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Actor/Comedian Bill Hader Discusses Comedic Inspiration of Frank Zappa in First Live Taping of KCRW’s Guest DJ Project

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Santa Monica, CA (October 12, 2016) – Actor/comedian Bill Hader is featured in the first-ever live taping of KCRW’s Guest DJ Project, recorded as part of LA Podcast Fest. Hader talks to KCRW DJ Anne Litt about his father’s influence on improving his musical taste, the comedic inspiration of Frank Zappa, getting over stage fright with the help of XTC, the humor in De La Soul’s particular brand of hip hop, and more.

During the taping, Hader’s comedic prowess is in full force throughout, opening the session with, “This is great. You guys are going to have to sit and watch me listen to a song. At eleven o’clock at night. In a weird ass hotel.”

Hader was a standout during his eight seasons on Saturday Night Live and starred in Amy Schumer’s breakout comedy Trainwreck. The second season of his parody series Documentary Now! is airing now on IFC.

Bill Hader Guest DJ Project Tracklist:

1. Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention – “Who Needs the Peace Corp?”
2. XTC – “Making Plans for Nigel”
3. John Prine – “Hello in There”
4. NoMeansNo – “It’s Catching Up”
5. De La Soul – “Jenifa Taught Me (Derwin’s Revenge)”

Special Producer’s Cut Extended Version:


KCRW’s Guest DJ Project is an online-only special that features an array of cultural luminaries sharing and discussing songs that have inspired and moved them. Recent guests on KCRW’s Guest DJ Project include Eric Andre, Penn Jillette, W Kamau Bell and many more. All previous episodes can be found here.

Upcoming guests include Bruce Campbell, Emeril Lagasse, Andy Cohen, John Waters and more!

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