Bill Hader Reveals How SNL's Stefon Would React to the Pandemic: "He's Probably Patient Zero"

Seth Meyers talks with actor Bill Hader
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On 'Late Night With Seth Meyers', Hader compared the pressure of writing future seasons of HBO's 'Barry' to performing as his recurring 'Saturday Night Live' character Stefon.

On Thursday's episode of Late Night With Seth Meyers, Bill Hader joined his former Saturday Night Live co-star, as the two reminisced on filming SNL’s "Weekend Update" segment together. Meyers hosted the segment from 2006-2013, while Hader made recurring appearances as the fan-favorite character Stefon, the show’s bizarre city correspondent.

As for how Stefon would be dealing with the pandemic, Hader claimed that quarantine wouldn’t bother the New York City clubgoer too much.

“I don’t know if he would notice,” Hader joked. “I think he’s probably patient zero on some level and he’s probably had it a couple times, and now he’s fine.”

“And this is like a natural mask,” Meyers pointed out, referring to Stefon’s signature pose, in which Hader covered his mouth with his hands in order to hide his laughter on stage.

"When I would laugh doing that, so much of it was just how bad at his job [Stefon] is," Hader told Meyers. "He's lying, and I always felt that you knew he was lying, but you were being very patient with him."

Hader also spoke about his critically acclaimed HBO series Barry, which he created alongside writer Alec Berg. Hader writes and stars as the title character in the dark comedy, a role for which he won two Emmy awards for best actor in a comedy series.

Barry was renewed for season three in May 2019, and was set to begin production prior to quarantine.

“Last time I was in a room with a lot of people was the table read for episodes one and two [of season three],” the actor said.

As for the future of the show, Hader confirmed that season three is "completely written and ready-to-go." The former SNL star also revealed that during quarantine, the Barry team finished writing a potential season four, as well.

“We’re just waiting until we can start shooting again,” he said.

Hader went on to compare writing a television series to having a recurring character like Stefon on SNL.

“The more I did Stefon, the more we did Californians, whatever, it got more tense, more pressure on you to do new moves,” he explained. “And on Barry, I can’t just rely on [former SNL writer and Stefon co-creator] John Mulaney to make me laugh.”