Bill Hader

William Thomas Hader Jr. (born June 7, 1978)[1] is an American comedian, actor, voice actor, producer, writer and director. He is known for his work as a cast member on Saturday Night Live (2005–2013), for which he has received four Emmy Award nominations, South Park (2008–present) and the parody series Documentary Now! (2015–present). He co-created and stars in the HBO series Barry, which began airing in March 2018 and earned Hader an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and three other Emmy nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series in its first season.[2]

He is known for his supporting roles in Hot Rod (2007), Superbad (2007), Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008), Tropic Thunder (2008), Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009), Paul (2011), Men in Black 3 (2012), Maggie's Plan (2015) and It – Chapter Two (2019) and for his leading roles in the dramedy The Skeleton Twins (2014) and the romantic comedy Trainwreck (2015). He has also voiced characters in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009), Monsters University (2013), Inside Out (2015) and Finding Dory (2016).

Bill Hader
Bill Hader, 2013 San Diego Comic Con-cropped-2
Hader at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con
Birth nameWilliam Thomas Hader Jr.
BornJune 7, 1978 (age 40)
Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
MediumFilm, television
Years active1998–present
GenresImprovisational comedy, character comedy, sketch comedy, insult comedy
Spouse
Maggie Carey
(m. 2006; div. 2018)
Children3

Early life

Hader was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the son of Sherri Renee (née Patton) and William Thomas Hader.[3][4] His father owned an air-freight company and worked as a restaurant manager, truck driver and occasional stand-up comedian;[5] his mother was a dance teacher.[6] He has two younger sisters, Katie and Kara.[4] His ancestry includes German, Danish, Irish, and English; his surname originates in Germany.[7]

Hader attended Patrick Henry Elementary School, Edison Junior High, and Cascia Hall Preparatory School.[8][9] He had "a hard time focusing on class" and was always "joking around". Though he was not hated by classmates, he felt he never truly fit in and filled his time watching movies and reading.[10] He appreciated Monty Python, British comedy, and the films of Mel Brooks and Woody Allen,[11] many of which he was introduced to through his father.[10] He made short films with friends and starred in a school production of The Glass Menagerie.[11]

He was unable to gain admission to top film schools because of his "abysmal" grades, so he instead enrolled at The Art Institute of Phoenix,[12] and later Scottsdale Community College.[10] Hader has mentioned that his very first job was selling Christmas trees. He also worked as an usher at a movie theater in nearby Tempe, which allowed him to see films for free. He was fired for spoiling the ending of the 1997 film Titanic to noisy patrons.[13][14] At Scottsdale, he met Nicholas Jasenovec, the director of Paper Heart.[15]

Career

Early career

Hader's aspirations of becoming a filmmaker[13] eventually led him to drop out of college and move to Los Angeles in 1999.[5][10] His parents were supportive of his decision to move, and Hader used the money they had originally saved for his college education to cover his living expenses when he arrived in Los Angeles.[11] He found work as a production assistant (PA) while scouring the back pages of The Hollywood Reporter,[16] and he hoped to advance far enough to become an assistant director.[16] He spent much of his young adulthood "lonely and underemployed," filling large amounts of spare time with movie marathons.[16] He regularly worked 18-hour days as a PA, having little time to pursue his creative ambitions.[11] He worked as a PA on the DVD Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy; the feature films James Dean,[17] Spider-Man,[17] and Collateral Damage;[5] as well as a post-production assistant on VH1 television's The Surreal Life.[18] Hader briefly worked as a PA and stage manager on Playboy TV's Night Calls;[19][20][21] he quit, as he feared it would disappoint his parents.[14] He quit being a PA altogether after a bad experience shooting The Scorpion King.[16]

He subsequently secured a job working as a nighttime assistant editor at post-production facility Triage Entertainment.[11][16] He invested money into his own short film, but was too embarrassed to release it. Shortly thereafter, Hader and his then-longtime girlfriend broke up.[22] Desperate for a change, he began attending comedy classes with friends at improvisational comedy enterprise the Second City in March 2003.[12] He quickly realized that comedy was the creative outlet that he had needed since he made the decision to leave higher education behind,[11] and soon Hader, his new compatriot in comedy Matt Offerman, and their two friends and fellow humor enthusiasts Eric Filipkowski and Mel Cowan, elected to form their own sketch comedy group.[23] Christening their group Animals from the Future, the four frequently appeared to small audiences at backyard shows in Van Nuys.[16] Matt's brother, actor Nick Offerman, told his wife, Megan Mullally, about the group.[24][25] Mullally, her interest piqued, wanted to see their work personally and, after attending one of the group's backyard appearances, she informed Hader of her intention to discuss him, specifically, with Lorne Michaels, creator and executive producer of Saturday Night Live (SNL). Hader, as a result of Mullally's recommendation, was asked to audition for the show, and soon flew to New York to audition for a group of SNL producers. Hader, who would later receive acclaim for his excellent impressions of others while appearing on SNL, had no impressions prepared when he was invited to audition. Despite being nervous and struggling to display his strengths during the audition, this resulted in his spontaneous imitation of an elderly Italian man he had once overheard; this impression would later become the first of Hader's many recurring characters on the show: Vinny Vedecci.[16] As a result of the audition, Hader got an agent and manager.[10] Just before he was officially invited to begin work on SNL, Hader was working as an assistant editor on Iron Chef America.[26]

