In what we all hope is a long con to get Ariana Grande on Billy on the Street, Billy Eichner has joined the cast of NBC’s Hairspray Live! He’ll play local TV newscaster Rob Barker, who pops up late in the show to report on Tracy Turnblad’s (Maddie Baillio) attempts to integrate The Corny Collins Show and thus will also get to shout into a microphone. The rest of the cast includes Ariana Grande, Harvey Fierstein, Andrea Martin, Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Hudson, Rosie O’Donnell, the aforementioned Miss Grande, and Martin Short, all of whom just made their assistants check if Eichner said anything bad about them on Difficult People.
Billy Eichner. Photo: Mike Windle/Getty Images