Stefon

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Stefon
Saturday Night Live character
Stefon, SNL Character.jpg
Stefon on Weekend Update.
First appearanceNovember 1, 2008[1]
Created byBill Hader, John Mulaney
Portrayed byBill Hader
Information
GenderMale
OccupationSNL Weekend Update City Correspondent
TitleCity Correspondent
FamilyMs. Stefon (mother)
David Bowie (father)
David Zolesky (brother)
 
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Stefon
Saturday Night Live character
Stefon, SNL Character.jpg
Stefon on Weekend Update.
First appearanceNovember 1, 2008[1]
Created byBill Hader, John Mulaney
Portrayed byBill Hader
Information
GenderMale
OccupationSNL Weekend Update City Correspondent
TitleCity Correspondent
FamilyMs. Stefon (mother)
David Bowie (father)
David Zolesky (brother)

Stefon Zolesky, better known simply as Stefon, is a character played by Bill Hader on Saturday Night Live who appears as the city correspondent for New York City on Weekend Update with Seth Meyers. Seth Meyers introduces Stefon as a guide who knows all about New York and asks him for tips on essential destinations and events for out-of-towners. Stefon always recommends unusual clubs and parties with bizarre characters, describing things such as "visions a dying gay man would have if he was under too many blankets," "nightmares of a crystal meth addict" or a "coked-up gay Candyland".

Stefon's segments are written by Bill Hader and American comedian and SNL writer John Mulaney. He was inspired by real people Hader and Mulaney had encountered, including a person John Mulaney had met who recommended parties and other points of interest to him, and a barista at a coffee shop that Hader met who looked and talked like Stefon.[2]

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Personality

Stefon is a flamboyantly Bisexual character who appears to be always nervous, as indicated by how he can never keep his hands still and constantly rubs them together. He always touches his face and hair, and it seems like he has frequent anxiety attacks. A possible explanation for this is Stefon's excessive consumption of recreational drugs.[2] He is very knowledgeable about parties and nightclubs featuring very bizarre themes and characters, which he recommends when Seth Meyers asks for suggestions for tourists, much to Seth Meyers' frustration.

According to the May 7, 2011, episode of Saturday Night Live, his mother is named Ms. Stefon, and his father is David Bowie. In the October 20, 2012 episode, he revealed that he has a son.

Stefon wears gaudy Ed Hardy shirts, multiple rings, and an asymmetrical, highlighted haircut.

Format

Stefon is introduced by Seth Meyers and is asked for recommendations for tourists. Stefon’s dialogue always begins with “New York’s hottest club is …” and then he starts listing the outlandish patrons that you can meet at this club. He is frequently interrupted by Seth Meyers, who asks for more family-friendly destinations, but Stefon only continues talking about increasingly ludicrous New York clubs. When describing the club’s patrons, Stefon frequently describes objects personified by midgets (e.g., "human traffic cones," "human fire hydrants," "human boomboxes," "human suitcases," "human kites", "human R2-D2s", "human piñatas" and "human roombas"). The club owners Stefon describes are almost always portmanteaux of famous celebrities' names, e.g., Snoozin Lucci, Jew Diamond Philips, Tranderson Cooper, Baloney Danza, Fat Sajak, Gay Liotta, Gay Dunaway and Blow J. Simpson.

His style comes close to absurdist humor, and most of his humor is in describing pop culture portmanteaux, including Furkels (fat Urkels), Blingo (Black Ringo), and outlandish characters such as screaming babies in Mozart wigs, a nine-year-old Tokyo pimp, and DJ Baby Bok Choy: "He's a giant 300 pound Chinese baby, who wears tinted aviator glasses and he spins records with his little ravioli hands."[3]

Often Hader can be seen suppressing fits of laughter (known as breaking), as if some of the more outlandish descriptions are new to him. Hader, on late-night TV interviews, said that this happens with such frequency because changes are often made to the script up until the live show, and frequently Hader doesn't see the final cue cards until the live broadcast. As a result, some of the more outrageous things that Stefon says are relatively or completely new to Hader. "I have not gotten through a single Stefon update without breaking," Hader says. "Still working on it."[4]

On an episode of Comedy Bang Bang, John Mulaney describes the writing process he and Hader use for Stefon. Mulaney will change the cue cards between the dress rehearsal and live broadcast, meaning Hader has little more knowledge of the script than the studio audience does. Mulaney said that over time, it has become something of a challenge for him to see how much he can make Hader break by changing the jokes.[5]

After being unable to perform the character without breaking for two and a half years, Hader successfully remained in character as Stefon during the season finale of the show's 36th season, with host Justin Timberlake. However, this appearance was much more brief than his others (his appearance lasting about thirty seconds).

In the November 10th episode, hosted by Anne Hathaway, Stefon did not appear, but Anne made a joking reference to playing him.

Saturday Night Live appearances

Season 34

Season 35

Season 36

Season 37

Season 38

References

  1. ^ SNL Archives | Episodes | Details - November 1, 2008
  2. ^ a b Potts, Kim (September 24, 2010) "'SNL' Star Bill Hader Talks the New Season, Jon Hamm's Return and His 'Surreal Life' Experience with Corey Feldman". The Huffington Post.
  3. ^ Season 25, Episode 20, Retrieved (Jan 25, 2011).
  4. ^ Statdtmiller, Mandy. Club kidding. New York Post. February 19, 2011. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
  5. ^ http://www.earwolf.com/episode/maybe-its-maybelline/
  6. ^ SNL Archives | Episodes | Details - November 1, 2008

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