What is the joke in ‘Sidney Applebaum’ on SNL?

What is the joke in ‘Sidney Applebaum’ on SNL?

It’s funny for the reasons mentioned, about the inside joke between Hader and John Mulaney, but the the audience is not laughing at that right? They have no clue about the back story.

The reason the joke works is two fold.

  1. Irony: the audience is set up by the Blackula comment, so they are ready for the Jewish Dracula to have, possibly, a cool sounding name, but it turns out to be a totally lame, unmistakable and ordinary sounding Jewish name. Also people tend to stereotype Jewish people as being very conservative and sensible. This also makes the joke funny, at least in my mind.
  2. Also the crowd absolutely loves it when Bill Hader breaks character and starts laughing uncontrollably. Hader has a reputation on the show for being fairly easy to break.

Regardless Hader and Mulaney are comedic geniuses and had a great run with this character Stefon. Hopefully, they don’t ruin it by trying to make a Stefon movie.

Its based off a line from the old Woody Allen comedy “Love and Death” where a french general is talking about how his victory will cause the whole world to remember his name “Sidney Applebaum.”

Sidney Applebaum
Sidney Applebaum

It’s just one of those wonderful nonsequiturs that make Allen’s movies great. As for Stefan, Bill Hader only knows a chunk of the script going into it, and the rest is a surprise (as seen by his frequent chuckle breaks.)

As a comedian, undoubtedly this would have struck him as hilarious, and as for the audience, they are just laughing either because some of them know the movie line and they get it or because they know they are supposed to.

What is the joke in ‘Sidney Applebaum’ on SNL?

Sidney Applebaum is a character from the Woody Allen movie, ‘Love and Death‘. In the movie, the character says:

They call me mad, but one day when the history of France is written, they will mark my name well… Sidney Applebaum!


The humour in this comes from the incongruity between a person history will remember and the lameness of the name.

As explained in this Daily Beast interview:

Bill Hader Is Sad to Leave ‘Saturday Night Live’ (and Stefon) Behind

The Jewish Dracula named Sidney Applebaum made me laugh really hard, not because that’s such a funny joke of that name, but that name is from one of our favorite jokes in the Woody Allen movie Love and Death, where a guy is talking about how history will mark his name, Sidney Applebaum, and it’s just the latest name. It just made us laugh. So it was all very personal.

What is the joke in ‘Sidney Applebaum’ on SNL?

It’s just one of those wonderful nonsequiturs that make Allen’s movies great.

As for Stefan, Bill Hader only knows a chunk of the script going into it, and the rest is a surprise (as seen by his frequent chuckle breaks.)

As a comedian, undoubtedly this would have struck him as hilarious, and as for the audience, they are just laughing either because some of them know the movie line and they get it or because they know they are supposed to.

Sidney Applebaum

The reason the joke works is two-fold.

Irony : the audience is set up by the Blackula comment, so they are ready for the Jewish Dracula to have, possibly, a cool sounding name, but it turns out to be a totally lame, unmistakable and ordinary sounding Jewish name. Also, people tend to stereotype Jewish people as being very conservative and sensible. This also makes the joke funny, at least in my mind.

Also, the crowd absolutely loves it when Bill Hader breaks character and starts laughing uncontrollably. Hader has a reputation on the show for being fairly easy to break.

Regardless Hader and Mulaney are comedic geniuses and had a great run with this character Stefon. Hopefully, they don’t ruin it by trying to make a Stefon movie.

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