Marianne Garvey, Brian Niemietz, Oli Coleman with Rachel Maresca
Saturday, December 26, 2015, 2:00 AM
Billy Eichner says he was “shocked” when a regular on his show started ranting about Social Security in front of Michelle Obama.
Billy Eichner is the king of awkward interactions. But he says an uncomfortable moment with the First Lady was almost too much even for him.
At a recent Paley Center talk, the comic — known for aggressively and hilariously interviewing people on the street — said that he had a “mortifying” moment while doing a segment with Michelle Obama.
In the bit, the “Billy on the Street” star pitted a regular on his show — a sardonic senior known only as Elena — in a quiz against Mrs. Obama.
After they wrapped and were leaving, Eichner said Elena launched into a long speech about Social Security.
“I was so mortified. The First Lady had already given us an hour of her time to shoot this video which is a lot and I looked at Michelle Obama looking at Elena and nobody wanted to tell Elena to stop,” he said, “Eventually she did but it was really shocking.”
The comedian also spilled about some of his other celebrity guests. He said rapper Nas — who appeared genuinely angry when Eichner made him play a game that involved guessing whether people were media moguls or rabbis, and then gave him a birdcage as a prize — was the only famous guest who “didn’t get” the absurdist show.
He also said that, despite having hosted a talk show here for 33 years, David Letterman seems strangely unfamiliar with the city.
“We were walking on 23rd St. where we always film and David Letterman looked up at the Chelsea Hotel and he looked at me and said, ‘Look at that, beautiful architecture,’” said Eichner. “Yeah, David — it’s like, the Chelsea Hotel,’ and then I realized David Letterman doesn’t get out very often. I don’t think David is walking around town.”
LEA POSITIVELY GLOWS
Lea Michele’s New Year’s resolutions are about friendship, work and healthy living.
The “Glee” actress says “Less clique, more crew” and “Less slowing down, more gearing up” are her new mottos going forward. She’s been the face of the #ActuallySheCan campaign since its launch this past summer, designed to inspire women to achieve their professional, personal, health, wellness and societal goals.
She is also inviting millennials to enter their mantras in the #ActuallySheCan’s Less/More contest — winners receive an ActuallySheCan T-shirt that she signed.
LESS EMOJI, MORE EMOTION
Broadway star Michael Urie says his New Year’s resolution is to communicate the old-fashioned way.
The “Ugly Betty” actor tell us he and his boyfriend rely too much on emojis.
“We live together, so we see each all the time. But when we’re not in the same city, which is often, we miss each other’s voices,” he said at the opening night of “Fiddler on the Roof,” “We don’t talk enough. We text constantly.”
Playwright, social media star and “Star Trek” alum George Takei was spotted grabbing Mexican food near Longacre Theater, where his play “Allegiance” is being staged.
Takei and a pal dropped by the new Dos Caminos Times Square for pre-performance dinner and ordered chips and salsa, the pescado tacos and a slice of tres leches cakes. He then headed for the stage door to get ready for the performance.
WHAT A MESSING
Debra Messing — wearing some peculiar beach getup, including an ill-fitting cap and long-sleeve shirt — manages to find a moment of Zen in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
It seems that the star of “The Mysteries of Laura” has been looking for a little healing while south of the border over the holidays. She posted a picture of a sweat lodge to Twitter, captioning it, “CANT BEGIN TO EXPLAIN what happened in there for the past 2 hours . . . #profound.”
Kelly Bensimon was seen gossiping with one of her co-stars about their ex-castmates.
BOUDOIR PICS OF ‘WIVES’
“The Real Housewives of New York” escapees Kelly Bensimon and Jill Zarin were spotted gossiping about their ex-castmates at the holiday party for Jill’s store Zarin Fabrics.
The shop benefits Housing Works, a charity that aims to fight AIDS and homelessness in New York City.
A spy tells us that the hostess amused guests at the festive bash — including stylist Phillip Bloch — by jumping into a bed, which was on display in the window, to take pictures with pals.
MIDNIGHT MADNESS WITH CELEBS
Here’s what you can do on New Year’s Eve, if you’re prepared to pay the price of a sports car for a night out.
For $ 25,000, Joonbug.com is offering a table for 20 people at Lavo Nightclub — frequented by Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon and Leonardo DiCaprio — complete with five bottles of Belvedere, 14 bottles of Dom Perignon, a bottle of Don Julio, bottle service and an open bar from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Or if you’re not a crown prince, the site has other packages from $ 15,000 down to $ 39.