Bill Hader’s ‘Stefon’ Makes His Grandiose Return to ‘SNL’
Of the many iconic Saturday Night Live characters—Debbie Downer, Mary Katherine Gallagher and the Roxbury guys to name a few—Bill Hader’s Stefon always made a lasting impression. So imagine our delight when Stefon and his expertly coiffed hair made their triumphant return to SNL this past Saturday.
The last time Stefon appeared on the hit NBC show was almost five years ago, but it seemed fitting for the “Weekend Update” city correspondent to return to his post to give viewers the skinny on the hottest St. Paddy’s Day clubs.
If you’re looking for kale chips, TED Talks, leprechauns that look like Farrah Fawcett (“Farrah-chauns”) and a truly inventive Billy Joel-inspired party game, look no further than Stefon’s very niche suggestions.
When hosts Colin Jost (aka Scarlett Johansson’s beau) and Michael Che prompt Stefon for some more, um, conventional holiday plan ideas, he needs to consult with his leather-shirted lawyer/conceptual artist friend Shy, played by comedian and former SNL writer John Mulaney.
Hader first portrayed the Ed Hardy-wearing club enthusiast in 2008, and retired the character when he left SNL on May 18, 2013. Mulaney’s guest appearance in the skit is an homage to Stefon’s roots. Mulaney has said he often surprised Hader by rewriting lines and trying to get him to break character when they were both still on the show.
Consensus: This club skit has everything.