Bill Hader was once a regular on Saturday Night Live and he returns tonight as a host, having really made a name for himself over the years. Having amassed a net worth of an estimated $8 million, Hader comes back to SNL with experience and a new movie to promote. Hader is, of course, excited to return to the show. He once told USA Today:
It’s my family. You always come back home. I was talking to other people who had left and they all said how great it is to come back.
Read on for the facts on why we love Bill Hader, his new movie with Kristen Wiig, his impressions, and his wife Maggie Carey.
1. Hader Has a New Movie With Fellow SNL Alum Kristen Wiig
Hader took a turn from comedy to star in a dramatic role in the 2014 film The Skeleton Twins, opposite SNL alum Kristin Wiig. The film won for ‘Best Screenplay’ at the Sundance Film Festival and also starred Luke Wilson. Have a glimpse of the movie in the above video.
The description of the film is this:
Milo (Hader) writes a brief impersonal suicide note, and cuts his wrists. Meanwhile, Maggie (Wiig) is in her bathroom preparing to swallow a handful of pills, but is interrupted by a call from a hospital informing her that her brother – whom she hasn’t spoken to in 10 years – has unsuccessfully attempted suicide. Maggie goes to the hospital in California, and suggests that he come to stay with her in their hometown in New York for a while; he reluctantly agrees. Milo meets Maggie’s gregarious husband Lance (Wilson), who enthuses that he and Maggie are trying to have a baby, which surprises Milo, as Maggie said in the past that she never wanted children … Maggie is taking scuba lessons, and having a compulsive sexual liaison with Billy, the instructor (Holbrook) … Maggie later confesses to Milo that she’s been taking birth control pills, both to avoid having a child with Lance and because she’s been sleeping with the instructors of all the classes she’s been taking.
2. Maggie Carey Is His Wife
In 2006, Hader married screenwriter and director Maggie Carey, with whom he has two daughters. Their daughters are Hannah Kathryn, born October 6, 2009, and Harper, born July 28, 2012. Biography.com reports that Hader’s marriage to Carey was actually a big contributing factor to his leaving SNL.
Hader explained that his departure from SNL was partially due to moving his wife, Maggie Carey, and his two daughters to Los Angeles because of her growing success establishing a filmmaking career.
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3. “Stefon” Is Hader’s Most Famous Character from Saturday Night Live
One character that fans definitely hope to see from Hader whenever he appears on SNL is the beloved Stefon. Stefon is the Weekend Update’s flamboyant NYC correspondent, whose recommendations are usually of bizarre nightclubs involving “nightmarish characters.” He is in love with Seth Meyers, who has retired from the show, but, perhaps will make a return when Hader appears on the show. Stefon claims that he lives in a garbage can next to a Radio Shack on 23rd and 7th in Manhattan. According to Wikipedia:
Stefon is based on two people SNL writer John Mulaney and Hader met: a wannabe club owner who always invited Mulaney to weird underground clubs and a barista Bill Hader met who looks, speaks, and dresses like Stefon.
In an epic finale when Hader left, Hader’s character “Stefon” married his long-time love Seth Meyers.
4. Hader Is Known for His Impressions
Growing up, Hader used to do impressions of teachers and friends, but didn’t get into celebrity impressions until he joined the cast of Saturday Night Live. Wikipedia reports on how Hader came up with some of his most famous impressions:
He developed his Al Pacino impersonation after watching the actor’s Emmy acceptance speech for Angels in America. Hader’s Vincent Price impersonation came from his love of Price’s Edgar Allan Poe films, such as The Fall of the House of Usher. His Peter O’Toole impersonation came partly from O’Toole in My Favorite Year, and Jack Lemmon’s drunken Prince Hapnick from The Great Race and Cher from Burlesque.
Other celebrities that Hader has done impressions of include Clint Eastwood, John Mayer, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, and Adam Levine.
5. He’s a Producer for South Park
The show South Park brought Hader aboard as a creative consultant in its 12th season. He was then a producer on the 13th season in 2009. Hader was one of the show’s producers who won the 2009 Emmy Award for Best Animated Series. You can also hear Hader on the commentary recorded for the 2009 Blu-ray edition of South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut as well as the Comedy Central special South Park: 6 Days to Air. Hader took a break from South Park, but re-joined the writing staff for the show in its 17th season.