Saturday Night Live brought back one of its strongest recent alums, Bill Hader, this weekend, and while the show got a great Stefon update out of the deal, it didn't take full advantage of Hader's hosting gig. This quite solid Gossipy Coal Miner sketch was reportedly cut for time, but it might have been because Hader was about to crack up through the whole thing.
Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader are making the promo rounds for their new film The Skeleton Twins, which recently brought them in front of Denver entertainment reporter Chris Parente. Though he gave it his best shot, poor old Parente just could not pull off pretending he'd actually seen the movie.
Bill Hader stopped by to chat with his old pal Seth Meyers on Late Night last night, where the two reminisced on their weepy SNL parting and the faux Stefon-Seth wedding. Known as a character primarily comprised of Hader breaking into laughter, he explained that the reason Stefon always put his hands up to his face was because the way Meyers would respond to the character made him laugh, too. "A person being patient with an insane person is my favorite thing in the world," he said.
On last night's Saturday Night Live, Paula Deen stopped by the Weekend Update desk to explain all the allegations against her, including hiding her diabetes, mismanagement of her restaurant and her use of the N word: nutrition.
Saturday Night Live opened its 37th season tonight with a parody of Thursday's Fox News/Google Republican presidential debate. Despite being too long and wrought with cliche—Newt Gingrich has a huge head! Michele Bachmann's eyes are crazy!—the sketch managed to work thanks to Bill Hader as debate moderator Shep Smith and Alec Baldwin as the same confused, babbling version of Rick Perry that showed up to the real thing. A video of highlights is above; the full sketch is viewable here.
So, Tina Fey hosted Saturday Night Live this week! She was OK, but nothing from the episode really stood out... that is, until Bill Hader reprised his role as Stefon—Weekend Update's club-hopping "City Correspondent"—who came armed with the most ridiculous suggestions imaginable for a Mother's Day out. The bit succeeded in its own right, but the fact that Hader broke character about 20 times to regain his composure made everything funnier.
When Bill Hader sat down with Carson Daly, we learned how he first got into comedy, where his sketch group first practiced (in Nick Offerman's workshop, of all places) and how he made it onto Saturday Night Live.