Saturday Night Live

Hader was hired as a featured player and made his debut on the show on October 1, 2005. His first role was as a psychologist giving his views about life and death during the emergency landing of JetBlue Airways Flight 292. He felt he had gone from "preschool to Harvard."[22] He became the "impressions guy," hoping to fill a utility-player role "like his hero Phil Hartman".[16] Hader has said that he performed impersonations of teachers and friends when he was growing up but did not do impersonations of famous people until his Saturday Night Live audition.[27] His list of impressions includes Vincent Price in the Variety Vault sketches, Harvey Fierstein, Charlie Rose, Al Pacino, Brian Grazer, Rick Perry, John Malkovich, Seth Rogen, James Carville, Steven Van Zandt (as Silvio Dante), Julian Assange, Eliot Spitzer, Alan Alda, Clint Eastwood, and Charlie Sheen. On July 19, 2012, Hader received his first nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his work on SNL.[28][29] He is the first male SNL cast member to receive this nomination since Eddie Murphy in 1984.

Despite this, Hader suffered from anxiety and sleep problems during his tenure at the program.[10] He never felt "truly comfortable" throughout his first four seasons.[16] He was insecure that he had less comedy experience than his peers. He would often not sleep on Fridays before the show, and would feel light-headed prior to broadcasts.[10] He was neurotic regarding his performances; Hader called his early performances "rigid".[16] On one occasion, he began having a panic attack, live, while impersonating Assange. It was the final episode of 2010, and Hader remembered it: "It felt like someone was sitting on my chest. I couldn't breathe, I started sweating. I thought, This is not good — abort! abort!"[10] Hader is also prone to migraines, and once suffered one live on air- Jason Sudeikis had to guide him on and offstage as he couldn't see anything.[30] Michaels tried to put him at ease by remarking to him, "You can work here as long as you want," after one show hosted by Seth Rogen.[16]

Hader decided to leave SNL after eight seasons, informing cast and crew of his decision in February 2013. He came to the conclusion that he needed to leave when his then-wife and he were constantly having to travel to Los Angeles for work, which made it difficult for their children.[10] Working on the program had become difficult upon the birth of his first daughter, and even more so when his second child arrived.[11] His final episode was on May 18, 2013.[31] "It was a hard decision, but it has to happen at some point," he told reporters. "It got to a point where I said, 'Maybe it's just time to go.'"[32] On October 11, 2014, Hader returned as host with musical guest Hozier[33] and on March 17, 2018 with musical guest Arcade Fire.

Among the characters Hader played was Stefon, Weekend Update's flamboyant New York City correspondent, whose recommendations consist solely of bizarre nightclubs involving nightmarish characters. Stefon is in love with and married to Seth Meyers.[34][35] He was originally a one-shot character on a season-34 sketch where a screenwriter named David Zolesky (played by Ben Affleck) invites his estranged brother Stefon over to pitch a family-friendly sports drama about a college student who bonds with his grandfather so he can try out for the college football team.[36] He 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 Hader met who looks, speaks, and dresses like Stefon.[37]

Film roles

After his film debut You, Me and Dupree, Hader had a wide range of roles such as Katherine Heigl's character's editor at E! in Knocked Up,[38] the acid-taking mechanic Dave in Hot Rod alongside SNL castmate Andy Samberg,[39] a recumbent biker in The Brothers Solomon (which featured SNL castmate Will Forte in one of the film's co-leading roles) and, most famously, as Officer Slater in the Judd Apatow produced Superbad.[40] His role in Superbad helped boost his public awareness and allowed him to appear on mainstream programs like Total Request Live, The Tonight Show, and MTV's Video Music Awards.

In 2008, Hader appeared in two other Apatow projects: Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Pineapple Express. He also starred alongside Ben Stiller, Robert Downey, Jr. and Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder. Hader has teamed up with director Greg Mottola for three feature films: Superbad, Adventureland and Paul.

He made a small appearance in the 2009 film Year One with Jack Black and Michael Cera. Hader lent his voice to the critically acclaimed[41] 2009 Sony Pictures Animation film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, as well as its sequel, playing the lead role of Flint Lockwood as well as his invention in the films, the FLDSMDFR. He voiced a gazelle in Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. Hader appeared in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian as Major General George Armstrong Custer. In April 2009, Hader was a part of Vanity Fair's list of "Comedy's New Legends".[42]

He provided a voiceover in the 2010 film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. He portrayed "The Voice", the disembodied voice that pops up during certain moments of the film's video game-inspired fight scenes. He also had a small cameo as the voice of the USS Vengeance computer in 2013's Star Trek Into Darkness. Hader starred in a dramatic role in the 2014 film The Skeleton Twins, opposite Kristen Wiig, with whom he worked on Saturday Night Live. The film won for 'Best Screenplay' at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2015, Hader voiced the character of Fear in the critically acclaimed Disney-Pixar film, Inside Out, and was attached to voice a dinosaur in the Pixar film The Good Dinosaur. However, Hader, alongside John Lithgow, Lucas Neff, Neil Patrick Harris and Judy Greer, left the project after their characters were re-designed.[43]

Most recently, Hader had his first romantic-comedy leading man role opposite Amy Schumer in Trainwreck (2015) and as a former college boyfriend to Greta Gerwig's title character, Maggie's, now stable married best friend in Maggie's Plan (2015). Hader voiced Alpha 5 in the 2017 film version of Power Rangers.[44]

Hader will star in It: Chapter Two as the adult Richie Tozier in the upcoming sequel to the first It film, alongside Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy. The film is set to hit theaters September 2019.[45]

Other work

Hader has made several short films, including Back in the Day, Sounds Good to Me: Remastering the Sting, and The Jeannie Tate Show with SNL writer Liz Cackowski and then-wife Maggie Carey.

