Julie Klausner is no stranger to writing. She's written for TV shows (VH1's Best Week Ever and Fox's Mulaney), she's written a book (2010's autobiographical memoir, I Don't Care About Your Band), and she's written extensively about both the Real Housewives of New York and Beverly Hills. But it wasn't until she wrote the show that she wanted to see the most that it finally got made.

"I wrote a script for the TV show I wanted to do more than anything," she says.

"I sat down to write it http://scottygotanofficejob.com thinking that if a producer or someone came to me and asked what show I wanted to do, I would have this ready. No one ever came to me and said 'What do you want to do?', mind you."

The resulting show is Difficult People, the first two episodes of which are streaming on Hulu now (with additional episodes available every Wednesday). The show stars Klausner, who plays a television recapper named Julie, whose best friend Billy - played by Billy on the Street's Billy Eichner - is a waiter who wants to be an actor and comedian. They are, naturally, very difficult people: taking selfies at a funeral, ruining a production of Annie for a young child, and doing things to an Oscar party that are so disastrous they'd make Meryl Streep cry very real tears.

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Amy Poehler, who was a fan of Klausner's previous work, especially her very popular podcast How Was Your Week?, is an executive producer on the show and one of the first people Klausner showed the script to. She says that Poehler helped her shape the show and get it into its current form and also provided the name for it. Poehler went with Klausner and Eichner to pitch the series, which was originally picked up by USA, who produced a pilot. However, when the cable network dissolved their scripted comedy division, it ended up at Hulu.

Klausner says the switch from a cable channel to a streaming platform didn't impact the content or structure of the show at all. She likens it to Curb Your Enthusiasm, but with a female lead. There have been a number of successful shows lately by and about women, like Broad City and Inside Amy Schumer, but Klausner doesn't want to be slotted into a trend.

"I don't want to talk about women in comedy," she says. "That's so boring. It's something that has been giving so much attention. That we're a group that needs special treatment, then there is backlash to it. It's something that think pieces about it only make the stigma worse."

Based on that statement you wouldn't think that Klausner is afraid to speak her mind, but she says the Julie on TV is much different from the Julie IRL.

"The Julie on the show is braver and has the balls to say things I would say and she's a lot less self aware and a lot more impulsive," she says. "She doesn't get her role in not being successful in show biz. She's a lot lazier and more immature when it comes to accepting certain facts of life."

Difficult People stars Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner.

Difficult People stars Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner. Photograph: Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Hulu

Still, many of the stories come directly from Julie's life, things she has said or done or situations that will be familiar to her podcast listeners, who have been following her catalog of misadventures for the past four years. Her interaction with Billy is peppered with pop culture references of things as varied as Angels in America and Vanderpump Rules.

"So much of what the show is commenting on the cultural world around us," she says. "I like to make a point in saying that I don't feel like I'm much different than I was writing recaps because I think writing about it is as essential a form of writing as any other. The insight into the world around us is the language that Billy and Julie speak."

What advice would she give someone trying to recap Difficult People? "It's tough to recap a scripted comedy because it's hard to be funny when you're writing about something that tries to be funny. My recommendation is not to do it," she says. "But we need the press, so my recommendation is to take flattering screen shots of me."

Difficult People is available to stream on Hulu now.

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