BREAKING GOOD: Best of Bill Hader Breaking Character

by Rachel Roderman

I don’t know what was tougher to stomach on Sunday, having to endure all that Mom talk or hearing the news that Bill Hader would be leaving Saturday Night Live this Saturday after a mere 8 years on the show. It’s hard to believe that in 2005, Bill Hader was just an inconsequential nobody in the lives of so many. Since then he’s been nominated for an Emmy for his work on “SNL” and “South Park,” done too much voice over work for one man’s vocal chords, and been in a successful movie or two. Not bad for a dude who can convincingly turn into James Carville. All accomplishments aside (and you can see all of the brilliant work by googling “Best of Bill Hader,” which now provides no less than a million internet compilations of his characters), the man seemed like he was having the time of his life up on that stage. From the highly revered impersonations of Al Pacino and Vincent Price to the overly affectionate Dwayne Vogelcheck, Bill rarely broke character, but when he did, and thankfully for the world he did, it was some of the best television ever.

Scared Straight

I don’t know how anyone can keep a straight face while being prodded by Tracy Morgan to be honest. And neither does ol’ Bill. Check out the Hader giggles round four minutes in.


This episode featuring the New York City correspondent, Stefon, has almost eternalized itself in the SNL archives of “Best Things Ever.” Covert laughing happens the entire time, but he loses his mind around 3:30 when he tries to explain what a Humba is. It’s worth the entire view though. Don’t sell yourself short.

The Californians

If “Whateryoudoinghere?” wasn’t a word before this sketch, it is now, and the more slurred the better. They all drop the act a minute in. Oh, California.

Super Showcase

I guess when you’ve been the game show host for every game show sketch for 8 years, you’re bound to stop paying attention to the script and start focusing on the two crazy ladies riding a golf cart into the set in front of you. You don’t have to wait to find out what you would’ve won if you don’t want…just skip to 1:16 to see it all fall apart.

Renaldo & Alexi (Dress Rehearsal)

The beauty of the internet is that we get the really important things in life right to our doorsteps. Like rehearsal tape from SNL. I’m taking a shot in the dark here, but I’m guessing Bill Hader doesn’t take extra long lunch breaks at the water cooler to avoid his coworkers. He, and partner in crime Fred Armisen, break around 2:50 and don’t stop.

When you gaze into Brian Wilson's beard, Brian Wilson's beard gazes also

When you gaze into Brian Wilson’s beard, Brian Wilson’s beard gazes also.

Rachel Roderman is a writer and comedian based in Los Angeles by way of NJ. She wrote the webisode Coco & Ruby and contributes to, both of which are the exact opposite of this website. Follow her on Twitter @rachelroderman.

Screw Disneyland! We're going to Busch Gardens

Screw Disneyland! We’re going to Busch Gardens

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