Stefon Returned To 'SNL's "Weekend Update" & Twitter Was So Excited To See Bill Hader's Hilarious Character Again — VIDEO
Actor Bill Hader hosted Saturday Night Live on March 17 and the episode had everything: celebrity impressions, St. Patrick's Day jokes, and Stefon returned to SNL's "Weekend Update." Fans on Twitter were so excited to see Hader's famous character return with his always hilarious tips for where to go out in New York City. Stefon also brought a friend: comedian John Mulaney, a former SNL writer who co-created Stefon with Hader.
Stefon returned to the "Weekend Update" desk and received uproarious applause and cheers from the audience. He reacted with his trademark move of gasping into his clasped hands around his mouth and nose — which usually hides Hader's laughter when delivering Stefon's funny nightlife tips. Hader broke character several times, but the audience laughed along with him as he dished about which new hot clubs viewers should hit up for St. Patrick's Day. Stefon's first recommendation: "Gayish inspired by true events," which is a former two-time CVS and Citibank that features kale chips and Roman J. Israel, Esq. (from the Denzel Washington movie of the same name). At one point, Stefon even addressed "Weekend Update" hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost as Moonlight and La La Land.
Jost and Che asked Stefon for a more Irish-themed destination for the holiday and they were not disappointed with Stefon's next recommendation: "Off to Church, Mother!" It's located in the "clogged heart of the Bronx" and it naturally has it all: Peeps, TED Talks, and Roman J. Israel, Esq. (the running joke of the bit). For a more low-key, "ordinary" night out, Stefon recommended "Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors, Please," a club built in the "upside down world" (a reference to Stranger Things?) that has "young popes, old popes, and Roman J. Israel, Esq." Stefon began choosing his words carefully about an aspect of the club, wanting to be politically correct, so he summoned his lawyer and conceptual artist, Shy — played by Mulaney.
In a 2014 interview on Late Night With Seth Meyers, Mulaney talked about how he and Hader got the idea for Stefon, according to the Huffington Post. Mulaney said the following:
I knew a guy who was trying to start, not a club, but like do you remember when in New York, sort of pre-Bloomberg, there’d be club spaces. There’d be like a boat, that was haunted on the river near the West Side Highway and people would go ‘let’s party in there’... And he would list things... ‘this is gonna have everything, this is gonna have jacked old men... people dressed as babies... farm animals.’ He would just list and stare.
Mulaney also told Conan O'Brien in 2012 that he often surprised Hader by adding new jokes to Stefon's cue cards for the live show — which caused Hader to break character even more.
And now, Stefon is such a beloved SNL character. Fans were so psyched to see the "Weekend Update" city corresponded back in action.
Stefon's appearance was the highlight of the night for most viewers.
Some fans, though, wished Stefon's return included Meyers, a former "Weekend Update" anchor who married Stefon during the the character's final segment in 2013.
Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon also loved Stefon's return.
Watch Stefon's return in the video below.
Stefon is one of the most beloved modern SNL characters and fans definitely enjoyed his return to "Weekend Update." Hader's hosting stint also included him taking on former White House Communications director Anthony Scaramucci, delivering his famous Al Pacino impression in a Jurassic Park screen test sketch, and reprising his role as Devin the handyman in the soap opera/LA traffic parody "The Californians." While all of those characters by Hader are great, Stefon seems to still remain a fan favorite.