It might seem beside the point to award someone who has his own television show and makes regular appearances on Conan, Watch What Happens Live, and who even knows what else, with a previously non-existent fake accolade from a mid-sized pop culture blog. There is no such thing as a “Videogum Seal of Approval,” and even if there were, Billy Eichner doesn’t need it. Well too bad! He’s going to get it! Even if we have to invent it right now! Here is the thing about Billy Eichner: by all accounts we should dislike him. We are not big fans of man on the street comedy for two reasons: it is almost never funny, and it generally falls into the same deplorable brand of “comedy” as Improv Everywhere and other prank shows in which normal people who are simply trying to get through their day unmolested are aggressively forced to participate in someone else’s art. Leave them alone! They just want to get to their jobs that they probably don’t like in order to pay the rent that is too high! And somehow, Billy Eichner’s man on the street comedy is always hilarious, and the second, decidedly more important issue of bothering people who don’t want to be bothered somehow falls by the wayside. (Is this a double standard? If we can give Billy Eichner a pass on that, then how can we reasonably hold Improv Everywhere or, what, Bam Margera (?) up to a different set of rules? Uh, yes, we can, because this is America and life is unfair. Deal with it, Bam Margera.) We’re not sure how far Billy Eichner can take this particular train, because it seems unlikely that they will ever make a Billy on the Street movie, and it might only be entertaining in 5-10 minute doses, but we hope he keeps giving us those doses. (Gross.) They’re great! The best doses! After the jump, a brand new Billy Eichner clip from last night’s episode of Conan in which he finds out how regular Americans feel about Madonna the election, and our all time favorite Eichner clip for good measure:

Last night’s Conan:

And this one is just a classic:

Billy Eichner: CONGRATULATIONS, YOU ARE APPROVED!

Comments (16)
  1. There’s no such thing as the Videogum Seal of Approval, because its called the Videogum Stamp of Approval. Duh, Gabe. Duh.

  2. Billy Eichner also gets the R2 seal of approval because he’s very funny and we attended the same high school just 1 year apart! He is also an excellent singer.

  3. I love Billy cuz he’s a fellow gay! And he’s funny! And he’s cute.

    • Also props to Madonna for agreeing to be on that, because she looked bad. I mean, she didn’t look bad, but she looked dirty and sweaty and not how typical pop stars are willing to show themselves. Also Rocco is growing up to be adorable and looks well adjusted so yay!

  4. They film Just For Laughs Gags in the park across from my work and it’s never not the most annoying thing in the world. I don’t understand these people they’re “pranking” (“gags-ing” in this case?). The park is full of people walking around with earpieces and clipboards, directing people away from a certain path but allowing you to walk down it, and there is some kind of “booth” in the middle of the path to act as a camera-blind, with some idiot doing something goofy right beside it. How oblivious do you have to be to not realize something fishy is going on?

    • Ugh Just for Laughs gags. JE N’AIME PAS LES GAGS. Fuck. S’il vous plaît allez vous faire foutre.

      • Also, they make you walk all the way around when they film in the park, which doesn’t seem like a big deal until the metro was running late and it’s already 3 minutes after the hour and if you’re 5 mins late you have to fill out a “late slip” because the new boss runs your office like a fucking middle school… Just hypothetically.

    • There’s a little TV at the corner store near my place, and I once had to stand and wait until Just For Laughs Gags went to commercial because the guy at the cash was watching it so intently that he wouldn’t even ring up my purchases. Incidentally, that is the only time I have ever seen anyone enjoy Just For Laughs Gags.

    • Wait, which park? I, for some reason, want to see this. I’ve lived in MTL my whole life and have never witnessed a Gag (capital G). :(

  5. Thank god he didn’t bring her any hydrangeas.

  6. what does “mid size pop culture blog” mean exactly? just curious

  7. Who do you think has more hoodies? Billy or Mark Zuckerberg?

  8. Stamp of Approval : Videogum Promise : : Favorite : Retweet

  9. Billy Eichner is the best. He climbed to the top of my favourite people in the world ladder when he did his batshit insane report from the opening night of Madonna’s tour… in Tel Aviv… VOGUE MOTHERFUCKER

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