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September 26th, 2013
02:03 PM ET

Web exclusive: Actor Bill Hader's first pitch to 'SNL'

Watch "The Lead with Jake Tapper" at 4 p.m. ET for more of our interview with actor and comedian Bill Hader.

Wednesday table reads at "Saturday Night Live" are when everyone auditions for the show.

"I remember my first table read, this thing I wrote just tanked," said recent "SNL" alum Bill Hader.

"It was a thing called "Emmy Attire," and it was with (SNL actor) Will Forte, where we were two guys saying, 'What are you going to wear to the Emmys?' And it was biking attire. And I was like, 'I'm going to be wearing Gore-Tex gloves and a helmet,'" said Hader.

Forte chimes in, thinking Hader said Viking attire. Then another cast member would come in and hear hiking attire. At the end of the sketch, a voice would say, "Hope you enjoyed this. The sketch you've just seen happened two years ago in my mind," while cursive text on screen would read, "From the desk of Jimmy Carter."

Hilarity ensues.

Or not. No one at the table laughed.

"That was the first sketch I ever wrote for "SNL," and I put it up, and I was really excited. And I remember reading it, and it was like total silence. I remember (SNL actor) Horatio Sanz being like, 'What was that?' You know. And just feeling like, I'm going to be fired," said Hader.

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