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Bill Hader signs on for HBO comedy

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Great news for anyone still rewinding Stefon’s wedding: EW can confirm that former Saturday Night Live cast member Bill Hader has inked a development deal with HBO. He’ll be creating and starring in a new comedy for the pay cable net. Deadline first reported the news.

Additional details on the project are scarce for now, but even those who can’t tell Vinny Vedecci from Vince Blight should consider word of it exciting: Hader has an impressive comedy resume, including eight years on SNL, an Emmy for his worth on South Park (Hader served as a consultant writer on the long-running animated series from 2008-2009), guest appearances on comedies including The Mindy Project and Bob’s Burgers, and roles in a variety of upcoming films, including the Amy Schumer-penned, Judd Apatow-directed Trainwreck. Also, he’s got a knack for Star Wars impressions:

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IFC orders series from 'SNL' vets Seth Meyers, Bill Hader, and Fred Armisen

IFC is solidifying itself as a destination for top names in comedy. Ahead of its annual upfront event scheduled for Thursday evening, the network announced a 2014-15 programming and development slate that includes a new series from a trio of Saturday Night Live veterans and Community star Joel McHale.

Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers are behind the new comedy American Documentary, a half-hour anthology series featuring documentaries and biopics about completely made-up historical figures. Also added to the schedule is American Storage, a scripted half-hour comedy starring Rob Huebel (Childrens Hospital, Human Giant) as a free-spirited L.A. bachelor who lives in a storage facility. Both new series are slated to premiere in 2015.

Next year IFC will also introduce the Comedy Music Awards, a collaboration with CollegeHumor that satirizes traditional awards shows, while honoring the best in the musical comedy genre.

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Best of 2013 (Behind the Scenes): Bill Hader on saying goodbye to Stefon -- and 'SNL' -- with one last video

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Saturday Night Live‘s epic farewell to Stefon — the absurd masterpiece played for five seasons by Bill Hader — had EVERYTHING: human parking cones, Black George Washington, Jupids, Furkels, even DJ Baby Bok Choy, “a giant 300-pound Chinese baby who wears tinted aviator glasses and spins records with his little ravioli hands.”

So naturally, putting the clip together was a massive undertaking — and an especially emotional one for departing cast member Hader, who left NBC’s comedy institution this spring after eight years. (Soon, Stefon’s entire team will be gone for good: Hader’s writing partner John Mulaney exited the show in 2012, returning only occasionally to help with Stefon-related matters. Meanwhile, Hader’s longtime Weekend Update foil Seth Meyers moves to host NBC’s Late Night in early 2014.)

Here, the comedian describes the making of that big goodbye video, from start to finish — and reveals when, precisely, he started crying.

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Bill Hader and Jonah Hill headline roast of James Franco

Bill Hader, Jonah Hill, and Nick Kroll will take aim at James Franco at the next Comedy Central Roast, to be hosted by Seth Rogen. Comedy Central announced today that the trio will join Natasha Leggero, Jeff Ross, and Sarah Silverman on the dais for the Aug. 25 taped event that will air on Sept. 2 at 10 p.m.

'SNL': Veteran Kenan Thompson on the show's big cast exodus -- and its future

The times are a’changin’ at Saturday Night Live. Jason Sudeikis recently confirmed his exit from the show — joining fellow vets Fred Armisen and Bill Hader, both of whom said their goodbyes during May’s season finale. And that’s not the last of it: When Seth Meyers jumps ship in 2014 to prepare to take over NBC‘s Late Night, SNL will lose not only a longtime cast member (and Weekend Update anchor), but also its head writer since 2006.

It’s a lot for one show to handle all at once — especially coming just a year after cast MVP Kristen Wiig and Digital Short mastermind Andy Samberg (along with the rest of his Lonely Island crew) stepped away from SNL as well.

After the dust settles and Meyers finally says his last goodbye, SNL‘s cast will only boast one person who’s been around since before the Bush administration’s final days: Kenan Thompson, a former child star who joined the show in 2003. Add on the five years he spent performing on Nickelodeon’s All That, and Thompson has been doing televised sketch comedy even longer than Darrell Hammond — who stuck around Studio 8H for 14 seasons, making him the longest-tenured cast member in Saturday Night Live history.

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Bill Hader: Grateful for his Emmy nom, exhausted from partying with Jon Hamm

As it turns out, parties at Jon Hamm’s house are just as awesome as you’ve always dreamed they would be. “It was just like, really crazy famous people everywhere,” Bill Hader says, describing a shindig that the Mad Men star hosted after emceeing the ESPYS last night.

“For about an hour, it felt like a Vanity Fair Oscar party: ‘Oh, there’s Tom Cruise talking to Ben Affleck, and there’s Eric… Schmidt. You know?” Hader says, laughing. (No, we do not know.) “And you’re just kind of hugging the food area, standing there with some hors d’oeuvres, just like, ‘Oh my God, there’s a lot of people here.'”

