With SNL's 39th season coming to a close, we're taking a look at the past season with a series of posts examining the highs, lows, and other memorable moments from the past eight months. Here, we look at the performers that make up SNL's current cast, including their overall contributions to the show, memorable roles, relative screen time, and prospects for returning next season.
SNL's 39th season was a crowded one. Record-breaking crowded, even. Six new hires, plus a seventh midseason, rose the total to 17, making the current cast the largest SNL has seen during its entire four-decade run, topping even the infamously bloated 1990-1991 season. That season only had [...]
"I remember I was told when I started at SNL – it was good advice – it was like, 'Here’s what the show finds funny and there's what you find funny and you have to find the Venn diagram of where they overlay.' And there were some people in my time there like John Mulaney, Kristen Wiig – what they found funny and what the show found funny was the exact same thing. There was no overlay; it was like a carbon copy. Mike was someone that didn't give a shit about the Venn diagram."
-Bill Hader, quoted in a piece for Screencrush about the unique comedy of longtime [...]
Bill Hader is gearing up for his next big film role. According to Variety, the SNL alum is in talks to star in the upcoming film Trainwreck starring and written by Amy Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow. Hader had a small voice role in the movie Her and recently got positive reviews for his more dramatic performance opposite Kristen Wiig in The Skeleton Twins at Sundance, so it's good to see the mind behind "Donald Duck having a Vietnam nightmare" build some big-screen momentum.
Former SNL cast members Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig both had quick voice cameos in Spike Jonze's movie Her, and Hader recently talked to Vulture about the small part he played in the movie, voicing a man posing as a woman in a phone sex chat room that Joaquin Phoenix's character visits. Here's Hader talking about being in the movie:
"I took my dad to go see it and he didn’t know I was in it until the credits started rolling. He was like, 'Wait a minute, wait a minute — which one were you?' I was like, 'It’s fast and I sound like a woman. But that was [...]
Here's the latest episode of Conan's web series Starstruck, in which famous people tell stories about times they met other famous people and had weird emotions about it. Here, guest Bill Hader details an interaction with comedian and filmmaker Mike Nichols that made him so he emotional he had to run away.