If you haven’t yet watched Season 1, it’s 8 triumphant half-hour episodes. You can easily marathon that on a rainy day. DP combines the mile-a-minute pop-culture reference pace of 30 Rock with the unmistakable Julie Klausner voice you know and love from her book and her podcast, How Was Your Week? (I listened to the newest episode this morning—Julie’s podcast is what got me to even care about podcasts! Only like, 5 years late to the party.) I’ve watched the series 3 times and it completely holds up.
Billy Eichner plays a subdued version of himself (or at least the Billy we see on his perfect TV show, Billy on the Street), that is no less quick, clever, and hilarious. Gabourey Sidibe is the show’s crown jewel, starring as Denise, Billy’s boss. But Arthur, played by the sensational James Urbaniak, might just be my favorite character (other than Julie, because of the insane levels of identification). Buzzfeed actually published a listicle about all of the quirky nicknames Arthur has for Julie. Every day that I come home and find that my fiancé has not magically turned into Arthur Tack is a day that’s basically not worth living.
If you like making fun of militant atheists, NPR, and understudies, you’ve found your perfect show. Also, that Blue Ivy/R. Kelly joke in the first episode is high art.
So, there it is. My obsession with the work of the incomparable Julie Klausner laid out in plain view. Emmy voters—nominate Difficult People for all the Emmys.