SNL’s Bill Hader Discusses the Creation of Stefon [VIDEO]

Posted on: November 26th, 2012 at 10:21 am by

Thanks to the imaginative minds of Bill Hader and John Mulaney, Stefon is forever doling tourist tips about the hottest, most eccentrically-named clubs and characters here in New York City. For instance, Wesh, Crease, Twice, or Booooooooof.

The flamboyant “Weekend Update” guest on Saturday Night Live is wildly successful, and we wouldn’t be surprised if a movie is in the cards. But how does the duo dream up such crazy nightspot namesakes?

Mashable steers us to an intriguing five-minute video about the genesis of such ideas, in which Hader discusses the creative process with Grantland’s Bill Simmons. We learn that the guys work the magic outside the confines of SNL – “we kind of sit there and talk about stuff and then John [Mulaney] will go off and write it.” Apparently the brainstormed bits are always longer than needed so Seth Meyers can choose the cream of the crop. Also, lots of one-two-three “hard jokes” are cut in favor of pun-driven choices like “Furkels” (a club with Fat Urkels).

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