Bill Hader leaving 'SNL' for LA

hader-californians.jpgHader wants to make the break after eight and he's coming to Los Angeles. We'll say this: he must know his way around town. Check out the clip from "The Californians" skit. From the New York Times, which broke the story:

With just one departure, “Saturday Night Live” is losing its excitable “Weekend Update” city correspondent, Stefon; its frenetic incarnations of James Carville, Al Pacino, Vincent Price and Julian Assange; and any number of unctuous, self-satisfied game-show hosts.

All of which is to say that Bill Hader, an eight-year veteran of “Saturday Night Live,” will be leaving that NBC late-night franchise when its season ends Saturday.

“It was a hard decision, but it has to happen at some point,” Mr. Hader said in an interview. “It got to a point where I said, ‘Maybe it’s just time to go.’ ”

Mr. Hader, 34, joined “SNL” as a featured performer in the fall of 2005 and was promoted to a full cast member the following year. He quickly became known for his offbeat celebrity impersonations as well as portrayals of original characters like Stefon, a breathless aficionado of obscure New York nightclubs, and Vinny Vedecci, an Italian talk-show host.

Last year, Mr. Hader (who has appeared in “Superbad,” “Tropic Thunder” and “Men in Black 3,” among other films) became the rare “Saturday Night Live” cast member to be nominated for an Emmy for supporting actor in a comedy series.

Vulture has compiled a best of Bill Hader clips. Seth Meyers will also be leaving 'SNL' next season to become the host of 'Late Night' on NBC. More screen time for Nasim Pedrad, perhaps.

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