Last night, Bill Hader returned to host Saturday Night Live to play not one but two gender-bending characters, ostensibly in the service of giving us laffs.
Hader is out promoting The Skeleton Twins, his new (sadly, non-Halloween-themed) film. And, while his co-star and former SNL cohort Kristen Wiig showed up to help out in a few sketches, it was Hader's moment, and he brought both the funny and the (mostly new) cast to life.
First, Hader popped up in The Group Hopper — a parody of just about every YA trope ever — as a horned version of The Hunger Games' Effie Trinket, presiding over a group of foodies, Hasids, and Gryffindors fighting to escape a castle armed with exploding sheep.
Hader also made an inevitable appearance on Weekend Update as Stefon (arguably the best-loved caricature of homosexuality on television) to offer a few suggestions for going out in "the new New York."
For "dumb folks looking to just get murdered," there's apparently a new Park Slope club with a bouncer "who always high-fives children of divorce." Once again, we're left to assume that SNL writers are likely employing a PG-13 rated version of Cards Against Humanity to write their scripts. And, as usual, Hader breaks up at the randomness, much to the audience's delight.
More respectfully, the show also paid tribute to five-season alumnus Jan Hooks, who passed away this week at the age of 57.
RIP, Jan. You would've made a great Effie Trinket.