A proposed "Saturday Night Live" sketch that failed to make the final show when Justin Bieber hosted last February has surfaced online -- and footage from the disastrous dress rehearsal run-through makes it obvious why the skit never aired on NBC.
In the video, Bill Hader and fellow "SNL" writers John Solomon and Rob Klein introduce a sketch called "Song For Daddy," which co-starred Bieber and which Hader (who recently departed "SNL") describes as "the greatest train wreck ever." In the skit, Hader plays a Southern-fried country singer and frontman for a four-piece band which includes Bieber's character as a long-haired keyboardist.
The trouble starts early: a wall from the set wobbles and almost falls on Bieber, and although Hader doesn't break character during the incident ("Ah, the stage almost fell on ya, son. That would've sucked"), Bieber looks annoyed, confused and declares "That's not part of it!" The rest of the sketch is not quite as dangerous, but lacks rousing punchlines -- a reveal about a four-neck pink guitar gets no reaction, and when the prospective audience is shown to be a confused group at a "Steve Harvey Show" taping, the Rock Center studios fall silent.
Part of the problem, according to Hader, was that the entire audience at that "SNL" episode was there to watch Bieber, who had a supporting role in the offbeat skit. "I'm just looking at young girls looking at me wondering, 'When is Justin going to do something? Is this really about this old man?'" Hader recalls.
Bieber's Feb. 9 stint on "Saturday Night Live" coincided with the release of his "Believe Acoustic" album, which became his fifth Billboard 200 chart-topper.