Bill Hader’s Best Parenting Advice: Just Say Yes

09/26/2013 at 11:00 AM ET

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As a father to two daughters, funnyman Bill Hader has some sound advice for new fathers — don’t say no, whatever the task may be.

Whatever your wife asks, say yes,” the former Saturday Night Live star, 35, told PEOPLE at a screening of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 hosted by Mamarazzi in New York City on Wednesday.

“Just say yes and your life will be so much easier. If your wife asks you to drive to LAX at 2 a.m. to pick up a piece of luggage, do it!”

Say yes, and don’t forget to take out the trash. It’s one of the secrets to Hader’s successful marriage to The To Do List writer and director Maggie Carey.

“I’m all about trash — she won’t even deal with trash,” he says of who shares what responsibilities for the family.

“I was gone for a week working and I came back and the garbage cans were still on the curb. Maggie wouldn’t even bring them back in. I was like, ‘You can’t just take the empty ones?’’ And her response was, ‘I make lunch, you never make lunch — you never make anything.’ And I said, ‘You know what, that’s a fair tradeoff!’ I accept.”

As for his growing girls — Hannah, 4 in October, and Harper, 14 months — it turns out they might have inherited their parents’ funny bone.

“They’re becoming so funny,” Hader says. “My wife is really funny and it’s cool to see; the bits they play with each other and the silliness about them.”

— Kim Peiffer

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Megan on

Lol I love his sense of humor.

Jess on

His wife sounds like a brat. When my husband is gone for a long period of time I definitely don’t just leave the trash out on the curb or overflowing in the can. Take turns taking out the trash and cooking!

airstreamingypsy on

I’m so sad that Bill has left SNL, I think he’s the funniest guy that has ever been in the cast of SNL. I hope he guest hosts often,

Anonymous on

Jess, why doesn’t he sound like a brat for not helping her with the cooking and taking turns?