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Bill Hader's last SNL this weekend, 5/18


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Bill Hader, TCM Essentials, Jr. host and one of this year's TCM Film Festival hosts, is leaving the cast of Saturday Night Live, and this Saturday night will be his farewell show. I loved when he would play intense hosts of TV gameshows, as well as for his impression of James Carville and others.

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> {quote:title=filmlover wrote:}{quote}Bill Hader, TCM Essentials, Jr. host and one of this year's TCM Film Festival hosts, is leaving the cast of Saturday Night Live, and this Saturday night will be his farewell show. I loved when he would play intense hosts of TV gameshows, as well as for his impression of James Carville and others.

 

It's likely the last SNL episode for Jason Sudeikis and Fred Armisen, too. Apparently, Sudeikis wanted to leave after the 2011-2012 season, but he was persuaded to stay on because of the 2012 presidential election. Sudeikis frequently portrayed Mitt Romney and Joe Biden on the late-night comedy series.

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So if Hader, Armissen and Sudakis leave, the features playes will be possibly bumped up to regular players. That would give the show five females cast members, plus maybe more if another actress is hired as a feature player. That would give the show a more female bent, which is seems to be going this season, (yeah thay makes sense.)

 

Keenan Thompson has been there ten years, I wonder if he's is leaving to? (is Good Burger 2 in the works?)

 

Seth Meyers is going to replace Jimmy Fallon in 2014, who is leaving his show to replace Jay Leno. So I guess he has one more season, (giving him 13 one short of the record held by Darrel Hammond - 1995/2009.)

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Addison, I'm afraid I don't "get" your post.

Are you saying that anyone who's been on the show Saturday Night Live for ten years has hit rock bottom, their career must be in the depths, etc.?

 

I would definitely not say that about any of the comedians mentioned here. Since you refer to another poster's quote mentioning Keenan Thompson, I'll just speak up for him.

 

Keenan Thompson is absolutely hilarious, whenever I see him appear on the show, I wake up and pay attention. He is one funny guy. I love his "What Up with That?" schtick, and wish he'd do it more often. If he leaves SNL, along with the others mentioned here, the show will have a lot of rebuilding to do.

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As for Bill Hader, I am very sorry to see him go. He's one of the funniest SNL guys ever. He's a talented mimic, with one of those sort of elastic faces that can do anything from ultra poe-faced to scary (in a funny way) to effete (Stefan) to outraged politician, to regular guy.

Anyone remember his Vincent Price Spooky Night Specials? God, they were funny.

 

I'll have to tune in to TCM's Kids' Series, just to see him. Although I doubt he does any of his funny guy stuff when he's hosting that.

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Everytime anywhere somewhere mentions SNL online the comments sections has someone trashing it. To me it has always been hit or miss. However, I always felt that the show somewhat takes a nosedive after Weekend Update. To me there last really bad year was 94/95.

 

I really liked those Vincent Price specials, Especially when Judy Garland showed up and could not feel her hands. One of them had Marylin Monroe doing an ad for Asbestos, (Asbestos, it's as bestus as it can be.) Abby Elliot played her. I think I'm the only person who misses her, (she's really cute, check out her Maxim spread. She also dated Fred Armisen.)

 

My favorite two sketches in the last twenty years were Claire Danes as a very dysfunctional Tinkerbell, (she has a knife) and Ladysmith Black Mombazzo In Outer Space, (a parody of Josie And The Pussycats In Outer Space.)

 

Now does anyone want to talk about the Simpsons?, (I'll get back to TCM someday.)

 

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> {quote:title=sfpcc1 wrote:}{quote}Everytime anywhere somewhere mentions SNL online the comments sections has someone trashing it. To me it has always been hit or miss. However, I always felt that the show somewhat takes a nosedive after Weekend Update. To me there last really bad year was 94/95.

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One of my favorite sketches in the last few years didn't have Hader in it, but it did take on Disney princesses.

 

 

 

My favorite performer on SNL now is Nasim Pedrad (she is Jasmine in the linked sketch). She's adorable and can play characters of any age, with great impersonations of Kim Kardashian and Arianna Huffington. To me, the weakest person in the cast is Vanessa Bayer.

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Agreed. One thing I have also noticed is how completely confident she comes across with her eyes and that smile. Have you noticed she has lost a little weight over the last several months and now looks perfect? She also makes me laugh for more than any of the others.

 

I looked up her bio and I discovered she did some of her early comedy training at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, which is on my block here. I kick myself for not knowing her talent was getting its start right around the corner from where I live. But that's the way it is, isn't it? You never know when someone is unknown that they will become a star.

 

I also hope they keep Cecily Strong on next year. She does some very funny characters on the show, especially The Girl At The Party You Wish You Hadn't Started A Conversation With.

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Did anyone see the SNL season finale? Stefan had a really great send off. He almost marries Anderson Cooper but Seth Meyers stops the weding. Also we got to see Furkle (Fat Urkle), DJ Baby Bok Choi, and some others of the folks he goes clubing with.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fred Armisen also had a really good farewell. He sang I've Had A Really Good Night with his alter ego band Ian Rubbish And The Bizzaros. His Portlandia co star Carrie Brownstein joined in.

 

Edited by: sfpcc1 on May 19, 2013 12:19 PM

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Yes, it was a good "send-off" evening fro Bill and Fred.

 

Did you notice that Seth's desperate rush to save Stefan from marrying Anderson Cooper paid homage to *The Graduate* ? I half expected the two of them to run onto a bus !

 

Hard to imagine SNL without those two. They were both genuine comedians - the kind who make you laugh just by looking at whatever facial expression they've assumed for whatever character they're playing.

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There was a funny sketch around 12:37. Vanessa Bayer And Kate Mckinnon played airhead, somehwat montone former porn stars trying to prove they can sell Hermes Handbags. The following skit about ex cops trying to give a speech at a picnic wasn't as good, (again the show has always been hit and miss.)

 

 

 

 

 

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The ex-porn stars gag has been used before, once for jewellry or something. And it wasn't Kate McKinnon, it was Cecily Strong. And she is the one who usually gets the funny line when both say what it is they really want.

 

The rest of the show had really poor comedy sketches this time. It's almost like they grabbed all of the stuff they hadn't thought was good enough for the whole season. I was quite disappointed. Though the Stefon sketch taking off "The Graduate" was okay.

 

I'd have liked for the farewell to the Armisen and Hader to have been better. Kristen Wiig got a much better, more emotional farewell last year.

 

Nasim Pedrad may be leaving, too. She is the female lead in a new comedy pilot that Lorne Michaels is co-producing.

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I heard that Bill Hader requested that they not make a fuss around his leaving. Not sure if Fred Armisen did the same.

I wish Hader had not made such a request; I don't know if he is embarrassed by a show of emotion, or what, but in a way, it's not just about him, it's about his fans (and he has many, as does Armisen) wanting to feel there was some kind of "goodbye" to these wonderful funny guiys.

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