Bill Hader made a glorious return to Saturday Night Live over the weekend, which included the return of his classic Weekend Update persona, Stefon, as well as an array of new characters. For the most part, his turn on the weekly sketch series proved wildly successful, but that doesn’t mean that there weren’t a few good laughs to be had on Hader’s part. In fact, during a recent appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Hader opened up and admitted that the “Girlfriends Game Night” sketch caused him to break character the most. Hader said:
It was bad because I backed up, and I knew I hit something. I didn’t know what it was. And I could hear Melissa behind me going ‘It’s me.’ Just like, ‘Oh it’s me.’ And I look, and I see Aidy Bryant, so I am like ‘Oh Aidy’s alone. That means I have the entire table behind me.’
Outside of Stefon, a role that regularly required him to cover his face when he broke character, Bill Hader mostly managed to keep it together during his tenure on Saturday Night Live. That said, “Girlfriends Game Night” forced him to take control of a motorized wheelchair while playing an old man, and the somewhat uncontrollable nature of the device made for some unintentionally hilarious moments. By the end of the sketch, Hader accidentally ran over half of the set and found himself forced to duck behind Cecily Strong to hide his laughter from the live audience in the studio.
If you want to hear more of Bill Hader’s stories about his return to Saturday Night Live, then check out a clip from his appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers, below!
Luckily, Bill Hader’s next foray into the small screen world will have more room for editing out the mistakes and the breaks in character. He will soon step into his new role as the titular character on HBO’s Barry — a single-camera black comedy about a hitman who discovers a love for acting while on a job in Los Angeles. It’s one of Hader’s first real starring roles after years of plugging away as a character actor in films like Pineapple Express and Superbad, so it will be interesting to see what he can do with more room to maneuver (and no wheelchair).
Make sure to watch out for Bill Hader’s turn as Barry when the HBO show debuts later this week, on March 25. As for all of the other major spring debuts that are on the horizon, you can also head over to CinemaBlend’s full midseason premiere guide to get a better sense of all of the shows (both new and returning) that the next few months have in store!