Bill Hader announced he’s leaving the cast of “Saturday Night Live” after this season. And that means he’s taking the odd lifestyle reporter Stefon with him. Good for Bill, bad for me.
This week’s season finale will cap Hader’s eight-year tenure on the show. The Times reports that Fred Armisen and Jason Sudeikis’ status on the show is also in question, and of course Seth Meyers will depart for ‘Late Night’ by at least February.
Lorne Michaels on Hader:
“In terms of intelligence and talent, he was in that same tradition,” Mr. Michaels said in a telephone interview. “He was so completely committed to the art of it and enough a student of it that there’s something strikingly original. He didn’t explode onto the air, but gradually he found his voice, and that became a huge thing.”
Mr. Hader said: “My joke was, we’ll start singing ‘Ruby Tuesday’ and just say bye to Kristen again. I can just do a little wave at goodnights, and that signifies it.”
My favorite character of late on SNL has been Stefon, the nightlife reporter for “Weekend Update” who leads tourist to bizarre nightclubs with strange names like “Gush”.
Who knew Stefon had a last name “Zolesky”, or his own wikipedia page, which describes him thusly:
Stefon is a flamboyantly gay “city correspondent” for Weekend Update. He appears to be always nervous, as indicated by how he can never keep his hands still and constantly rubs them together. Stefon always touches his face and hair, and it seems like he has frequent anxiety attacks. A possible explanation for this is his excessive consumption of recreational drugs. Stefon is very knowledgeable about parties and nightclubs featuring very bizarre themes and characters, which he recommends when host Seth Meyers asks for suggestions for tourists, much to Meyers’ frustration. Stefon is apparently infatuated with Meyers; he expresses disappointment when Meyers mentions his girlfriend, and has stated that he envies Meyers’ mother for changing his diapers as a child.
According to the May 7, 2011, episode of Saturday Night Live, his mother is named Ms. Stefon, and his father is David Bowie. In the October 20, 2012 episode, he revealed that he has a son, as well as a dog named Bark Ruffalo. He lives in a trashcan outside the Radio Shack at 23rd and 7th.
Maybe in the future, there will be a Stefon feature film. But I’m not sure I want. I just want five minutes of Stefon a month.
Stefon wears gaudy Ed Hardy shirts, multiple rings, and an asymmetrical, highlighted haircut.