This interview was originally broadcast on Aug. 22, 2012.
Comedian Bill Hader is adept onstage and doing live TV. But he's scared to death of standup.
He remembers watching Chris Rock's 1996 HBO special, Bring the Pain, and thinking, "I don't know how people do that."
"I need a character," Hader tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "I need people out there with me."
So Hader has stuck with sketch comedy — where he's been wildly successful.