Bill Hader’s 10 best performances of all time (so far)

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Bill Hader as Barry Berkman in Barry / Photo Credit: HBO
Bill Hader as Barry Berkman in Barry / Photo Credit: HBO /

What’s your favorite Bill Hader performance? We’re breaking down the top 10 performances of the comedian, writer, and Emmy winning actor!

Bill Hader is one of the funniest men alive, a comedy icon. If you don’t agree then why did you even click on this article? Even if you’re not a comedy fan, it’s impossible to not admire the man for being one of the rare celebrities of the world who openly discusses his struggles with anxiety. As someone with extreme anxiety, I sincerely respect him for this.

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Bill Hader is best known for his smiling presence in the comedy community and for his astonishing knack for impressions. He’s the Christian Bale of voices, done so many of them that when someone hears his real voice, they think it’s just another fake one.

While it’s hard to imagine a world where Bill Hader isn’t making us laugh, comedy wasn’t his intended career path. He originally wanted to be a director, but instead, he landed a role on the late-night variety show Saturday Night Live.

He didn’t pursue comedy until he began attending comedy classes with friends and quickly realized it was the outlet that he needed. Together with three friends (Matt Offerman, Eric Filipkowski and Mel Cowan) he formed a sketch comedy group called the “Animals from the Future” that performed to small audiences at backyard shows in Van Nuys. It was through these shows that he got an audition with SNL.

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He apparently had nothing prepared and spontaneous imitated an elderly Italian man, who would become one of his recurring characters on the show: Vinny Vedecci. He also gave impressions of Al Pacino, James Mason, and Tony Blair for his audition.

He left SNL on May 18, 2013, at the end of the 2013 season to pursue other career opportunities and based on his body of work since his departure, I’d say he succeeded in effectively branching out. He even achieved his dream of directing with his HBO series Barry, he’s directed five episodes so far.

Also, I just wanted to share this imagery with everyone. Hader apparently worked as an usher at a movie theater in college but was fired for spoiling the ending of Titanic to noisy patrons. I keep imagining him screaming “HEY JACK DIES! NOW SHUT UP!” Or better yet, “THE BOAT SINKS!” And now I can’t stop laughing. Anyway, here’s my list of his top 10 performances (so far).