People are always honest with Howard Stern. Maybe it’s just catchy, because Stern has seemingly never edited anything that’s come out of his mouth. If he’s trying to please anybody but himself and his audience–and he’s willing to piss off the audience if they don’t get it–you’d never know it. That’s why it’s a particular pleasure when he talks to somebody who has a similar nature. That’s what happened during a recent appearance on Stern’s Sirius XM show when the beloved actor Bill Murray had a chat with Howard. The one big difference between the two men is that we so rarely hear Murray’s voice and Stern’s is ubiquitous.
The two got to talking about Saturday Night Live and how the show is still–as it was when Murray was a cast member–a hotbed for talent. Murray claims to have watched over the years. Asked to evaluate the talent in the decades since he left, he mentioned Eddie Murphy and Will Ferrell. (Yawn, duh.) But he said something that surprised Stern. (Not that much does: Stern’s seen everything, which is what makes him such a good judge on America’s Got Talent.) Murray gave his biggest shout out to an SNL alum with a very recent turn at 30 Rock. Murray: “I think Bill Hader probably did the best work anybody ever did on that show… It took him a little while to get going, but I think when he got rolling, it was extraordinary.”