"Billy on the Street" comedian Billy Eichner has accused Burger King of copying his act in one of its new commercials. The Burger King spot features a "man on the street" quizzing two teenagers about how much they think a box of Chicken Nuggets costs. The man, like Eichner's street character, is brusque and impatient, yelling, "These are $1.49 for 10!" and then enters into a bizarre grunting competition with one of the boys.
The similarities seem to end there, however. Whereas Eichner has built a character, Burger King's rep is literally a man on the street -- a concept that is hardly unique to Eichner's show. Where Eichner is seen racing through the street, Burger King's man is motionless. Where Eichner usually dispenses one-way jokes, Burger King's man engages in banter with a kid who is joking back. While Eichner screams with frenetic hand motions, the Burger King guy is fairly relaxed, raising his voice only a little. (Or maybe this is what cheap and crappy imitation of a comedian looks like?).
The bit was similar enough to Eichner's show that the comic tweeted at Burger King, and several other comics supported Eichner:
They are all right about one thing, however. Burger King's spot is definitely not funny.