Christmas Carol Ambush With Amy Poehler
I'm one of those Jewish kids who always wanted to be able to celebrate Christmas, so I'm a big sucker for Christmastime. We always do some holiday segment. Amy, of course, was as game as ever. Amy and I are obviously close because of Parks and Recreation and Difficult People — though Difficult People wasn't around in those days.
That became a running theme of Billy on the Street: bringing these very famous performers out onto the street, shoving them in people's faces and getting real-time reactions to them. The assumption being, of course, that people are gonna scream and go crazy at the prospect of meeting a famous person. And there's a little bit of that. But usually it's New Yorkers going about their day who just couldn't give a shit, which I think is so great.
And it's shocking sometimes to the actors themselves. One of the first versions of that we did was with Zachary Quinto, and I ran up to people and pointed to him and said, "Miss! It's Spock! Do you care?" Some people were happy and some people didn't care. Other people didn't believe it was him. There was one guy who kept repeating, "That's not Spock. That's not Spock." And Zach looked at me after we shot it and said, "Every actor should have to do this." I think it's healthy for people to see that the average person isn't really thinking about actors very much.