Bill Hader Returning to ‘Saturday Night Live’ as Host in October

By September 17, 2014

NBC has already set Chris Pratt and Sarah Silverman to host the first two episodes of the 40th season of “Saturday Night Live” this fall, and now they’ve announced the return of a veteran to host the third episode.

A press release from NBC has just announced the return of former “SNL” cast member Bill Hader, who will host the show for the first time on October 11th, with musical guest Hozier. That’s a quick turnaround for Hader to host after leaving the show following the 38th season, but the same thing happened to Kristen Wiig after she left the show in 2012.

Hader was nominated for two Emmys while he was a cast member, becoming well-known for his spot-on impressions of Vincent Price, James Carville, and Alan Alda, not to mention his Weekend Update character Stefon, who got one hell of a send-off when Hader left the show.

Saturday Night Live - Stefon - Seth Meyers

Having Hader back to host is awesome, not only because he’s one of the best cast members of the past decade, but also because his career is certainly on the rise after leaving the show. You can see Hader in limited theaters right now alongside his former cast mate Kristen Wiig in the spectacular indie film The Skeleton Twins, his first lead role on the big screen. And next year, we’ll see him in Judd Apatow’s comedy Trainwreck starring Amy Schumer.

Considering all the changes that are being made this season, from Michael Che replacing Cecily Strong at the Weekend Update desk, to Pete Davidson taking a featured player role as Mike O’Brien heads back to the writers’ room, it’ll be nice to have a familiar face come back early on in the season. We certainly hope Stefon will make some kind of return as well, though it might be weird without Seth Meyers there (though he could always pop up too).

And if you’re looking for more comedy influence from Hader, why not check out his list of “200 Essential Movies Every Comedy Writer Should See” from Mike Sacks’ book Poking A Dead Frog: Conversations With Today’s Top Comedy Writers, which is a good read for anyone with more than a passing interest in the art of comedy. Maybe you can watch some of those movies while we wait for Hader to return to Studio 8H on October 11th.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.