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Keith Morrison surprises longtime impersonator Bill Hader, records epic Dateline promo: Watch

on June 03, 2019, 8:38am

Not everyone gets to meet their idols.

Don’t tell that to Bill Hader, who recently had a surprise run-in with his longtime hero Keith Morrison. During this past Sunday’s episode of Today, the Dateline host floored the Barry star after popping his head into his chat.

The whole thing went down as Hader was being shown how the proverbial meat is made for Dateline, specifically Morrison’s narration. Hader was told Morrison was calling in from Los Angeles, only to come around the corner.

“I knew he was gonna be here,” Hader screams in delight, “I knew he was gonna be here!” If you ever wanna know what supreme joy on a grown adult’s face looks like, well, then you don’t want to miss this fun rendevous.

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For context, Hader has long impersonated Morrison to perfection over the past two decades, particularly on Saturday Night Live, where he was often instigated by his pal and writer John Mulaney.

Catch both the Today clip and Hader’s impersonation below. The two eventually go on to record a Dateline promo together, and if you’re NBC, you’re probably thinking, How do we make this happen on the regular?