Bill Hader is returning to Saturday Night Live this weekend for his second time as host, and the first SNL promo for the new episode has landed online. Unsurprisingly, it’s quite weird. Current cast members Pete Davidson and Chris Redd craft a rap to Hader while the actor just kind of stands there, and the contents of the rap make the whole affair even more strange. Davidson and Redd basically just talk about how much they love Hader, how much of a mentor he is to them, and how they love him more than their real dad. You know, normal stuff.
Hader was on SNL for eight years, but his experience on the series is what directly influenced his new HBO show Barry, which premieres on March 25th. That series, which Hader created, wrote, directed, and stars in revolves around a hit man who’s great at his job, but it also makes him feel physically terrible. On the early press tours for Barry Hader has said while he loved his time on SNL, he suffered from intense stage fright and anxiety, sometimes even throwing up before a show. And yet, he’s one of the most talented and memorable SNL cast members to ever appear on the series.
It’ll be interesting to see what characters Hader reprises this weekend. Fingers are obviously crossed for Stefon, for which comedian John Mulaney will almost certainly write the script as he did when Hader played the character on the show. I’m also holding out hope for a Herb Welch sketch, and overall it’ll just be interesting to see Hader interact with this mostly new SNL cast.
For now, you can check out the obviously Lonely Island-influenced SNL promo for Hader’s episode below. The musical guest for Saturday’s episode is Arcade Fire.