 2.
Moderated by comedian Patton Oswalt, the wonderfully witty panel discussed their take on the groundbreaking comedy series, its non sentimental outlook on humanity, and the unique way the show explores the dynamic of the characters. It’s a true story of finding family in friendship and funny in originality.
In what Julie refers to as an “Amy-ism”, she said that Executive Producer Amy Poehler works magic with the vulnerability in the characters. The show is based on Julie’s life and having known her co-star Billy Eichner for many years, she told byteclay.com that the concept is really about a straight woman, her gay best friend and their endless love affair. Their real life friendship comes from a beautiful history of working together on “Funny or Die’s Billy on the Street”, which is lucky for the rest of us because it’s that partnership which inspired a new era of cutting-edge comedy with “Difficult People”.
Billy told byteclay.com that it’s hard to find a genuine, funny show on the air these days that’s not a gentle comedy. He said that in general, when it comes to trends, by nature they come and go. Create trends, don’t follow them.
Academy Award Nominee Gabourey Sidibe, also known for the feature film “Precious” and the hit television show “Empire” told byteclay.com that her take on trends and style don’t have anything to do with what you wear but are more so a combination of everything you experience. She finds inspiration in every one she meets, even the bad people because it inspires you to be more conscious.
The multi-talented James Urbaniak who has played a range of memorable characters from “The Office” to “American Splendor” told byteclay.com that his role in “Difficult People” is exciting as an actor because he’s so used to playing oddballs that being cast as the understanding nice guy is a trend he’s happy to shake up.
Cole Escola who plays “Matthew” on the show, said that he loves playing his character because he gets to be so over the top. His “Grandma style” (as he referred to it) matched his personality perfectly – just completely fun.
Rounding out the cast, is veteran actress Andrea Martin, whose long list of credits include films like “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” and the one and only “SCTV”, which is where she began her comedy career alongside greats like John Candy, Martin Short, Eugene Levy, Harold Ramis and Catherine O’Hara. The actress had a vibrant energy and genuine demeanor that made a statement in itself which confirmed if happy was a trend; it’s one that everyone should follow. When it comes to fashion, Martin told byteclay.com the one piece that makes her feel the best when she wears it is the necklace that her son gave her when he was in college. The gorgeous silver semi-precious stone accessory, she considers to be a bit of a good luck charm. One bit of advice she gave when it comes to style – authenticity trumps all.
The “Difficult People” of N.Y. invaded LA and brought with them a unique perspective of a very specific take on the city, style, and life. Season 2 of this outstanding comedy on Hulu is sure to bring some special guest stars and more laugh-out-loud moments than you can count. You won’t want to miss one glorious episode.