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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.


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.

Hairspray Live!
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