SNL: Bill Hader shares origin of The Californians
Bill Hader revealed the origins of his Saturday Night Live sketch “The Californians” Tuesday night on Late Night with Seth Meyers, and it’s all thanks to Lorne Michaels’ tardiness.
The bleach-blond Californians with a penchant for exaggerated directions (and vowels) stemmed from a long-running gag Hader and Fred Armisen would do while they awaited the arrival of Michaels at SNL table reads.
Eventually, fellow castmates Kenan Thompson and Andy Samberg got in on the fun, and in 2012, Armisen and writer James Anderson developed the bit into a soap opera.
“At SNL, that doesn’t seem weird. You’re like, ‘Great, great, makes total sense,'” Hader said.
Check out the video below for the full story, and don’t miss Hader’s Lorne Michaels impression. Saturday Night Live returns to NBC for season 42 on Oct. 1.