On Saturday, comedian and former Saturday Night Live writer John Mulaney posted a hilarious backstage photo of the SNL cast from October 2008. Dressed like characters from the AMC period drama Mad Men, the cast demonstrates their level of commitment for the sake of a joke, easily deserving an “A” for effort.
Take a look:
Wait! But on the Monday when Jon Hamm first hosted in October 2008 all of us went to the pitch meeting dressed as Mad Men characters. Then “as part of the joke” everyone started day drinking. Jon Hamm, new to the show, walked in to be greeted by drunk Comic-Con. It was the best pic.twitter.com/QmWOYQIJSc
— John Mulaney (@mulaney) April 14, 2018
Requiring more than a quick glance to fully take everything in, the photo has a Where’s Waldo-level of detail. The more you look, the more you notice.
Twitter was more than happy to deconstruct it, quickly homing in on their favorite parts:
This picture has EVERYTHING.
— Iiiiiiidiot_OW (@hollywhacamole) April 14, 2018
A long-haired and bearded Colin Jost received a lot of attention:
— Allison (@alliJsaurus) April 14, 2018
Holy beard, Jost.
— Carrie Smisek (@carriechameleon) April 14, 2018
I’m… unsettled by Jost’s entire hair situation there
— Emily Ward (@omgitsemilyward) April 14, 2018
Colin Jost looks like a member of The Decemberists
— Peeper Bogdanovich (@beafos) April 14, 2018
As did Jason Sudeikis:
— SNL Afterparty (@snlpodcast) April 14, 2018
Of course Mr @oliviawilde Jason Sudeikis looks like he actually stepped off of a time machine
— Mike Miller (@mikemiller31750) April 14, 2018
And Bill Hader had no haters:
— Adam Zeph (@zeph_and) April 14, 2018
Oh my god Bill Hader
— Cheyanne Dunn (@CheyDunn) April 14, 2018
Bill Hader is so beautiful.
— G. W. Scott (@PattonFanBoy) April 14, 2018
Some other standouts:
Fred looks like he was just minding his business, doing his work like a good boy and suddenly was caught up in “let's make smoking great again” convention
— memepi (@memepidaily) April 14, 2018
Hahaha! Amy was pregnant!
— kittymama1218 (@kittymama1218) April 14, 2018
— Susie Felber (@susiefelber) April 14, 2018
I’ve narrowed this picture down to three great parts.
Samberg with the cigarette about to fall out of his mouth.
Hader being Hader.
And Sudeikis looking exactly the same as he does at any time, drunk or not.
— Dylan Gronlund (@Dylan_Gronlund) April 14, 2018
For the most part fans loved it, though a number of people noticed the cast’s lack of diversity:
and then to extend the mad men parody, you didn't hire any people of color
— Max Rodriguez (@maddogdraws) April 14, 2018
Me: I love these folks, so funny!
Also me: trying to find POC at SNL pic.twitter.com/iYQOXkjbv3
— DeEtta! (@DeeisforDaDamn) April 14, 2018
Wow so many white people. Guess it didn’t occur to anyone to hire some people of color??
— roxanne marquez (@roxybebop) April 14, 2018
— Wyatte Strazz (@wyyyyyit) April 14, 2018
There was one mystery person, but he was quickly identified:
Who is the 7-year-old SNL writer? pic.twitter.com/fmzPnHSoUh
— Ted Trembley (@Ted_Trembley) April 14, 2018
It’s Simon Rich. He’s written loads of insanely funny things including an episode of the Simpsons
— Edward Naylor (@EddieNails) April 14, 2018
But it was Hannah who asked the question on all our minds:
Why do you wait 10 years to show us great stuff like this?!?!?
— Hannah (@HannahHanzie) April 14, 2018