Why Isn't Bill Hader Famous Yet?

Pop Quiz: Who is the only actor to have appeared in ALL of the following hit comedies: Tropic Thunder, Pineapple Express, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Superbad and Knocked Up?

Okay, since his name is in the title of this article, you've probably figured out by now that the answer is SNL funnyman Bill Hader. But here's the tough question: With all of those hits on his resume, (not even Seth Rogen can beat that track record), why isn't Bill Hader a household name yet?

The easy answer is that it's because Hader is a mere utility player. So far, he's been relegated to mostly sidekick roles. He played the stepbrother of Jason Segel in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, the butt-kissing assistant of Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder, and a co-worker of Katherine Heigl's in Knocked Up. He was perfectly funny in each of these films, but didn’t score enough screen time to really break out.

But over a year after its release, I'm still wondering why Superbad didn't propel him into stardom right alongside his young costars Jonah Hill and Michael Cera. Hader and his on-screen partner Seth Rogen were given almost as much screen time as the kids, and were just as funny. In fact, the two divergent plots of Superbad could have easily been split into two movies -- one dealing with Seth and Evan's quest to hook up with their crushes at the big party, and another centered around McLovin's adventures with Officers Michaels and Slater. Although the friendship between the two fun-loving cops provided a nice mirror to what Seth and Evan would probably be like as adults, there was definitely enough humor and depth of character for each of these plots to stand alone. I doubt any Superbad fans would've objected to spending more time in the police cruiser, watching Hader and Rogen break the laws their characters were sworn to uphold.

So here's what I propose: a Superbad sequel without Cera or Hill. It would just be about the cops. Maybe McLovin could make a cameo as a new recruit (how could he consider any other career after a night like that?). By the end of the first Superbad movie, Seth and Evan had made significant steps towards becoming mature adults. Maybe by the end of my proposed sequel, Hader's and Rogen's characters could do the same (although it might be more fun if they didn't). Hader would finally get the starring role he deserves, and we'd get to enjoy two more hours with these hilarious characters. Sounds like a win-win, right?

So while we wait for Seth Rogen to read this and immediately get to work on a script for Superbad 2: Super Bad Cops, check out Bill Hader in the new season of SNL, where he's likely to be as underused and as underappreciated as ever. Feel free to show him some love in the comments section.