One of the most popular reaction GIFs today is a shot of Bill Hader playing Dateline star Keith Morrison in a Saturday Night Live sketch from 2011. The Barry star has long been a fan of true crime television and has never skipped a chance to do his Morrison impression or his impressions of other genre luminaries. The thing is, despite their both having worked for NBC, they’ve never actually met in person. Or, at least that was the case until The Today Show‘s Willie Geist introduced the pair as a surprise to Hader.
On Thursday, the program previewed Geist’s interview with Hader for this weekend’s edition of Sunday Today. The interview itself will cover the whole of the comedian turned showrunner’s career, of course, but it wouldn’t have been much of an NBC affair without tossing Morrison into the mix. So, as a surprise to Hader, Geist arranged a chance for him to sit in on a voiceover recording session for Dateline… and that’s when the magic happened.
“I can’t give him pointers, he’s the master,” the SNL vet said of listening to Morrison work. “I don’t know you get better than Keith Morrison. I knew he was gonna be here!” Both men have spoken about the SNL impression on separate occasions, but now that they’ve met, it’ll be fun to see what tips and tricks they share with each other on Sunday. If you’ve never seen the infamous sketch, “Dateline: The Mystery of the Chopped Up Guy,” then make sure you check it out below.
Bill Hader gave a shout-out to the directors on his hit HBO comedy series Barry when accepting the trophy for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series tonight at the 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
Hader, who also directs on the show, said he's often asked by the press '”how do you direct yourself?'” Hader noted there's a “a lot of great directors on this show,” but his usual go-to person is his friend and co-creator Alec Berg. “Usually after every take I go over to Alec and go what do you think? I usually get one of two responses — 'ehh, we should move on' or 'eh, we should go again,' so I want to thank you for molding my performance Alec.”
This was Hader's second consecutive win in the category his third career Emmy win.
Multi-hyphenate Hader also is nominated in the writing and directing categories tonight for the series, which received 17 nominations in all.
Co-created by Hader and Alec Berg, Barry stars Hader as a hitman who takes a left turn when he discovers he has an unrequited passion for acting. As he works through a list of hits and juggles nefarious assignments, he takes acting classes and others who force him to confront the crossroads he has reached in life.
Series co-stars Henry Winkler, Stephen Root and Anthony Carrigan also were nominated in the supporting actor in a comedy series category. Sarah Goldberg and Glenn Fleshler also star.
Hader previously won an Emmy for his work on the “Margueritaville” episode of South Park.
Hader beat out fellow nominees Don Cheadle for Showtime's Black Monday, Anthony Anderson for ABC's Black-ish, Ted Danson for NBC's The Good Place, Michael Douglas for Netflix's The Kominsky Method and Eugene Levy for Pop TV's Schitt's Creek.