Hader has been a creative consultant and producer on South Park since the show's 12th season.[46] His involvement in the series stems from his friendship with Matt Stone; the two held a similar sense of humor and Hader began going on writers' retreats with the staff.[11] He began working on the program hoping to learn story structure.[22] Hader is among the series producers to win the 2009 Emmy Award for Best Animated Series.[18] He also appeared on the commentary recorded for the 2009 Blu-ray edition of South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut, and the Comedy Central special 6 Days to Air, a documentary filmed during production of the 2011 South Park episode "HumancentiPad." Hader rejoined the writing staff for South Park for its 17th season.[47] Hader won a 2008 Peabody Award in Political Satire for his participation in Saturday Night Live.[18] He has also been on the MTV show Punk'd. Hader voiced an array of different characters on the second season of the Adult Swim show Xavier: Renegade Angel.

Hader and SNL castmate Seth Meyers penned a Spider-Man one-off entitled The Short Halloween. It was illustrated by Kevin Maguire and came out May 29, 2009. It was given three and a half out of five stars by Benjamin Birdie of Comic Book Resources.[48]

Hader took on the voice role of Professor Impossible on the fourth season of The Venture Brothers, a part originated by Stephen Colbert. In the game Grand Theft Auto IV, he played Wilson Taylor, Sr., (on in-game radio show: Pacemaker). Hader appeared on Tim and Eric Awesome Show impersonating the recurring character James Quall on the episode "Jazz".

In July 2008, Hader starred in, and cowrote with Simon Rich, the web series The Line on Crackle.[49] Hader lent his voice to the audiobook of Sarah Vowell's The Wordy Shipmates. He voiced the Pod in the Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "IAMAPOD", as well as Hitler in the episode "Der Inflatable Fuhrer". Hader played Kevin, Matt Damon's copilot, in the live episode of 30 Rock, recorded October 14, 2010.

He hosted the 2011 and 2012 seasons of Essentials, Jr. on Turner Classic Movies. In the series premiere of The Mindy Project, he guest-starred as Mindy's ex-boyfriend. His character returned later in the first season. Hader voiced Dr. Malocchio in the original Hulu series The Awesomes.

In 2013, Hader replaced Robert Downey, Jr., as the voice of Mr. Peanut.[50] He has a severe peanut allergy.[51]

In 2015, Hader appeared in Brooklyn Nine-Nine as the captain of the 99th Precinct.[52] Also in 2015, Hader reunited with fellow SNL alumnus Fred Armisen for the IFC mockumentary series Documentary Now!, wherein he was an actor and a writer.

Drew McWeeny of HitFix reported in December 2015 that the voice of BB-8 was supplied by Hader and Ben Schwartz, both credited as "BB-8 vocal consultants" in the film. The voice was created by Abrams manipulating their voices through a talkbox, attached to an iPad running a sound-effects app.[53] Hader also voiced multiple characters in YouTube channel Bad Lip Reading's parodies of the Star Wars original trilogy.

In 2018, Hader created and began starring in the HBO series Barry, for which he received four Primetime Emmy Award nominations as producer, writer, director, and actor. He won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in September 2018.

Influences

Hader has stated that his comedy influences are Monty Python, Woody Allen, Alan Alda, Mel Brooks and Eddie Murphy.[13]

Personal life

In 2006, Hader married writer-director Maggie Carey.[54] They have three daughters together, born in October 2009,[55] July 2012,[55] and November 2014.[56] Hader and Carey announced their separation in 2017.[57] Hader filed for divorce in December 2017.[58] The uncontested divorce reached a settlement on March 1, 2018[59] and they were restored to single persons on June 23, 2018.[60]