As the father of two young kids, Hader is usually a homebody — but he attended the post-ESPYS party yesterday on a whim: “I was like, ‘I got nothing. I don’t have to wake up early tomorrow.'”

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'Drunk History': Coca-Cola was just 'wine with cocaine and caffeine' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Did you know that John Pemberton, the man who invented Coca-Cola, was trying to create a new medicine? And the result was a delicious soft drink? Doesn’t that make you kind of wonder about what’s really going on in the popular soda?

Narrated by Jenny Slate and starring Bill Hader as the medicine man behind the soda, the “Atlanta” episode of Drunk History airs next Tuesday at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central. Watch an exclusive preview below:
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Jay Pharoah tweets that Jason Sudeikis is leaving 'Saturday Night Live'

Saturday Night Live might need to find a new Devil for next season.

After Saturday Night Live‘s finale publicly bid farewell to both Bill Hader and Fred Armisen, some fans thought that meant Jason Sudeikis would in fact be returning. But according to a since-deleted tweet from cast member Jay Pharoah, that might not be the case. “Hader, Armisen & Sudekis the talent of those three and just them as people in general will be missed but we will be strong and carry on..” Pharoah wrote yesterday (captured by Splitsider) before deleting the message.

A rep for Saturday Night Live and Sudeikis did not immediately return EW’s request for comment.

Read more:
Report: Fred Armisen to leave ‘Saturday Night Live'; Jason Sudeikis ‘probably’ out as well
‘Saturday Night Live’ finale recap: Ben Affleck shines, but Stefon and Fred Armisen steal the show
‘Saturday Night Live': A full directory of Stefon’s favorite clubs. (This post has EVERYTHING.)

Bill Hader exits 'Saturday Night Live'

Bill Hader is leaving Saturday Night Live after eight seasons as one of its most versatile and hilarious players. The 34-year-old actor arrived at 30 Rock in 2005 and quickly carved out a role for himself with some of the show’s most popular characters, including “Weekend Update” special guests Stefon and James Carville, and an array of oddball game-show hosts. “It was a hard decision, but it has to happen at some point,” Hader told the New York Times. “It got to a point where I said, ‘Maybe it’s just time to go.'” READ FULL STORY

'Portlandia': Juliette Lewis, Roseanne Barr, Bill Hader among season 3 guest stars -- EXCLUSIVE

The Pacific Northwest is about to receive a healthy influx of talent from Hollywood. Season 3 of Portlandia, IFC’s quirky sketch comedy starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, will feature guest spots by Roseanne Barr, Juliette Lewis, Patton Oswalt, Rose Byrne, George Wendt, Armisen’s SNL castmates Bill Hader and Bobby Moynihan, Jim Gaffigan, Matt Berry, Matt Lucas, J Mascis, Dirty Projectors, and, yes, tennis legend Martina Navratilova. READ FULL STORY

Ben Stiller's All-Star Comedy Roundtable: Jim Carrey on the day the laughter died -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

In June at the Nantucket Film Festival, Ben Stiller brought together three of his funniest famous friends to talk seriously about comedy. Chris Rock and Jim Carrey joined Stiller on a panel moderated by Saturday Night Live‘s Bill Hader for the 4th Annual All-Star Comedy Roundtable. Stiller and Rock worked together on the Madagascar animated films, among other projects, Carrey starred in Stiller’s Cable Guy, and Hader, who popped up in Tropic Thunder, first met the Meet the Parents star when he was still a teenager in Oklahoma. “You’ve come a long way since Oklahoma,” Stiller said to Hader last fall, just as he and Hader were about to visit SNL‘s “Weekend Update” desk, dressed as Zoolander and Stefon.

But even the greatest comics fall flat on their faces now and again, as Carrey reveals in this exclusive clip. Way back when, before Ace Ventura, before In Living Color, he thought he had landed his first Tonight Show gig. It wasn’t to be. Watch below:

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Emmys: Bill Hader on his nomination, 'Downton Abbey' obsession, and new season of 'SNL'

will start to break out. They’ve been on the show two seasons. I feel like that’s what happened with me, Kristen, Andy, and Jason: The first couple seasons, we did really well, and then in your third and fourth seasons, you’re really doing well. Jay, Bobby, Fred, and Kenan are gonna be there. So I think it will be a good, tight ensemble. I’m not too concerned about it. That said, I did buy a bed this summer and wedge it into our small office space at home and put blackout curtains in there so I can sleep.”

We recently caught up with Hader and talked about his Emmy nomination, him trying to convince South Park‘s Trey Parker and Matt Stone to watch Downtown Abbey, why he’s not on Twitter, and how he would have spoofed NBC’s Olympics coverage. (Spoiler alert for people who haven’t started Breaking Bad and intend to.) READ FULL STORY

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