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Breaking once during a skit is fine. It’s a rare moment of relatability between performer and audience. Breaking multiple times during a skit, however, is decidedly less charming. It’s annoying and unprofessional and the reason we hated Jimmy Fallon before the whole Trump-toussle thing. That said, Bill Hader’s relentless breaks as fan-favorite character Stefon during his Saturday Night Live hosting gig this past Saturday are more forgivable, if only for collaborator John Mulaney’s well-known penchant for putting new jokes on the cue cards in between dress and air.

Hader’s Stefon was clearly caught off-guard when he appeared on Weekend Update, giggling through bizarre bits involving Larry King, Billy Idol, and Denzel Washington’s Oscar-nominated turn as Roman J. Israel, Esq. His biggest break, however, came when Mulaney himself popped on stage as Stefon’s lawyer (and “conceptual piss artist”), Shy. Fishnet-clad with briefcase in hand, Shy appeared only for a moment, whispering something into Hader’s ear that made the actor drop all pretenses. Now, after an interview on last night’s Late Night With Seth Meyers, we know just what it was.

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“John Mulaney writes Stefon and is our dear friend, and he came out as Stefon’s lawyer… As well as a ‘conceptual piss artist,’” Hader, still laughing at the memory, told Myers. “And he whispered in my ear to make me laugh, ‘My girlfriend works at Yoshinoya Beef Bowl,’ which is a restaurant chain in L.A.”

Revisit the sketch below, listen close, and marvel at the weird shit that can break even the best comedians.

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