Not just for the red carpet, either, or the chance to hobnob with Nicole Kidman or Elisabeth Moss or whoever is among the acting nominees this year. In a recent guest column for Variety, Eichner wrote about the need for better LGBT representation on TV and in movies, and to see an out comedian honored would, one can imagine, be significant for young, gay viewers. "I hope that it would mean a lot," he muses. "I've always been out. I was never in. For me, it just felt unnatural to be in the closet professionally, even before it became more accepted. That's just the choice that I made that felt right for me."
"The fact that I started [Billy on the Street] as a series of videos that I would show as part of my live show in small bars in the East Village back in 2004 and now, 13 years later, it's really blown up into something that I've turned into a career and it's led to many other, wonderful projects -- yes, I'm proud of that. I hope gay kids see that and are inspired by that. But I also just hope everyone sees it and is inspired by it. Because I do think, without patting myself on the back too much, it's really a story, like many show business stories, of perseverance and persistence and staying at it and believing in yourself and all those things that sound cheesy but ultimately are true," Eichner says earnestly, then deadpans:
"You're reminding me of Matthew McConaughey's Oscar speech, where, if I remember correctly, he thanked himself in the future or the past or something like that. I've blocked out most of that speech, but I do recall that general theme running through it."