On Saturday, Bill Hader made an appearance on “Saturday Night Live” and his legendary character Stefon paid a visit to Weekend Update for the first time since Hader left the show. The segment’s “city correspondent” hasn’t changed a bit — and that’s how we like it. Watch him do us all a public service by delivering the latest news about the city’s hottest clubs while attempting to stifle his own laughter. [HuffPost]
There’s a Stefon-sized hole in my heart that will never be filled. And when Bill Hader visited “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” the two former “Saturday Night Live” co-stars made clear they are every bit as emotional about Stefon as the rest of us. Filming the last-ever Stefon sketch, when he leaves Anderson Cooper at the altar and runs off with Seth, made both of these guys cry. Aw, I get choked up just thinking about it.
There is nothing funny about the plight of China’s high tech workers. Employees who make iPhones and other tech devices for exportation overseas work long hours in difficult conditions with little compensation. Times reporter Dan Levin’s article, “The Demanding Off-Hour Escapes of China’s High-Tech Workers,” explores how these workers deal with their stresses and blow off steam. Not a particularly humorous subject, really.
Levin’s article opens with a description — noticed by an editor at Think Progress — that perfectly mimics one of “Saturday Night Live” character Stefon’s famous night club reviews:
“The hottest nightclub in this factory town is a neon-encrusted dive down the road from the industrial park where iPhones are made 24 hours a day. Tucked behind an open construction site, “Through the Summer,” as the nightspot is known, had it all on a recent Saturday night — plastic whistles, fruit plates, a toddler with a mohawk, counterfeit light sabers and a bawdy comedian who imbibed beer through his nose.”
We’re not sure if The New York Times was in on the joke (probs not, considering they believe women wear dresses is a wild breaking trend), or even if Dan Levin knew what he was doing, but either way, bravo! [New York Times via Huffington Post]
Oh, Stefon, how we have missed you so! The “Saturday Night Live” skit featuring Bill Hader cracking up at his own jokes actually managed to top itself this week. I cannot even tell you the major snorts I snorted after hearing Stefon’s impression of “Donald Duck waking up from a Vietnam dream.” Also, maybe the best line ever? “This place has everything: shutes, ladders, the outdoor concert from a Zoloft commercial.” Indeed! [Hulu]
Get a look at the holiday card sent out to some lucky recipients from the cast and crew of “Saturday Night Live” — it’s Norman Rockwell meets Stefon, “Weekend Update”‘s resident club kid! Seeing this gave me the gentle push I needed to spend 30 minutes watching Stefon skits on Hulu (four of which are above). Thanks, NBC!