For a dollar, name a more iconic duo than Mariah Carey and the concept of being a diva. We’ll wait. Not only is that an impossible task, it’s also probably a riddle Billy Eichner has shouted at some point on Billy On The Street— his man-on-the-street show wherein he accosts unwilling participants in New York to quiz them on pop culture, sometimes for a quick buck. It may have started as a low-budget YouTube skit when our boy Billy was a struggling comic, but now he’s playing in the big leagues (hello, Beyoncé and The Lion King) Billy On The Street is now a sensation that has caught the eye of—you guessed it—Mariah Carey.
Earlier this month, the star revealed her BotS obsession on Twitter and Eichner, who was a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden (weekdays at 12:37 a.m. ET on CTV) on Tuesday night, explained the impact of her support.
“She sent multiple tweets because she was binging it on Netflix, and at first I saw that she started following me, and I wanted to play it cool. But I’ve been obsessed with her my whole life! I had my first kiss listening to Mariah Carey,” he admitted, adding, “To a girl, which shows you how long ago that was!”
“I’ve loved her so long,” Billy continued, “so I screen-grabbed the fact that she was following me, I got a notification, I sent that to my friends, we were all secretly freaking out. Then she started tweeting about the show! Then I responded to her, and wrote to her privately on Twitter.”
At this point, actress Kathy Bates, who was also a guest on The Late Late Show and enraptured by Billy’s story, let out a huge gasp in astonishment. Girl, same.
“I know, even Kathy Bates is impressed!” Billy bellowed to the audience.
Eichner also revealed Miss Carey’s fun texting style. “A lot of emojis! Mariah is no stranger to an emoji,” he said. Dang, who would’ve thought that the woman who sang “You’ve got me feelin’ emotions” would have us feelin’ emojis? We bet she’s a winky-face fan.
This isn’t even the first time the Great Mariah Carey has endorsed a comedy show using social media. We learned the same way about her obsession with the Canadian comedy Schitt’s Creek. Creator and star Dan Levy took the news about as calmly as Billy did.
So now that Mariah and Billy are ride-or-die BFFs, you know what all this means, right? We need an episode of Mariah doing Billy on the Street STAT. Can you imagine?