We’re getting a special new episode of Billy on the Street. Previously airing for five seasons on Fuse and truTV, the series has since been resurrected as a short-form web series through Funny or Die with the last installment releasing in 2019. There has not been any new episodes of Billy on the Street since as host Billy Eichner has been keeping busy with acting and filmmaking, which includes writing and starring in the new rom-com Bros.
On Monday, Eichner took to Twitter to make the announcement that Billy on the Street is getting a new episode on Tuesday, Sept. 20. He announced the news while posting an image of himself alongside actor Paul Rudd with the two of them wearing T-shirts with the Bros logo, as this special episode of Billy on the Street seems to be in promotion of the film. You can see the post below.
The tweet reads, “SURPRISE! The first BILLY ON THE STREET IN 3 YEARS drops TOMORROW!!!!!!”
Rudd has previously been featured on Billy on the Street, so it’s not a big shock to see him partnering back up with Eichner for a new episode of the show. Episodes often feature celebrities joining Eichner for themed segments, and for Rudd, that included asking random New Yorkers if they’d be interested in sleeping with the actor. Everyone who answered affirmatively was given a dollar bill.
Will Billy on the Street Return Full Time?
Described as a “pop culture game show,” Billy on the Street sees Billy Eichner wandering the street of New York City to test random people with the chance to win cash and other prizes by playing bizarre questions or trivia games. The series helped establish Eichner, though the show has become less of a priority for Eichner with his career in Hollywood blossoming. He has said that it’s doubtful he’d ever bring back Billy on the Street for a full season or series revival, but teased that doing special episodes on occasion was possible, as we’re now going to see with the Bros promotion.
“In terms of the future of it, the vast majority of it is behind me,” Eichner told Rolling Stone in July. “Maybe for special occasions we’ll bring it back. Obviously, it was not Covid-friendly. It’s a big part of my life, and it’s most likely why I’m getting the opportunities that I’m getting now, and I’m proud of it. But I’m never going to do half-hour episodes of Billy on the Street again, and I don’t ever see it coming back as a regular thing.”
He added, “I’ve just moved beyond it creatively. I did it for so long. People don’t realize but the first Billy on the Street-style video I made was for my live show in September of 2004. It predates YouTube! So it was a very, very slow burn of a success story. I’m not saying never ever, but I’m never gonna do it regularly again.”
Check for the new episode of Billy on the Street to arrive on Sept. 20 followed by the release of Bros in theaters on Sept. 30, 2022.