A Treasury of ‘SNL’ Game Shows Hosted by Bill Hader


Bill Hader announced this morning that he’ll be leaving Saturday Night Live at the end of this season, putting a wrap on an impressive eight years on the sketch-comedy series. This Saturday will be his last episode, and while we’re sure to see some of his recurring characters pop in (especially Stefon, his most famous), we’re hoping for one last chance to see Hader doing what he does best: playing a hilariously smarmy game-show host. Through his run at SNL, Hader played the straight-man in a handful of game show sketches, doing his best to keep his lips sealed while chaos ensued around him. His oddball and creepy game show hosts — all a variation on the same concept — have become a staple in the last decade. To celebrate Hader, here’s a compendium of his game-show sketches.

“What’s That Name?”

In a recurring sketch, celebrities (in this case, Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga) must identify the non-famous people in their lives by name.


A game show by guys from New Jersey, for guys from New Jersey.

“Who’s On Top?”

When images of two male celebrities are paired up for hypothetical gay sex, contestants must decide which of the men would be the top and which would be the bottom.

“It’s a Date”

The only dating game still on TV matches one lucky lady with a pair of SNL‘s most famous sleazeballs — either the Dick-in-a-Box guys or Two Wild and Crazy Guys.

“Dylan McDermott or Dermot Mulroney?”

In America’s hardest game show, contestants must be able to tell these two A-list actors apart.

“Super Showcase”

In this Price Is Right parody, two barely intelligible models show off a variety of prizes while Bill Hader’s host tries desperately not to crack up.

“Secret Word”

In this popular sketch spoofing the classic Password, contestants are matched up with dimwitted celebrities who can’t help but read the words placed in front of them.

“Game of Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones fanatics know a lot about the HBO series and the books that inspired it, but can they identify questions about basic real-life facts?

“What’s Wrong With Tanya?!”

Lifetime’s first original game show has three moms who must figure out what poor teenager Tanya has been up to.

“Million Dollar Wheel”

Bill Hader’s host goes up against the substitute for his usual on-air companion, who just can’t figure out how to do her new job.

“Reel Quotes”

Contestants are quizzed on their familiarity with movie quotes, despite their complete lack of knowledge about movies.