By Maureen Lee Lenker
August 05, 2019 at 03:33 PM EDT
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TV actors often use their hiatus to explore things they can’t do during their harried production schedules — make movies, write a book, record an album… or grow a beard.

Taran Killam used his time between filming season 1 and 2 of Single Parents to get into a hairy situation — but with production on the ABC sitcom kicking off on Monday, it was time for him to say goodbye to his hirsute friend. To pay tribute to his beloved beard, Killam wrote a song in its honor and set it to a slideshow of images of his bearded days.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 13: Taran Killam of Single Parents attends the Entertainment Weekly & PEOPLE New York Upfronts Party on May 13, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly & PEOPLE) SINGLE PARENTS - "The Beast" - Will encourages Angie to rediscover her passion for heavy metal music by taking a guitar class, and in turn, Angie insists that Will get back in the field covering weather by driving both of them into a storm. Meanwhile, the rest of the gang explore their romantic passions as Douglas pursues his crush on Big Red with the help of Miggy, and Poppy feels an instant connection with a dreamy musician, on an all-new episode of "Single Parents," WEDNESDAY, NOV. 28 (9:31-10:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Kevin Estrada) TARAN KILLAM
Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images; Kevin Estrada/ABC

“Beard, you were the longest beard I ever had. Beard, now I must shave you off and that makes me sad,” his song began. Killam revealed he’d been growing the beard since late March of this year, right around the time Single Parents would have been wrapping production on its freshman season.

The video concludes with a time-lapse sequence of pictures of Killam’s face as he shaved his beard in various stages, testing out everything from a goatee and handlebar mustache to a porn ‘stache to his final clean-shaven face and a gratuitous image of the pile of hair in his bathroom sink once he had finished.

Single Parents debuted on ABC last fall, and it features Killam alongside Brad Garrett, Leighton Meester, Kimrie Lewis, and Jake Choi as a group of single parents who become friends united through their misadventures and struggles to raise their elementary school-aged children on their own.

The series returns for its second season on Sept. 25 at 9:30 p.m.

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