Before he started winning Emmys for murdering people on HBO’s
Never has someone made us laugh more without actually getting to speak.
It was like national joke that Anthony Scaramucci was put on this planet just so Bill Hader could impersonate him.
Not exactly the hardest impression in the world, but few have ever done it with as much fury and hilarity as Bill Hader.
We honestly think this is how the Royal Family behaves behind closed doors.
Fred Armisen’s Ian Rubbish was the star of this amazing fictional punk band, but Hader was pitch perfect as Bizzaros member Derek Gash.
We didn’t always know what his traffic obsessed character Devin was saying in this Southern Californian-set soap opera, but it was always funny.
You know you’re pretty good at this whole “comedy” thing when even your game show host character makes us laugh.
Greg the Alien
We mean this as a huge compliment: we wouldn’t be stunned if it turned out Bill Hader really is an alien.
When those are your characters that didn’t make your top ten, you had a pretty amazing
10. Alan Alda
What kind of mad genius even thinks of doing an Alan Alda impression in the first place? We’re glad he did, because this is still one of the most niche, most hilarious impressions we’ve ever seen.
9. Vinny Vedecci
Anyone who has ever played
8. Clint Eastwood
Beloved actor, celebrated director, pants-hiking spokesman, and accidental political figure Clint Eastwood was ripe for parody in 2012, and thank goodness Bill Hader was around to do it.
7. Third Merryville Brother
This might be an ensemble piece, and he might have had the “smallest” part in it, but his triangle-playing Merryville Brother who popped up at the end of every song still cracks us up. Just the way his arm shakes after playing his note kills us… like these “robots” did to those riders.
6. James Carville
Some people are so ridiculous they almost seem beyond parody, like former political operative James Carville, the “Ragin’ Cajun.” Yet that’s exactly why we love this over-the-top impression full of both physical energy and a spot-on voice saying the most ridiculous pearls of Cajun “wisdom” possible.
5. Herb Welch
He might be old, he might be incompetent, he might not know how to hold a microphone, and he might be rude, but veteran newsman Herb Welch sure did make us laugh. There was no event too somber or serious he couldn’t make the funniest thing in the world, all while threatening to start a brawl.
4. Keith Morrison
Hader’s impression of
3. Vincent Price
Lots of people can do good impressions of easily spoofed figures, but only the truly great impressionist can turn the “easy” ones into something special. For instance, when he would do his “vintage” Vincent Price holiday specials. Hader’s Price could go from sincerely haunting to exhausting and exasperated in an instant, and it was funny every time.
2. Anthony Peter Coleman
The premise of this veteran-turned-puppet-enthusiast who is working through his personal issues in the most uncomfortable way possible is broad and overtly silly, but Hader’s brilliant performance is nuanced display of amazing comedic acting. And what makes it even more impressive is this is all done live, despite how difficult it is to pull off, period.
What else could be number one? This all-time great