Billy Eichner joins Hairspray Live! — exclusive

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Comedian and Difficult People formidable chairman Billy Eichner is a latest actor to join a walloping expel of NBC’s Hairspray Live!, EW has schooled exclusively.

Eichner’s purpose is tiny though special: He’ll cocktail adult in Hairspray’s second act as Rob Barker, a internal TV newscaster for Baltimore’s WZZT who reports on Tracy Turnblad’s shun from a law and her try to confederate The Corny Collins Show.

The Billy on a Street star now joins NBC’s biggest-ever live low-pitched cast, that includes Harvey Fierstein (as Edna Turnblad), Maddie Baillio (Tracy Turnblad), Ariana Grande (Penny Pingleton), Jennifer Hudson (Motormouth Maybelle), Kristin Chenoweth (Velma Von Tussle), Martin Short (Wilbur Turnblad), Derek Hough (Corny Collins), Dove Cameron (Amber Von Tussle), Garrett Clayton (Link Larkin), Andrea Martin (Prudy Pingleton), Ephraim Sykes (Seaweed J. Stubbs), Shahadi Wright Joseph (Little Inez), Rosie O’Donnell (the gym teacher), and Sean Hayes (Mr. Pinky).

Kenny Leon and Alex Rudzinski will approach a low-pitched event, with choreography by Jerry Mitchell, an updated teleplay by Fierstein, and song by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Uber-producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are behind a project.

Hairspray Live! airs on Wednesday, Dec. 7 during 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC.

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