Hader is an avid reader who has said, “I didn’t really go to college, which is probably why I enjoy reading the classics.” Works by Dostoevsky and Faulkner, as well as Richard Ford, Junichiro Tanizaki, and George Saunders are among the books on his shelves.[61] He has read War and Peace and Anna Karenina by Tolstoy.[62]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Jenny Clone Father Voice
Short film
Also producer
2006 You, Me and Dupree Mark
Doogal Sam the Soldier Voice
The Pity Card Eric Short film
2007 Knocked Up Brent
Hot Rod Dave
Superbad Officer Slater
The Brothers Solomon Recumbent Biker
Purple Violets Bookstore Fan Uncredited
2008 Pineapple Express Private Greg B. Miller
Tropic Thunder Rob Slolom
Forgetting Sarah Marshall Brian Bretter
2009 Adventureland Bobby
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian George Armstrong Custer
Year One The Shaman
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Gazelle Voice
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Flint Lockwood Voice
2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World The Voice Voice
2011 Paul Agent Haggard
Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil Hansel Voice
2012 Men in Black 3 Andy Warhol / Agent W
This is 40 Man at Store Uncredited
2013 Escape from Planet Earth Announcer Voice
Uncredited
Monsters University Referee, Slug Voices
Star Trek Into Darkness USS Vengeance Computer Voice
Turbo Guy Gagné Voice
The To Do List Willy Mclean Also executive producer
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Stuart
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Flint Lockwood Voice
Her Chat Room Friend #2 Voice
2014 The Skeleton Twins Milo
They Came Together Kyle
22 Jump Street Culinary School Villain Uncredited
2015 Accidental Love Doctor Turnstall
Trainwreck Aaron Conners
Inside Out Fear Voice
Also wrote additional dialogue
Maggie's Plan Tony
Riley's First Date? Fear, Jordan's Joy Voices
Short film
Star Wars: The Force Awakens N/A Vocal consultant for BB-8
2016 Sausage Party Firewater, Tequila, El Guaco Voices
The Angry Birds Movie Leonard / King Mudbeard Voice
The BFG The Bloodbottler[63] Motion capture
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Zippy
Finding Dory[64] Stan Voice
2017 Power Rangers[65] Alpha 5[66] Motion capture
2018 Ralph Breaks the Internet J.P. Spamley Voice
Uncredited
2019 Noelle Santa's Son Post-production
The Angry Birds Movie 2 Leonard / King Mudbeard Voice
In production
It – Chapter Two Richie Tozier[45] Post-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2005–2013,
2018
Saturday Night Live Various, Himself (host) 160 episodes
Also writer
2006 Late Night with Conan O'Brien Announcer / Vincent Price (voice) Episode: "The Skeleton Show"
2008–2017 Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday Various 7 episodes
Also writer
2008–present South Park Various Voices 8 episodes
Also writer and producer
2008 Human Giant Himself, Little Kevin 4 episodes
Tim and Eric Awesome Show James Quall Episode: "Jazz"
2009 Xavier: Renegade Angel Pavlov, Priest (voices) 2 episodes
2009–2010 Aqua Teen Hunger Force Der Inflatable Hitler, The Pod (voices) 2 episodes
2010 Ugly Americans William Dyer (voice) Episode: "An American Werewolf in America"
30 Rock Kevin Episode: "Live Show"
Freaknik: The Musical Tad (voice) Television film
2010–2013 The Venture Bros. Various Voices 7 episodes
2011 Funny or Die Presents Athletic Trainer 4 episodes
6 Days to Air: The Making of South Park Himself Documentary
2012–2014 Bob's Burgers Mickey, Big Bob (voices) 7 episodes
2012 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Tad McMilrthy Episode: "Comic-Con-Flict"
The Secret Policeman's Ball 2012 Julian Assange Television special
2012–2014 The Mindy Project Tom 5 episodes
2013 Portlandia Birdman Episode: "Blackout"
2013, 2018 The Simpsons Slava, Manacek (voices) 2 episodes
2013 The Office Himself Episode: "Finale"
Drunk History John Pemberton Episode: "Atlanta"
Comedy Central Roast of James Franco Himself / President of Hollywood Television special
Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself Episode: "Bill Hader Wears A Grey Button Down Shirt & Sneakers"
Clear History Rags Television film
Arcade Fire in Here Comes The Night Time Captain Bill Television special
2013–2015 The Awesomes Dr. Giuseppe Malocchio (voice) 22 episodes
2014 Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja Whoopee 2 (voice) Episode: "Whoopee 2: The Wrath of Whoopee 2"
2015 Man Seeking Woman Adolf Hitler Episode: "Lizard"
Inside Amy Schumer Cliffley Bennett / Doug Episode: "I'm Sorry"
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Captain Seth Dozerman Episode: "New Captain"
2015–present Documentary Now! Various 14 episodes
Also co-creator, writer and executive producer
2016 Silicon Valley Pipey (voice) Episode: "Daily Active Users"
2018–present Barry Barry Berkman / Barry Block Main cast
Also co-creator, director, writer and executive producer

Video games

Year Title Role
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV Wilson Taylor Sr.
2009 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian George Armstrong Custer
2014 South Park: The Stick of Truth Various

Music videos

Year Title Role Artist
1998 "Go Deep" Pizza Guy Janet Jackson
2009 "Like a Boss" Parking Lot Guy Lonely Island
2010 "Great Day" Guy with Kid Lonely Island

Awards and nominations

Primetime Emmy Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result
2009 Outstanding Animated Program South Park Won
2011 Nominated
2012 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Saturday Night Live Nominated
2013 Nominated
2014 Outstanding Animated Program South Park Nominated
2015 Nominated
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Saturday Night Live Nominated
2016 Outstanding Variety Sketch Series Documentary Now! Nominated
2017 Nominated
Outstanding Animated Program South Park Nominated
2018 Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Saturday Night Live Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Barry Won
Outstanding Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Nominated

