Bill Hader knows a thing (or two!) about Emmy nominations. For the past two years, the "Saturday Night Live" alum has been nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his work on the NBC late-night sketch-comedy show. "The Yo Show" recently caught up with Hader to find out how he celebrated his Emmy nomination and what he'll say if he wins.
After host Michael Yo pointed out that a male "Saturday Night Live" regular hasn't been nominated for an Emmy since Eddie Murphy, back in 1983, he asked Hader how that made him feel. (The actor is up against "Veep" star Tony McHale, "Girls" star Adam Driver, and "Modern Family" men Ed O'Neill, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Ty Burrell.)
"It's cool — it's very cool," the 35-year-old funnyman said. "I was incredibly flattered. When it happened last year, I was shocked and flattered, and this year, I was incredibly flattered and shocked."
Yo asked how Hader celebrated his nomination, having such a major milestone under his belt. Special dinner? Big party? At least a toast?
"Last year, I celebrated by going to a movie with my friend Jason," Hader revealed. "And this year, I celebrated by going to the DMV, and then going and getting curtains."
What? That's a far cry from a wild and crazy guy!
"We just moved here, and I've still got just a laundry list of stuff I've got to get through, and I had to go to the DMV," Hader explained. But he didn't waste any time in that grueling driver's license line: "I was even, like, doing phoners at the DMV," he said.
As for how he'd feel if he were to win the Emmy, the actor said it would be "exciting." But, he added, "I never go in there expecting anything. It sounds clichéd, but it's true. Just to get recognized at all is huge. I have no idea what I would say. Last year, I didn't prepare anything."
Ditto for this year. With no speech in hand, Hader is prepared to wing it, complete with a telltale Emmy echo.
"Can you believe it lieve it lieve it lieve it?" he joked in a faux speech. "You guys look bummed bummed bummed bummed."
Hader is known for his celeb impressions of everyone from Al Pacino to Adam Levine, as well as for his hilarious "Weekend Update" city correspondent character, Stefon, so you may be surprised at which sketch he submitted for this year's Emmy consideration: "I selected the season premiere with Seth MacFarlane and the puppet show," he told Deadline. "The guy I played was a Grenada invasion vet. After that show, Lorne [Michaels] said, 'I think you had a perfect show.' And he rarely says that. That was nice, and I decided to submit the episode."
The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards will air live from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. on CBS.
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