For someone who used to dominate the show when on, Hader often faded into the background this week. Part of that had to do with the content of the sketches, but the overall ebb and flow meant that he simply wasn’t onscreen for large chunks of the evening. Now, that’s hardly a problem unique to this episode, but when you have a potential first-ballot all-time SNL cast member hosting, that feels like a missed opportunity.
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Hader was funny, as usual, and was given freedom to dominate the sketches he was in. It’s funny seeing old cast members hosting the show – when they were in the cast, they a) weren’t in almost every sketch, and b) weren’t always given the main comedic role (well, with the exception of Will Ferrell, but he’s an exception). The episode played more like a “Best of” Bill Hader special, because it was Bill, Bill, Bill all the way through.
Bill Hader Biography
Colleagues and friends took note of Hader's charisma and encouraged him to step in front of the camera. A close friend of Hader's invited him to attend a Second City performance. Hader instantly took interest in improvisation. He joined the Second City Los Angeles Improv Troupe. Eventually he gained membership in the sketch comedy group Animals of the Future.
Stefon showed up on Weekend Update to talk about New York party spots where tourists could spend the last few hours of St. Patrick’s Day. And he delivered, running down a bunch of weird-sounding places. And all of them had one thing in common: Roman J. Israel, esquire — though it’s not clear if this running joke is referring to the movie itself or the character played by Denzel Washington.
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Bill Hader made his return to Studio 8H on March 17, and he brought back one of his most beloved Saturday Night Live characters with an assist from the writer who helped createhim: John Mulaney.
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To nail a James Carville impersonation, one must absorb the greatest feature of the Democratic strategist's personality: sputtering political wisdom in the strangest manner possible. The totally bald Hader does just that and takes the impersonation into absurds-ville, coming off as that uncle who will tell you all about the birds, the bees, the Clintons and everything in between.
The 39-year-old actor had created thecharacter, a Weekend Update "city correspondent," while working as a regular SNL performer between 2005 and 2013. After he left the series, he returned a couple of times and made cameos.
Stefon is an expert on New York’s hottest clubs and tries to help tourists find the perfect club. This weekend Stefon laid out the best places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. He even brought out his attorney, played by comedian and former “SNL” writer John Mulaney. Hader and Mulaney co-created the character of Stefon.