Chances are if you’re on The Facebook or The Twitter, you’ve seen someone share a Billy Eichner video. Whether it was this one, or this one or it was probably this one. Whatever one it is, you’ve definitely seen him before. What started as a fun Funny or Die channel a few years ago, has blown up into full on pop culture phenomenon, with Billy On The Street now a series on Fuse (in the US) and Eichner a reoccurring character on Parks and Recreation. Not to mention that he also just scored a pilot called Difficult People, which just happens to be produced by Amy Poehler.
So with so much happening for Eichner right now, why can’t Canada still watch Billy on the Street?
The last season of Billy on The Street aired in Canada on Much. But that was a long time ago. The show, now in it’s third season premiered in March and so far Much has no plans to air it. Which is strange, considering the fact that as Eichner’s popularity has grown, so too has the calibre of guests on the show, which so far this season have included Joel McHale, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Lena Dunham, Seth Meyers and Olivia Wilde.
If Much doesn’t want to air it, fine. Throw it on Comedy where it would be perfectly paired with Inside Amy Schumer or release the rights altogether so another network might be able to pick it up. Holding Billy on the Street hostage really for no reason, seems senseless to me. Especially when most of the videos from the show are posted on his YouTube channel the next day. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “If the videos are posted, why don’t you just watch them there.” Well, because it’s not the same! I want to sit down on my couch, open a box of wine and enjoy some Billy on The Street the way God intended.
It’s a wonder why people illegally download shows?
Until the day Much releases Billy on to the streets out of Canada, , check out one of my favourite videos. He really is a national treasure.