Golden Globe Award

Year Category Nominated work Result
2019 Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy Barry Nominated

Screen Actors Guild Award

Year Category Nominated work Result
2019 Male Actor in a Comedy Series Barry Nominated
Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated

Guild Awards

Writers Guild Award

Year Category Nominated work Result
2017 Comedy/Variety - Sketch Series Documentary Now! Nominated
2019 Television: Comedy Series Barry Nominated
Television: Episodic Comedy Won
Television: New Series Won

Directors Guild Award

Year Category Nominated work Result
2019 Directing – Comedy Series Barry Won

Producers Guild Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result
2019 Best Episodic Comedy Barry Nominated

Critics Awards

Year Awards Category Nominated work Result
2009 Gotham Awards Best Ensemble Cast Adventureland Nominated
2014 Gotham Awards Best Actor The Skeleton Twins Nominated
Womens Film Critics Circle Award Best On-Screen Couple Won
2016 Critics Choice Television Awards Best Actor in a Comedy Series Documentary Now! Nominated
2018 IndieWire Honors Performance Award N/A Won
2019 Critics Choice Television Awards Best Actor in a Comedy Series Barry Won
AFI Awards AFI Television Programs of the Year Won

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Alec Berg

Alec Berg is an American comedy writer, best known as a writer for the sitcom Seinfeld and co-creator and executive producer of Barry with Bill Hader. He also co-wrote the screenplays for the films The Cat in the Hat, EuroTrip and The Dictator. In addition, Berg is an executive producer of Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm and has directed numerous episodes of it, and also an executive producer of Silicon Valley.In the Seinfeld episode "The Face Painter", Berg's name is given to an attorney friend of Jerry's who gives Jerry some New York Rangers playoff tickets. When Jerry fails to thank Berg's character for the tickets, Berg does not offer Jerry tickets for another game that week. In that episode, Jerry jokes that Berg has a great "John Houseman name", pronouncing it jokingly in Houseman's accent. Berg is of Swedish descent.

Barry (TV series)

Barry is an American dark comedy television series created by Alec Berg and Bill Hader that premiered on March 25, 2018, on HBO. It stars Hader as the eponymous lead character, a Midwestern hitman who travels to Los Angeles to kill someone and then finds himself joining an acting class taught by Henry Winkler's character.

The series has been met with a positive critical response, winning two Primetime Emmy Awards: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for Hader and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Winkler. On April 12, 2018, HBO renewed the series for a second season, which premiered on March 31, 2019. On April 10, 2019, HBO renewed the series for a third season.

Clear History

Clear History is a 2013 American comedy film written by Larry David, Alec Berg, David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer, directed by Greg Mottola and starring Larry David, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, Philip Baker Hall, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Eva Mendes, Amy Ryan, Bill Hader and J. B. Smoove. The film premiered on August 10, 2013, on HBO.

Documentary Now!

Documentary Now! is an American mockumentary television series, created by Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Seth Meyers, and Rhys Thomas, that premiered on August 20, 2015, on IFC. Armisen and Hader star in many episodes, and Thomas and Alex Buono co-direct most episodes. Hosted by Helen Mirren, the series spoofs celebrated documentary films by parodying the style of each documentary with a similar, but fictitious, subject. The third season premiered on February 20, 2019.

On April 8, 2019, the series was renewed for a fourth season.

It – Chapter Two

It: Chapter Two is an upcoming American supernatural horror film and the sequel to the 2017 film It. Both parts were adapted from the 1986 novel It by Stephen King. The film is produced by New Line Cinema, Vertigo Entertainment, and Rideback, and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. The second part is directed by Andy Muschietti and written by Gary Dauberman. Set in 2016, 27 years after the events of 1989 described in the first film, the film stars Bill Skarsgård, who reprises his role as Pennywise. It also stars James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Jay Ryan, Isaiah Mustafa, James Ransone, and Andy Bean, who portray the adult versions of The Losers Club, while Jaeden Lieberher, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Wyatt Oleff return from the first film as the younger Losers, respectively.

Talks for an It sequel began in February 2016, when Muschietti revealed the plan to get production underway for the sequel of It. By September 2017, New Line Cinema announced that the sequel would be released in September 2019, with Dauberman writing the script, and Muschietti expected to direct the film. Principal photography on the film began on June 19, 2018, at Pinewood Toronto Studios and on locations in and around Port Hope, Oshawa, and Toronto, Ontario, and wrapped on October 31, 2018.

The film is scheduled to be released on September 6, 2019.

List of South Park guest stars

South Park is an American animated television series created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone for the Comedy Central television network. Throughout the series, numerous celebrities have guest-starred in the following episodes.

List of recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches

The following is a list of recurring Saturday Night Live sketches, organized by the season and date in which the sketch first appeared.

For an alphabetical list, see Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches (listed alphabetically).

Maggie's Plan

Maggie's Plan is a 2015 American romantic comedy-drama film directed and written by Rebecca Miller, based on the original story by Karen Rinaldi. The film stars Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Travis Fimmel, Wallace Shawn, Ida Rohatyn, Monte Greene, and Julianne Moore.

The film had its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2015. Sony Pictures Classics released the film on May 20, 2016.

