American Horror Story: Cult's Billy Eichner says show will be a 'surreal take' on post-Trump America

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Aug 8, 2017, 1:51 PM EDT

Billy Eichner was on hand during last night’s episode of Late Night With Seth Meyers, where he revealed interesting tidbits about American Horror Story: Cult.

The comedian, who currently stars in Hulu’s Difficult People (which Eichner describes as “really fun and mean and bitter” and kicks off with Season 3 today) and will soon lend his pipes to Disney’s live-action The Lion King as Timon, will play a character named Harrison Wilton in the seventh season of Ryan Murphy’s hit horror anthology series.

Here’s what he offered up about the upcoming new season to the late-night host:

“It’s absolutely insane. It’s so crazy. This is the biggest departure that I think most people have seen [compared to the characters he usually plays], and it’s serious. There are some darkly funny moments, but it’s mostly serious and violent and sexual and all the things people have always wanted to see from me.”


Eichner then proceeded to confirm (after he said he was sworn to secrecy, much to the audience's delight) that it was a certain recent presidential election that inspired AHS: Cult, saying:

“It is inspired by the election. It starts on election night and then you see the fallout from that, and it is a gory, fantasy, violent, sexual, surreal take on post-Trump America.”

Now, that should make for some fascinating TV viewing, don’t you think?

Along with Billy Eichner, new cast members include Carrie Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd, Alison Pill, Colton Haynes, and Girls’ Lena Dunham.

The show will also feature American Horror Story alums Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson, who've been with series since the first season, as well as Emma Roberts, who starred in AHS: Coven and Freakshow, and Cheyenne Jackson, who starred in AHS: Hotel and Roanoke.

American Horror Story: Cult will premiere on Sept. 5 on FX.