Difficult People Creator Julie Klausner on Podcasts, Can’t-Miss TV and Facebook Confessions

And which housewife she'd share a bottle of rosé with


Who Julie Klausner

Age 38

Claim to fame Creator and star of the Hulu series Difficult People (Season 2 premieres today); host of the podcast How Was Your Week? with Julie Klausner

Base New York

Twitter @julieklausner

Adweek: What's the first information you consume in the morning?

Julie Klausner: My email or if someone texted me overnight. Then I usually go to Twitter where I follow a lot of different media Twitter accounts or people that link a lot to news stories or stories that other people on my feed are joking about or talking about or getting angry about or posting memes about. By the time I scroll to the middle I have a sense of what happened while I was asleep.

Do you use Facebook?

I go to Facebook if I want to post something from myself as a human being, something personal—and personal doesn't mean, like, "Guys, I lost the baby," necessarily. It could be, "I have this opinion and I need to vent," and for obvious reasons I'm not doing it to the 100,000 strangers who for some reason follow me—I don't know how many are robots—but sometimes you just need the intimacy of 300 strangers.

What do you listen to?

A lot of podcasts. I'm trying to listen to audiobooks because I started doing needlepoint to kind of get my eyes and hands off my phone when I need to Zen out and have something to do. So, when I'm doing that, I like to have some sort of human voice in the room. I listen to a lot of podcasts, and I have started listening to audiobooks, but it's very difficult for me to stay focused.

What are your favorite podcasts?

The Best Show with Tom Scharpling is kind of mandatory. Hollywood Handbook is my other favorite. It's extremely funny. And then I listen to Terry Gross, usually when she's interviewing someone from the cultural side of things. I love her interviews with comedians or documentary filmmakers or authors of nonfiction books that are helpful in the cultural realm. I've tried to listen to Terry Gross when she's had people on that are going to teach me about Supreme Court justices or something, and my mind kind of goes to some sort of happy place and I end up learning nothing. But I love her, and I think she's a great interviewer.

What's on your DVR right now?

Real Housewives of New York, Botched, Veep, Silicon Valley, CNN—any of those decades shows that they do, I love. Baskets, I think, is my favorite new show of last year. And then sometimes I'll record, like, a Turner Classic Movie. I'll scroll through the week on TCM and record movies that I haven't seen before and have those on when I'm needlepointing.

It's officially rosé season. Which Real Housewife of New York do you want to get drunk with?

Listen. No one's a better housewife than Countess Luann [de Lesseps]. She's beyond royalty. She's better than a countess. She's a queen as far as reality TV is concerned. She's so fun to watch, she always looks beautiful. We were lucky to have her and Sonja [Morgan] on Difficult People this season. I've hung out with her a couple times, and it's always hilarious. And I love her. Even when she's wrong and telling Bethenny [Frankel] that she shouldn't have gotten her haircut—you're like, "That's not your haircut," but it's still a joy. I always root for her, and whenever someone attacks her, I get very angry.

This story first appeared in the July 11, 2016 issue of Adweek magazine.

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