Maggie Carey

Maggie Carey (born c. 1975) is an American director, screenwriter, producer and actress. She has directed comedy shorts for television, and she wrote and directed the 2013 film The To Do List.

Noelle (2019 film)

Noelle is an upcoming American fantasy adventure Christmas comedy film directed and written by Marc Lawrence. The film stars Anna Kendrick as Noelle Claus, the daughter of Santa Claus. It also stars Bill Hader, Billy Eichner, Shirley MacLaine, and Julie Hagerty. The film will be produced by Walt Disney Pictures and released on Disney+.

Noelle is the fifth film directed by Marc Lawrence but it will be the first which did not star Hugh Grant.

Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches (listed alphabetically)

The following is a list of recurring Saturday Night Live sketches, organized alphabetically by title. The referenced date is the date when the sketch first appeared.

For a chronological list, see Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches.

Saturday Night Live TV show sketches

Saturday Night Live has long mocked the television medium with many fake commercials and parodies of TV shows themselves. Another of the show's frequently used styles of recurring sketches has been the talk show format (e.g. "The Brian Fellowes Show", "Barry Gibb Talk Show", etc.). However, anything from cop shows to children's shows has been fair game for the ever-changing cast.

Sketches with TV show themes are listed here chronologically by order of first appearance.

The Mr. Bill Show – February 28, 1976

Consumer Probe (Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtin, Candice Bergen) – December 11, 1976

E. Buzz Miller and Christie Christina (Dan Aykroyd, Laraine Newman) – January 22, 1977

Leonard Pinth-Garnell (Dan Aykroyd) – March 12, 1977

The Ex-Police (Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray) – October 15, 1977

Woman to Woman (Gilda Radner) – October 21, 1978

Telepsychic (Dan Aykroyd) – December 9, 1978

The Bel-Airabs (Don Novello, Bill Murray, Jane Curtin, Gilda Radner, Laraine Newman) – December 8, 1979

What's It All About (Gilbert Gottfried, Denny Dillon) – November 15, 1980

Mister Robinson's Neighborhood (Eddie Murphy) – February 21, 1981

Fernando's Hideaway (Billy Crystal) – November 3, 1984

The Limits of the Imagination (Randy Quaid) – November 9, 1985

The Pat Stevens Show (Nora Dunn) – November 16, 1985

The Church Lady (Dana Carvey) – October 11, 1986

Instant Coffee with Bill Smith (Kevin Nealon) – October 18, 1986

Miss Connie's Fable Nook (Jan Hooks, Dana Carvey, Dennis Miller, Kevin Nealon) – November 8, 1986

Pumping Up with Hans & Franz (Dana Carvey, Kevin Nealon) – October 17, 1987

Learning To Feel (Nora Dunn) – January 23, 1988

Wayne's World (Dana Carvey, Mike Myers) – February 18, 1989

Cooking with the Anal Retentive Chef (Phil Hartman) – April 1, 1989

Tales Of Ribaldry (Jon Lovitz) – April 1, 1989

Sprockets (Mike Myers) – April 15, 1989

Lank Thompson (Mike Myers) – October 21, 1989

The Dark Side with Nat X (Chris Rock, Chris Farley) – November 10, 1990

Simon (Mike Myers) – November 10, 1990

Daily Affirmation with Stuart Smalley (Al Franken) – February 9, 1991

Coffee Talk with Linda Richman (Mike Myers) – October 12, 1991

Theatre Stories (Mike Myers, Julia Sweeney, Dana Carvey) – December 14, 1991

Sassy's Sassiest Boys (Phil Hartman) – February 6, 1993

The Denise Show (Adam Sandler) – October 2, 1993

Good Morning Brooklyn (Jay Mohr) – November 12, 1994

Perspectives with Lionel Osbourne (Tim Meadows) – January 21, 1995

Scottish Soccer Hooligan Weekly (Mike Myers, Mark McKinney) – January 21, 1995

The Joe Pesci Show (Jim Breuer) – December 2, 1995

The Quiet Storm (Tim Meadows) – October 19, 1996

Shopping At Home Network (Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan) – November 16, 1996

Delicious Dish (Ana Gasteyer, Molly Shannon, Rachel Dratch, Alec Baldwin) – November 16, 1996

Celebrity Jeopardy! (Will Ferrell, Darrell Hammond, Norm Macdonald, and various others) – December 7, 1996

Goth Talk (Molly Shannon, Chris Kattan, Jim Breuer) – April 12, 1997

Leon Phelps, The Ladies Man (Tim Meadows) – October 4, 1997

Issues with Jeffrey Kaufman (Jim Breuer) – October 18, 1997

Morning Latte (Cheri Oteri, Will Ferrell) – October 25, 1997

Pretty Living (Molly Shannon, Ana Gasteyer) – March 14, 1998

Hello Dolly (Ana Gasteyer) – October 3, 1998

The How Do You Say? Ah, Yes, Show (Chris Kattan, Jimmy Fallon) – October 17, 1998

Dog Show (Will Ferrell, Molly Shannon) – December 5, 1998

Pimp Chat (Tracy Morgan, Tim Meadows) – December 5, 1998

Jarret's Room (Jimmy Fallon, Horatio Sanz) – December 16, 2000

Wake Up Wakefield! (Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Jimmy Fallon, Horatio Sanz) – March 17, 2001

