Asked about the powerful women who have inspired him over the years, Billy Eichner will cite a wide range that includes “everyone from Ruth Bader Ginsberg to Kelly Clarkson.” The comic and star of “Billy on the Street” and Hulu’s “Difficult People” is set to host Variety‘s Power of Women luncheon April 8 at Cipriani Midtown and goes on to say that while there are too many women to name, other favorites include: “Madonna, of course. A lot of the great gay icons I grew up watching and still do — Streisand, Bette Midler. Real performers who can deliver the goods.”
That includes comedians like his “Parks and Recreation” co-star and “Difficult People” producer Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Joan Rivers and the “uniquely brilliant” Sandra Bernhard.
Eichner’s appreciation and support of women, along with his sharp comedic skills, makes him a great fit for the job. “As anyone who knows my work knows, I’ve always been very outspoken about my love of bold actresses and female performers and entertainers,” says Eichner. His luncheon hosting gig gives Eichner a chance to celebrate the “Power” headliners and Variety’s New York Women’s Impact List honorees.
Eichner will soon be seen on the big screen in “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” and heard in “The Angry Birds Movie,” and a second season of “Difficult People” is set to stream on Hulu.