Bill Hader has been a cast member of Saturday Night Live for several years, and has become known for his impressions, from Vincent Price and Alan Alda to Al Pacino.
His last appearance on The Sound was in 2007, shortly before his appearances in a spate of movies including Superbad, Knocked Up, Tropic Thunder, Hot Rod, and Adventureland.
His newest role is in the film Paul, a sci-fi comedy about two English comic book nerds touring alien sites in the American Southwest. Hader plays an FBI agent who becomes involved in tracking the nerds after they pick up a stray alien. The film comes out March 18th.
JESSE THORN: It’s The Sound of Young America, I’m Jesse Thorn. My guest on the program, Bill Hader, has been a cast member of Saturday Night Live for quite a number of years now; he’s also managed to worm his way into some of the best comedy films of the past ten years, including movies like Tropic Thunder and Superbad, among many others. He’s now featured in the new film, Paul, which is just about to hit theaters, and of course, he’s in the current season of Saturday Night Live. Bill, welcome back to The Sound of Young America.
BILL HADER: Thanks for having me, man.
Saturday Night Live writer Ryan Perez joins Jesse and Jordan to talk about a missing parrot, unfairly maligned films and more.
What is the worst lyric in a song you actually like?
What films did you love that were unfairly maligned?
I tend not to watch episodes of Saturday Night Live that aren't hosted by funny people, so if I hadn't read this list on Best Week Ever I might never have seen this sketch, called Potato Chip. Blake Lively is not especially funny, but oh man are Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis funny. I'm not going to say that this is the new Tales of Fraud and Malfeasance in Railroad Hiring Practices, but it's right up there with the crazy-ass wedding speech sketch with Hugh Laurie for greatest thing that's happened lately.
Also: Stefon. I literally have tears forming at the corner of my eyes, and I watched this alone at my computer at 4 in the afternoon.
Julie Klausner has written for Saturday Night Live and Best Week Ever with Paul F. Tompkins. Her new book is a dating memoir called "I Don't Care About Your Band: What I Learned from Indie Rockers, Trust Funders, Pornographers, Felons, Faux-Sensitive Hipsters, and Other Guys I've Dated." It chronicles her struggles dating man-children of all ages.