Saturday Night Live Gives Bill Hader (And Stefon) A Fond Farewell

What do you get when you combine a wedding, Anderson Cooper, DJ Baby Bok Choy, Amy Poehler and “Dean Cain’s List of Homeboys You Don’t Mess With?” You get Saturday Night Live’s fond farewell to Bill Hader and the closure on Stefon’s long-standing flirtation with Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers. 

Expectations were high for last night’s Saturday Night Live season finale. Ben Affleck was hosting for the fifth time and Kanye West was scheduled to debut his new singles. However, the night belonged to SNL favorite Bill Hader who had announced that last night’s show would be his last only this past week.

Over the years, Hader has performed in dozens of hilarious sketches (from “Vincent Price’s Halloween specials” to “Al Pacino Calls Wells Fargo”), but his most beloved character has got to be Stefon.

Stefon first appeared in a sketch with last night’s host, Ben Affleck, where Affleck was playing Stefon’s brother. The sketch wasn’t particularly memorable, but when Hader and SNL writer John Mulaney re-envisioned Stefon as a Weekend Update correspondent, they created one of the show’s most popular characters of all time.

For Stefon’s send off, we not only got one final Weekend Update piece from him, but we also got to see him and Seth Meyers united in a bizarre scene that recalled the ending of The Graduate and finally assembled all of Stefon’s party-going pals in one place. Oh, and Anderson Cooper was also there.

However, Bill Hader wasn’t the only one saying goodbye to Saturday Night Live last night. It was also Jason Sudeikis’s and Fred Armisen’s last show. The three–along with a few special friends–ended the night with a swan song performance of “It’s A Lovely Day.”

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