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Bill Hader is leaving ‘Saturday Night Live’

Bill Hader is leaving ‘Saturday Night Live’
May 14, 2013 JEREMY FEIST

Bill Hader

After making a name for himself as one of the best impressionist / character actors in their current line-up, Bill Hader is reportedly ending his tenure at SNL. I don’t actually have a joke here, I’m just going to sad-eat a carton of ice cream and watch re-runs from the mid-oughts now. Via NY Times

“It was a hard decision, but it has to happen at some point,” Mr. Hader said in an interview. “It got to a point where I said, ‘Maybe it’s just time to go.’ ” Mr. Hader, 34, joined “SNL” as a featured performer in the fall of 2005 and was promoted to a full cast member the following year. He quickly became known for his offbeat celebrity impersonations as well as portrayals of original characters like Stefon, a breathless aficionado of obscure New York nightclubs, and Vinny Vedecci, an Italian talk-show host.

Just a quick little thing here: To everyone on Twitter saying something akin to “Oh no, Stefon’s not on SNL anymore? Now who will tell me all the hottest nightclubs in New York? WAKKA WAKKA.” That’s not a joke. That’s the basis of his character. You can’t just write that verbatim and expect that to somehow magically turn into comedy. You desecrate his memory just by saying that. HANG YOUR HEAD IN COMEDIC SHAME.

Jeremy Feist is an (ahem) entertainer from Toronto, Canada. He writes, acts, and performs on stage, and has been a writer for Popbytes for almost three years now. He lives in Toronto with his boyfriend, his incredibly dumb but cute puppy, and his immortal cat.