America Undercover (Chris Kattan, Amy Poehler) – November 3, 2001

The Ferey Muhtar Talk Show (Horatio Sanz) – March 16, 2002

Top O' the Morning (Seth Meyers, Jimmy Fallon) – October 19, 2002

Pranksters (Seth Meyers) – February 22, 2003

Spy Glass (Amy Poehler, Seth Meyers) – November 1, 2003

Appalachian Emergency Room (Seth Meyers, Chris Parnell, and various others) – January 10, 2004

The Prince Show (Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph) – February 14, 2004

¡Show Biz Grande Explosion! (Fred Armisen as Fericito (see 2002–2003), Horatio Sanz) – March 6, 2004

Vincent Price's Holiday Special (Bill Hader) – November 19, 2005

Deep House Dish (Kenan Thompson, Rachel Dratch, Andy Samberg) – November 19, 2005

The Dakota Fanning Show (Amy Poehler) – February 3, 2007

Dateline (Bill Hader) – November 22, 2008

Saturday Night Live characters appearing on Weekend Update

Weekend Update has been a platform for Saturday Night Live characters to grow and gain popularity ever since Gilda Radner used it to create Emily Litella and Roseanne Roseannadanna. Many cast members have used Update as the primary vehicle for a certain character. Don Novello was featured almost exclusively on the news segment as his breakout character, Father Guido Sarducci, and Tim Kazurinsky, in the face of Eddie Murphy's overshadowing popularity, created characters almost exclusively for Update. Before becoming an anchor on Update, Colin Quinn used the segment as his main sounding board as well.

Significant characters who appeared chiefly on Weekend Update are listed here in chronological order of their first appearance.

Emily Litella (Gilda Radner) – November 15, 1975

Roseanne Roseannadanna (Gilda Radner) – January 21, 1978 (first overall appearance was in a fake commercial called "Hire the Incompetent" which aired on the season 3 episode hosted by Charles Grodin)

Lester Crackfield (Al Franken) – February 18, 1978

Father Guido Sarducci (Don Novello) – May 13, 1978

Chico Escuela (Garrett Morris) – November 11, 1978

Big Vic Ricker (Harry Shearer) – January 26, 1980

Dr. Jack Badofsky (Tim Kazurinsky) – March 20, 1982

Siobhan Cahill (Mary Gross) – January 22, 1983

Dwight MacNamara (Gary Kroeger) – November 12, 1983

Worthington Clotman (Tim Kazurinsky) – January 28, 1984

Wayne Huevos (Tim Kazurinsky) – February 18, 1984

Lew Goldman (Billy Crystal) – October 13, 1984

Buddy Young, Jr. (Billy Crystal) – October 20, 1984

Nathan Thurm (Martin Short) – November 17, 1984

Tommy Flanagan, the Pathological Liar (Jon Lovitz) – November 16, 1985

Babette (Nora Dunn) – April 19, 1986

Mr. Subliminal (Kevin Nealon) – October 11, 1986

A Grumpy Old Man (Dana Carvey) – February 11, 1989

Annoying Man (Jon Lovitz) – November 11, 1989

Queen Shenequa (Ellen Cleghorne) – October 26, 1991

Jan Brady (Melanie Hutsell) – January 11, 1992

Cajun Man (Adam Sandler) – February 8, 1992

Buster Jenkins (Chris Rock) – February 15, 1992

Opera Man (Adam Sandler) – April 18, 1992

Hank Fielding (Robert Smigel) – November 14, 1992

Bennett Brauer (Chris Farley) – April 10, 1993

The British Fops (Mark McKinney, David Koechner) – November 11, 1995

Joe Blow (Colin Quinn) – November 18, 1995

Gary Macdonald (David Koechner) – December 2, 1995

Lenny The Lion (Colin Quinn) – December 9, 1995

Cinder Calhoun (Ana Gasteyer) – November 23, 1996

Dominican Lou (Tracy Morgan) – March 22, 1997

Gunner Olsen (Jim Breuer) – March 7, 1998

Jacob Silj (Will Ferrell) – December 4, 1999

Jasper Hahn (Horatio Sanz) – January 8, 2000

Jeannie Darcy (Molly Shannon) – November 18, 2000

Gay Hitler (Chris Kattan) – October 13, 2001

Drunk Girl (Jeff Richards) – December 8, 2001

Fericito (Fred Armisen) – October 5, 2002

Tim Calhoun (Will Forte) – October 19, 2002

The Kelly Brothers (Fred Armisen, Will Forte) – February 8, 2003

Billy Smith (Fred Armisen) – October 18, 2003

Jorge Rodriguez (Horatio Sanz) – May 1, 2004

Jon Bovi (Will Forte, Jason Sudeikis) – October 7, 2006

Two Gay Guys from Jersey (Fred Armisen, Bill Hader) – October 28, 2006

Aunt Linda (Kristen Wiig) – December 2, 2006

Nicholas Fehn (Fred Armisen) – October 13, 2007

Roger A. Trevanti (Fred Armisen) – November 3, 2007 (was a one-shot character that gained a following on YouTube videos during the 2007–2008 Writers' Guild of America strike)

