Interview: Bill Hader

Bill Hader Is there a reason why you haven’t hopped on the social media bandwagon?

Hader: Believe it or not, I’m a very private person. [laughs] It’s not so much a private thing, it’s just I don’t know what I’d say, I don’t know what to do. Maybe if I wasn’t on television and maybe if I was doing the same thing I was doing in 2004 when I was an assistant editor at night, so during the day I could write comedy with friends and then on the weekends break away from my job to go do little sets here and there with my comedy group, maybe I would go on Twitter to use it as an advertising thing. But I am not the kind of person to use it. When I sit down to do a mass e-mail that just says “Merry Christmas” I pore over it for hours: “Is that funny? Is that a funny joke? Hey, do you get that joke?” I can’t be a person that fires off tweets; I’m just not built that way. You’ve worked with a lot of big names in comedy on Saturday Night Live. Has there been anyone in particular that was just incredible?

Hader: Jon Hamm is a lot of fun, he gets it, and when Will Ferrell came it was just fun at the table read to watch. Steve Martin, obviously. But I have to tell you about this. It isn’t really about working with anybody, but I had a really cool moment. My mom came to the show; she’s from Oklahoma and coming was crazy for her in itself. Then Martin Short came up and gave me this really nice compliment. He said, “You’re really good on the show!” Which kind of blew my mind and my mom couldn’t believe it.

The other thing was when we did a Laser Cats bit with Steven Spielberg. Growing up, Steven Spielberg was my hero. I wanted to be a filmmaker and he was a huge inspiration in my life so getting to meet him and getting to be in a scene with him was…Usually those are the kind of things that you try to play it cool, but I was like, “Screw this, I’m going to be a full-on dork. This is the only time I’m ever going to get to hang with him.” And Andy Samberg was like, “Bill, I’m not going to say a word. I’m just going to set you up so you can do your thing.” I was flipping out. So [in between takes] Spielberg and Andy let me ask him every question possible. He was the nicest guy but I’m sure he was like, “I gotta get out of here, this guy is hounding me!”

In all honesty, it’s not so much working with the big names that’s crazy, but it’s what happens on the show. I got to play the bass in a sketch where Fred Armisen and Dave Grohl were in a band called Crisis of Conformity. So I got to play the bass, which I can’t do at all, and have my moment and Dave Grohl was on drums. So that was [one of] the coolest things I’ve ever got to do in my life.

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