On his show Billy on the Street, Billy Eichner (who you may recognize from Difficult People and Parks and Recreation) runs all over New York, often with celebrities in tow, asking and/or shouting questions at complete strangers. Sometimes he’ll use the show as an excuse to run a celebrity through some peculiarly themed obstacle course. And this isn’t some Jimmy Fallon-style frat house game or a showcase of athletic prowess. Rather, it’s an excuse for Eichner to spend his show’s budget on ridiculous props and premises (think of Double Dare if it overdosed on pop culture). One recent segment had him running “contestant” Rachel Dratch (from SNL and 30 Rock) through a course themed after Margot Robbie’s Moment. It doesn’t so much mock Australian actress Robbie as it does the general phenomenon of certain actors suddenly being everywhere, forced to spend a year or so on a purgatorial press tour.
First there’s this, a ridiculous prop that fuses Martin Scorsese’s face with the type of jungle-themed obstacle you’d see on Legends of the Hidden Temple. Beyond the obvious Scorsese eyebrow gag (they are super bushy), it’s funny that this prop exists at all. Think about the effort that went into designing and building this thing simply to have a reference to Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street, where Robbie can be seen in her first breakout role.
And here’s Dratch taking a firehose to Robbie’s Australian managers (or at least the mannequins that represent them). It’s a pretty simple gag about Robbie’s sudden upgrade to Hollywood status. “You need agents like the ones that put Cameron Diaz in Annie!” Billy exclaims while coaching Dratch through the course. The presentation here is hilarious, plus Dratch seems like she’s having some fun with that hose.
Then, as you can see in this pic, Dratch is taken through a veritable gauntlet of late night talk shows. First she has to dance her way around Ellen in order to climb through the window prop in the background. Then she makes her way around Conan O’Brien’s desk to climb through the moon, a replica of the background display for Conan’s show. And then she smashes her way through the TV on Andy Cohen’s set (a lot of climbing through portals hidden in talk show backgrounds here). Her final nemesis in this never-ending talk show circuit is Jimmy Fallon, who she drowns with the liquid contained by a massive red solo cup (Fallon’s guests, Frank Ocean and Wreck-It Ralph, seem nonplused). It is finally in this moment that Dratch (and the viewers and Margot Robbie) are freed from an endless junket. But more perils await.
Dratch is forced to reenact Robbie’s scene from The Big Short, where she plays herself, lecturing the viewer about a housing crisis while sitting in a hot tub and holding a champagne flute. Dratch embodies the scene perfectly, improvising some great housing crisis talk with lines like this: “People are losing their homes. It’s really terrible” and “Oh banks, ohhh banks.”
Suddenly Dratch/Robbie is swept up in Lip Sync Battle, where she is flanked by dancers in blue as she performs NWA’s “F*** the Police.” She receives considerable backlash on the web, represented in the game by an actual web that Dratch needs to climb out of. This isn’t based on a real event, but it still seems right given the type of low-key celebrity controversy that floats in and out of the news cycle.
Finally, Dratch/Robbie ascends the mountainous contours of the Vanity Fair group photo she participated in. She swings from a vine over the press junket, represented here by an Extra interview for The Legend of Tarzan, a movie that Robbie was in but that everyone promptly forgot about shortly after its release. She lands on the top of Robbie’s IMDB page (and seems to hurt her leg a bit, poor Rachel) and slides down. Billy makes a dig at the upcoming A.A. Milne biopic Robbie is starring in: “That should be a real barnburner.” And then Hailee Steinfeld jumps out to chase Dratch through the finish line because “she’s trying to steal your moment!” Dratch takes a breath, and we all promptly forget about that Tarzan movie again.