"Well, there's been extraordinary talent, let's get real. I don't want to start listing names because there's too many that I would forget, but between Eddie Murphy and [Dana] Carvey and Mike Myers and Will Ferrell and so forth … I think Bill Hader probably did the best work anyone ever did on that show … It took him a little while to get going, but once he got going it was extraordinary."
- Bill Murray gives some high SNL praise for Bill Hader in his interview with Howard Stern from earlier today.
Local Denver news reporter Chris Parente is probably used to pretending he's seen certain movies for his job, and at the top of his recent interview with The Skeleton Twins stars Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader he seems more than confident that his complete lack of knowledge about their new movie will have no bearing on the segment to come. After Parente blows his cover by asking Wiig if she has "advice for going nude," the SNL alums descend on him without mercy, and the result is both cringeworthy and entertaining. (via Death and Taxes)
SNL returns for its 40th season this Saturday, with host Chris Pratt, musical guest Ariana Grande, and pretty much the same cast — minus a handful of people we rarely saw in sketches anyway. Following a lackluster season, Lorne Michaels is now sticking with the tools he's got, replacing five departing cast members with only one newcomer — standup Pete Davidson — and promoting writer Michael Che to co-host Weekend Update. Meanwhile, Colin Jost will remain at the desk after taking on the job last February. It's a conservative approach, compared to last year's throw-everything-against-the-wall casting strategy, which resulted in a cast so overpopulated that some remained literal faces in the crowd at the season's [...]
Bill Hader finally visited the Late Night desk last night, where he and Meyers looked back on their years working together at SNL, one of Hader's impressions that never made it on the show, and the origins of his beloved Weekend Update regular Stefon. Check out more clips from the interview below:
Here's the trailer for Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig's new dramatic film and Sundance hit The Skeleton Twins, in which the SNL alums and former Adventureland costars play a depressed brother and sister who reunite after ten years of not speaking to each other. The film opens in theaters on September 19th, which should be plenty of time to get used to the idea of Karina and Devin from "The Californians" as much respected dramatic actors.