Bill Hader, star of Saturday Night Live, writer on South Park and our all time favorite Birdman who we would definitely call in case of a black out, stopped by Reddit yesterday for an AMA. Things we learned about the funny man include that he thinks James Franco is the best kisser, that he has some mad skills at air drumming and about the time when he was 22 and stopped Michael Showalter at LAX to say he was a fan and he said “Oh thanks.” You should read the entire AMA, but here are some of our favorite highlights:
What sketch have you wrote that you are most proud of and is there a line from Stefon sketch that as soon as you read you just burst out laughing
The sketch I was the most proud of was probably one about your neck of the woods. It was called Do You Go Runnin Round Re Ro and it was a take on British Gangster movies and how we Americans can’t understand what the actors are saying with those thick Yorkshire accents and all. And my favorite Stefan line was “Jewish vampire Sydney Applebaum.”
I was watching the outtakes for “the Californians” on SNL, how hard was it to keep a straight face during that skit among others??
The first time we did it, Fred just starting doing that voice (“Whaaaaaat are you doing here?!”) and Kristen and I were like “What?” It was so funny. I hadn’t heard him do it before. Man o man it made me laugh. Then it became a game of who could stretch out the vowels in their sentences the most. It got crazy.
I heard you ruined the ending of Titanic to a movie theater full of annoying sorority girls that had rented it out when you used to work at a movie theater in Broken Arrow, OK.
Yes I did. But it was in Tempe, AZ. And I was immediately fired. But it was so…so…SO worth it.
What was it like on the set of Hot Rod? seems like a great group to work with.
It was a blast. First movie I ever did. Major memories: Danny McBride and I watching the Tyra Banks Show at lunch everyday and the stuntman breaking his leg for real in the opening scene! [Ed note: You can watch the gross gif here]
You did the best Tauntaun impression I had ever heard when you were on Conan a few years back.
Man thank you. That was a huge swing and it paid off. I still get people on the street that will ask me to do it! [Ed note: You can watch here]
I fell off my chair crying with laughter at “MY NAME IS CLARK AND I LIKE BISCUITS AND WAFFLES” – where on earth did that character come from?!
Anthony Coleman was created by John Solomon and Rob Klein. I showed up the morning of the table read and they said “OH WE GOT SOMETHIN’ FOR YOU!” I love that character!
Question 1: You mentioned on Conan the other night about the tumblr blog dedicated to you needing new clothes. Did someone point that out to you, or did you find it yourself? Are you aware of the huge fanbase on tumblr about you? Question 2: Over the years on SNL, you kissed many of your male co-stars(and a few hosts). Who would you say is the best kisser?
1) I was told about it from basically my entire family, including my wife who I honest think is running it. That’s very flattering re: tumbler. 2) Franco. 100 percent.