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'SNL' Review: Bill Hader's Master Class

You can judge how great a past SNL cast member was by the void they refill when they return to the show. Maya Rudolph's hosting gig in 2012 reminded viewers not only how irreplaceable of a triple-threat talent Rudolph is, but how colorless (in every possible meaning of the word) the cast seemed in her absence. Andy Samberg's return last May revealed the cast remained short of a goofball viewers seemed to like, even if the show could still produce amazing video content without him. If SNL needs to know what it's missing, it needs only bring back an old cast member to highlight the weak spots.

Bill Hader returned [...]

Seth Meyers Says Stefon Will Appear on 'Late Night'

It looks like Seth Meyers's most popular "Weekend Update" guest will be popping up on Late Night once he takes over NBC's 12:35am show. As a guest on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live last night, Meyers told host Andy Cohen, "Bill [Hader] and I spoke during my last SNL, and we do think [Stefon] will turn up eventually." Meyers added, "The thing that's great is that all the SNL actors … are just a few floors away," but said that he wants to establish his version of Late Night as its own thing and that Lorne Michaels, who produces both shows, cautioned him about making his new show too [...]

Talking to Bill Hader About Writing for 'South Park' Full-Time and Life After 'SNL'

After an impressive eight year run on the show, Bill Hader left Saturday Night Live in May and moved to the west coast. Since then, he's been keeping busy with various movie and TV projects, most notably working behind the scenes alongside Trey Parker and Matt Stone on South Park. Hader has been serving as a creative consultant and producer on the Comedy Central animated series for years now. This season, since he's now living in LA where South Park is produced, he's been bumped up to a full-time writer on the show, starting with the season premiere, which airs tonight at 10.

I recently had the chance to [...]

The Best of 'SNL' Season 38

It snuck up on us, didn't it? The end of SNL Season 38 brought along with it key staff changes, among them the upcoming departure of head writer Seth Meyers and the immediate departures of cast members Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, and (unofficially) Jason Sudeikis. Few people have shaped SNL over the past 8 years more than these men — Meyers with his leadership in the writers room and charm as Weekend Update host, and Hader, Armisen and Sudeikis as the cast's workhorses and loadbearing performers. Indeed, many pegged Season 38 as a "transitional year" in the wake of Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg leaving the show a year ago, [...]

Bill Hader Doesn't Want a Stefon Movie

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 [...]

Bill Hader Explains Why He Turned Down a Stefon Movie

"There had been talk about a Stefon movie. It was a very cordial thing of Lorne Michaels coming to me and [then-SNL writer] John Mulaney and saying 'Paramount is asking about this. What do you guys think?' He pretty much just left it up to us. 'You are the guys who are gonna have to write it, so you decide.' John and I pretty quickly said no. Because in our mind, it never worked as a sketch. It was a nice thing that lived on Weekend Update, and it should probably only live on SNL and that's that."

- Bill Hader explains why he and John Mulaney turned down a [...]

'SNL' Review: Melissa McCarthy and a Farewell to Seth Meyers

Some episodes of SNL are bigger than the host. For example, this season's premiere spotlighted the show's record six new cast members, while host Tina Fey shone in serviceable roles, like her pep talk to Cecily Strong in the latter's first time co-hosting Weekend Update. Similarly, last season's finale focused less on Ben Affleck's career comeback than it did on saying goodbye to Bill Hader and Fred Armisen (and Jason Sudeikis, though his departure hadn't been officially announced at that point). It's an awkward position for the host to find him or herself in, because not only do they feel the pressure to satisfy viewers tuning in to [...]

Even Though Bill Hader Doesn't Want a Stefon Movie, He and John Mulaney Had an Idea for One

Bill Hader was the guest on the latest episode of Hulu's Larry King Now, and Larry King asked him if Stefon could live on beyond Saturday Night Live. "Possibly," Hader answered. King suggested a Stefon-based sitcom, to which Hader replied, "A sitcom? I haven’t heard that one. People always talk about a movie. A Stefon sitcom would actually be pretty great. Do it multi-camera, and he has, like, a normal neighbor and stuff."

Hader revealed that he and SNL writer John Mulaney had an idea for a Stefon movie but weren't interested. Here's what he said:

“We did have an idea for a movie. We talked a little bit about [...]

'SNL' Review: Ben Affleck and the End of an Era

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 [...]

Videolist: Bill Hader's Best 'SNL' Sketches

With today's news that Bill Hader is leaving Saturday Night Live after eight seasons as a wildly-popular cast member on the show, we've collected videos of Hader's best sketches for a nice look back at the excellent work he's done on SNL. From characters like everybody's favorite clubhopper Stefon to ancient reporter Herb Welch and dead-on impressions of Al Pacino, Alan Alda, and Vincent Price, they're all here. SNL has some awfully big shoes to fill next year.

Check out a ton of classic Bill Hader sketches below:

What to Expect From 'SNL' Season 40

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, Will Forte, Cecily Strong, and Bobby Moynihan Reminisce About Seth Meyers's 'SNL' Stint

"When I did the very last Stefon, he gave me a hug -– and we’re hugging when it ends and you can see we’re kind of talking to each other. What he was saying to me was, 'Thanks for letting me be a part of that.' That’s Seth Meyers. He could easily be, 'I’m the fucking guy here.'"

Bill Hader in a new Huffington Post article called "So Long, Seth Meyers: The Man Who Made Everyone Around Him At SNL A Lot Better," in which a handful of Meyers's SNL collaborators reminisce about his many contributions to the show since 2001.

Breaking Down Each Cast Member's Contribution to 'SNL' Season 38

As mentioned in yesterday's post listing our favorite moments from this season of SNL, Season 38 has been dubbed a "transitional year" by many followers of the show. After a few years of relative stability among the core cast members, stars Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg left a year ago, followed by Abby Elliott later in the summer. With the start of the new season, three performers from Chicago's improv and sketch community joined the cast: Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson, and Cecily Strong. In the wake of Wiig's dominating presence on the show, two freshman females in particular have emerged as go-to's: Kate McKinnon, who joined the cast [...]

Here's Everyone Who Was at Stefon's Wedding

Stefon and Anderson Cooper's wedding on Saturday Night Live this weekend was jam-packed with appearances from characters and creatures Stefon had mentioned in previous Weekend Update reports. We freeze-framed our way through the scene to offer you this guide to all of Stefon's wedding guests. From Gizblow the coked-up Gremlin to DJ Baby Bok Choy, they're all here: