Perhaps one of the more underrated “Saturday Night Live” sketches in the past five or so years is “The Californians,” the over-the-top California accented soap opera that was basically all about driving directions.
On Wednesday night’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” former “SNL” star Bill Hader explained that the idea for the Californians sketch was born out of times when he, Fred Armisen, Kenan Thompson and other cast members would just goof around before table reads explaining how they would get to their hotels during trips to Los Angeles.
“One day, before a day read, Fred came up to me and he was like, ‘Hey, [“SNL” writer] James Anderson and I took that bit we did and we made it a soap opera,'” Hader recalled. “And I went, ‘Oh, right.’ At ‘SNL,’ that doesn’t seem weird at all.”
Hader also dished on how Armisen got him and “SNL” alum Kristen Wiig to completely lose it during the first time they did the sketch live. Here’s one of those times Armisen got Hader and Wiig to crack, with a special appearance from actor James Brolin.