One of my favorite SNL members of all time, Bill Hader, received a 2012 Emmy Nomination for Best Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series. In light of this news, I thought I’d do a write up of what I feel is Mr. Hader’s top 10 SNL characters of all time.
10.) Brady Trunk.
This character has some of the funniest facial features. Bill and Kristen Wiig play off of each other so well in their Hollywood Dish sketches. One of the funniest ones was when Scarlett Johansson was hosting. You know a bit is funny when the cast is even laughing.
9.) Lyle Round
As host of Secret Word, Bill rocks his 1960s game-show host voice and sounds hilarious. The sketch generally opened with Lyle saying a joke which was insulting his wife. While he wasn’t the focal point of the sketch, he is still awesome.
8.) Dwayne Vogelcheck.
This character doesn’t rock any voices or facial features but Bill always goes all in for the kisses.
7.) Eliot Spitzer
Anyone who watches SNL knows Bill does some awesome impressions. His ability to change his voice to something low pitched like Eliot Spitzer or extremely high pitched like Gizmo is just uncanny. His Eliot Spitzer always puts a smile on my face.
6.) Prince Phillip
Speaking of great impressions, one of my favorites was his cockney-version of Prince Phillip. He nails the accent, lingo and everything.
5.) Keith Morrison
In the few sketches, Bill did an impression of Keith Morrison. This impression always makes me laugh. With his Oh’s and Ah’s and wide eyes, it constantly cracks me up.
4.) Herb Welch
One of Bill’s characters is a 58-year senile, on-the-scene news reporter for WXPD News New York. While the bit is generally the same (microphone hits to the face, fighting with anchorman and fake death at the end) it’s still a funny sketch to watch.
3.) Vinny Vedecci
The Italian, chain-smoking talk-show host is great. Not only does Hader speak Italian, he also does an over the top accent that is excellent.
2.) Greg the Alien
The Game Time sketches are awesome. Hands down, the best one was when Dwayne Johnson was hosting. Bill’s alien screams are so funny. I am also a bit biased as York, PA gets a bit of a shoutout in the sketch below.
Of course the most popular is Stefon, Weekend Update’s New York City Correspondent. Every time he is on, the crowd goes ape shit. When you either want to find the hottest clubs or just a family fun spot in NY, Stefon is your man.
Last season was Kristen Wiig’s last season and Andy Samberg announced he was leaving the show as well. I can only assume Hader will return as I haven’t heard anything about him leaving (yet). Him and Fred Armisen will be the reason I still check it out. Bill’s been on the show for seven seasons. I really hope he wins this Emmy as he is the first male SNL cast member to receive this nomination since Eddie Murphy. Congrats and good Luck Mr. Hader.