Judy Grimes (Kristen Wiig) – April 12, 2008

Jean K. Jean (Kenan Thompson) – March 8, 2008

Garth and Kat (Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig) – December 19, 2009

Stefon (Bill Hader) – April 24, 2010 (first overall appearance was in a one-shot sketch on the season 34 episode hosted by Ben Affleck)

Anthony Crispino (Bobby Moynihan) – October 2, 2010

Drunk Uncle (Bobby Moynihan)

Best Friends from Growing Up (Fred Armisen and Vanessa Bayer)

The Girl You Wish You Never Started a Conversation With (Cecily Strong)

One-Dimensional Female Character In a Male-Driven Comedy (Cecily Strong)

Saturday Night Live in the 2000s

Saturday Night Live in the 2000s is a two-hour documentary television special that showcases the years of Saturday Night Live from 2000–2009. It features interviews with the cast and crew from those years, and aired on NBC on April 15, 2010.

Topics discussed include Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey as the new Weekend Update anchors after the departure of Colin Quinn, how SNL became popular for its spoofs on the 2000 United States presidential election, how the show's humor survived the 9/11 attacks and the anthrax scare, Will Ferrell's departure at the end of season 27 and the search for a replacement cast member to play George W. Bush, SNL's shaky years between seasons 28 and 30 due to Jimmy Fallon's and Horatio Sanz's cracking up on camera, Jimmy Fallon's departure from the show, Amy Poehler teaming up with Tina Fey for Weekend Update, the hiring of Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, and Kristen Wiig, and SNL regaining its popularity with the Digital Shorts, and fan-favorite host Justin Timberlake.

Fred Armisen, Alec Baldwin, Rachel Dratch, Abby Elliott, Jimmy Fallon, Steve Higgins, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Will Forte, Bill Hader, Darrell Hammond, Chris Kattan, Marci Klein, John McCain, Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels, Tracy Morgan, Bobby Moynihan, Chris Parnell, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Andy Samberg, Horatio Sanz, Akiva Schaffer, Molly Shannon, Michael Shoemaker, Jason Sudeikis, Jorma Taccone, Kenan Thompson, Justin Timberlake, Christopher Walken and Kristen Wiig provided comments for the special.

Stefon

Stefon Meyers (né Zolesky), simply referred to as Stefon, is a character played by Bill Hader on Saturday Night Live who appeared as the New York City correspondent for Weekend Update with Seth Meyers, created by Hader and former SNL writer John Mulaney. Meyers introduced Stefon as a guide who knows all about New York and asks him for tips on essential destinations and events for visitors. Stefon recommends unusual clubs and parties with bizarre characters and very specific tastes, described as "visions a dying gay man would have if he was under too many blankets," "nightmares of a crystal meth addict," or a "coked-up gay Candyland."

Superbad (film)

Superbad is a 2007 American coming-of-age teen comedy film directed by Greg Mottola and produced by Judd Apatow. The film stars Jonah Hill and Michael Cera as Seth and Evan, two teenagers about to graduate high school. Before graduating, the boys want to party and lose their virginity, however their plan proves harder than expected. Written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the script began development when they were 13 years old, and was loosely based on their experience in Grade 12 in Vancouver during the 1990s; the main characters have the same given names as the two writers. Rogen was also initially intended to play Seth, but due to age and physical size this was changed, and Hill went on to portray Seth, while Rogen portrayed the irresponsible Officer Michaels, opposite former Saturday Night Live star Bill Hader as Officer Slater.

The film received favorable reviews, with critics praising the dialogue and the chemistry between the three leads. The film also proved financially successful, grossing $169 million on a $20 million budget.

The Skeleton Twins

The Skeleton Twins is a 2014 American comedy-drama film directed by Craig Johnson and starring Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig. The film premiered in competition at 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 18, 2014. It won the Screenwriting Award: U.S. Dramatic at the festival. Wiig and Hader play twins in the film. The film received positive reviews; critics praised Johnson's direction and the performances of Hader and Wiig.

The To Do List

The To Do List is a 2013 American romantic comedy film released on July 26, 2013. Written and directed by Maggie Carey in her feature film directorial debut, the film stars Aubrey Plaza, Johnny Simmons, Bill Hader, Scott Porter, Alia Shawkat, Sarah Steele and Rachel Bilson. The film is about a recent high school graduate (Plaza), who feels she needs to have more sexual experiences before she starts college.

Trainwreck (film)

Trainwreck is a 2015 American romantic comedy film directed by Judd Apatow and written by Amy Schumer. The film stars Schumer and Bill Hader along with an ensemble cast that includes Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, John Cena, Vanessa Bayer, Tilda Swinton, Ezra Miller, and LeBron James. The film is about a hard-drinking, free-spirited young magazine writer named Amy Townsend (Schumer) who has her first serious relationship with a prominent sports doctor named Aaron Conners (Hader).

Principal photography began on May 19, 2014, in New York City. The film premiered at the 2015 South by Southwest Film Festival on March 15, 2015, and was released theatrically in the United States on July 17, 2015, by Universal Pictures. The film won several awards and was nominated for numerous others, including two Golden Globe Awards (Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy) and the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Awards for Bill Hader

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