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Billy Eichner joins Hairspray Live

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For a dollar — how many sweaters do you own?

Comedian and Difficult People difficult person Billy Eichner is the latest actor to join the walloping cast of NBC’s Hairspray Live!, EW has learned exclusively.

Eichner’s role is small but special: He’ll pop up in Hairspray‘s second act as Rob Barker, a local TV newscaster for Baltimore’s WZZT who reports on Tracy Turnblad’s escape from the law and her attempt to integrate The Corny Collins Show.

The Billy on the Street star now joins NBC’s biggest-ever live musical cast, which 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 direct the musical event, with choreography by Jerry Mitchell, an updated teleplay by Fierstein, and music by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Uber-producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are behind the project.

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

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