The Emmy award-winning Saturday Night Live (SNL) has been a popular show since its inception in 1975. Throughout these 45 years of the show’s successful run, various actors, comedians, and imminent TV personalities have hosted and tickled our funny bones.
However, some of these hosts stand out from all and have made it to our following top five list.
Alec Baldwin has hosted SNL 16 times between 1990 and 2011, highest among all others. His engaging screen presence, along with a ridiculously funny punchline made SNL even more enjoyable. From hilarious, witty skits like “Brenda the Waitress” to the all-time favorites NPR’s Delicious Dish: Schweddy Balls, Baldwin was one of the greatest in the show’s history.
Following closely behind Baldwin, Martin has hosted the show 15 times and is one of the most successful hosts of the series ever. He is the creator of some of the most iconic characters of SNL, like the “wild and crazy” Festrunk Brothers, King Tut, as well as A Holiday Wish. Moreover, his sketches and quotes garnered the show even more popularity over the years.
Walken might not have been the more illustrated hosts like his counterparts. Still, his famous catchphrases and sketches like the one about Bruce Dickinson involving “more cowbell!” have become unforgettable bits of SNL history. He has hosted the show seven times and remains as one of SNL’s best for his memorable sketches.
John Goodman has hosted the show 13 times and has also made nine appearances as a special guest. His most iconic character was in a skit where he played the role of Linda Skitt. Skitt showcased the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal back in the ’90s and was one of the most explosive SNL acts.
Relatively new to SNL family, Justin Timberlake has hosted the show only five times but has managed to leave his mark as one of the best hosts. Especially his collaborations with Jimmy Fallon has brought ingenious sketches like The Andy Gibb Show and Wrappinville to our TV screens.
Moreover, his musical parody videos and individual episodes with Andy Samberg have created some of the most viral SNL sketches, which are loved by audiences across the world.
McCarthy became an SNL sensation after her epic portrayal of former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Although she has hosted the show five times, her witty content has made her one of the most memorable hosts of the show.
She has been nominated for the Emmys every year she conducted SNL and went on to win the award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2017. From Sheila Kelly to Gaye Fontaine, her portrayal of characters has always been a pleasure to watch, thus making her one of the favorites of the show!
Political satires to current situations, Presidents to bureaucrats, SNL has a way to bring it all in. Moreover, thanks to fantastic hosts like these, the show managed to reach and hold on to its popularity through several decades. So, go ahead, check these out and have a good laugh today!