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Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 05/02/2011

Is Bill Hader of ‘SNL’ a political wonk? He takes a quiz to find out

The White House Correspondents’ Dinner — held
Bill Hader, earning political-wonk extra credit by hanging out with Rahm Emanuel at the Bloomberg/Vanity Fair White House Correspondents' Dinner after-party. (Andrew Harrer - BLOOMBERG)
Saturday, in case you missed the Seth Meyers-related memo — brought a cavalcade of celebrities to Washington. Some of them, such as Sean Penn, are actively involved in political affairs. Others not so much.

In an effort to determine how politically inclined some of this weekend’s famous partygoers were, I created a five-question political-wonk quiz. Bill Hader of “Saturday Night Live” and such films as “Paul” and “Superbad” agreed to give it a shot, despite his initial confusion about exactly what he had agreed to do.

“What’s a wonk?” Hader asked. A political geek, I explained. “Oh, I’m not a political geek,” he said. We’ll see about that.

(Joe Mazzello of “The Social Network” also took the quiz; his results will be published tomorrow.)

1. Do you use the term “majority whip” in sentences on a regular basis?

Hader: When I worked in a whip store. [Editor’s note: It’s not clear that Hader ever worked in a whip store.]

2. Do you ever DVR C-Span’s morning programming so you can watch when you get home from work?

Hader: I DVR C-Span in the morning so I can watch in the middle of the night.

Do you really?

Hader: No.

Could you identify Rep. John Boehner in a crowd?

Hader: Yeah, because of his tan.

When someone mentions that you should bring beach reading on vacation, do you immediately think of your back issues of the Atlantic and National Journal?

Hader: I don’t know what that means. [Laughs]

Last question. Is what you know about American government based mostly on: A. what you learned in history class; B. what you read now regarding current events; or C. “Schoolhouse Rock”?

Hader: “Schoolhouse Rock.” It’s filled with all that stuff.

Hader’s grade: Not very wonky. But honestly, we prefer him that way.

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Categories:  White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, Political Statement

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