Bill Hader Says Goodbye To SNL With The Best Stefon Sketch Ever
This weekend’s Saturday Night Live marked the last cast appearance of Bill Hader, the man who assumed the “glue” role by holding the show together with whatever performance was needed, be it spot on impersonations, smarmy hosts, background normal guys, or crazy characters. By far, his most memorable creation was Stefon, who got a send-off befitting New York’s premiere city correspondent.
Stefon finally gets fed up with Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers rejecting his suggestions for tourist activities. Stefon says he’s found someone else, and marches off:
It has everything: human traffic cones, black George Washington, Hobo Robo Cops, Smurfs, graduating afro guys, Alf, obese angels, Anderson Cooper, elderly lifeguards, transvestite football players, Furkels (fat Urkels), gremlins, Chef Wario, a mustache guy in a lace dress, Jewish vampires, a screaming Geisha woman, a girl celebrating Hannukah, and of course, Ben Affleck.
In short, it’s amazing. It’s the hottest place in NYC.
(At the end, Ben Affleck shouts out “Bro” to Stefon, a reference to the weird fact that Affleck appeared in the very first Stefon sketch, playing Stefon’s brother in a terrible Hollywood pitch meeting. It just goes to show that sometimes a great idea needs to find the right place and time.)
Meyers will depart as head writer and Weekend Update anchor sometime soon to take over for Jimmy Fallon at Late Night; and Fred Armisen and Jason Sudekis are rumored to be leaving too.
What were your favorite Stefon moments? How do you think SNL will do without the departing cast members?