Recently-departed SNL cast member Bill Hader sat down for an AMA question-and-answer session on Reddit yesterday to promote The To Do List, a new movie he plays a supporting role in that his wife Maggie Carey wrote/directed. It's a nice, wide-ranging chat set of questions that cover his favorite SNL sketches, writing for South Park, the time he bugged Michael Showalter in public when he was 22, and the one SNL alum he wishes he could collaborate with.
We gathered up all the best moments from the AMA, and you can check them out below:
Bill Hader has joined the South Park writing staff full-time for the show's upcoming 17th season. Trey Parker revealed the news at Comic-Con yesterday evening while speaking at a panel for the upcoming video game South Park: The Stick of Truth with co-creator Matt Stone. Hader, who was nominated for an Emmy yesterday for his final season of Saturday Night Live, recently moved to LA.
Hader has actually been involved with South Park for years. He began working as a creative consultant for season twelve in 2008. Hader became a producer on the show the following season and has received an Emmy win and an Emmy nomination [...]
Here's "Song for Daddy," a cut sketch from SNL's dress rehearsal that NBC just uploaded online this week. It's followed by commentary from Bill Hader and writers Rob Klein and John Solomon, explaining how Hader was playing to an audience full of tween girl Justin Bieber fans who didn't get the sketch and how a stage wall almost collapsed on Justin Bieber a minute into the sketch. (via Warming Glow)
What a weepy week it was for comedy nerds. NBC packed a double-whammy of goodbyes, with The Office's poignant series finale last Thursday, followed by Saturday's season finale of Saturday Night Live and final episode to feature Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, and (perhaps) Jason Sudeikis as regular cast members, which was announced only days before. It is indeed the end of an era, not just for the network, but for TV comedy as a whole, and we will talk plenty more about this changing landscape over the coming days, weeks, and months.
Unlike last year's farewell to Kristen Wiig, which had a best-of-Wiig vibe that unfortunately repeated itself a week [...]
With Bill Hader poised to leave Saturday Night Live after tomorrow's season finale, don't expect him to try to turn his most popular character from the show into a movie. Hader tells GQ, "There's no emotional through line. Sometimes people say to me 'I want a Stefon movie' and I'm like, you think you want a Stefon movie but then you'll see the poster for it and think, 'Wait, I don't want this.'" If only Bill Hader had been on the show during the '90s, when all of SNL's most popular characters got turned into movies, then he probably could have been pressured into making a Stefon movie and satisfying you [...]