Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Best 'Saturday Night Live' Hosts EVER

Megan Fox did a decent job hosting this week, and we're pretty excited that Ryan Reynolds is coming up next.

Here are Yahoo's pics (choices) for best SNL hosts EVAARRRRR!!!

1. Steve Martin
Comedian and "Wild and Crazy Guy" Steve Martin is so ingrained in the fabric of "Saturday Night Live" that some people mistakenly believe he was once a Not-Ready-for-Prime-Time Player... But Steve has hosted "SNL" more than anyone else, 15 times so far. Aside from the Festrunk Brothers, Martin's memorable "SNL" moments include a sublime dance number with Gilda Radner and a fully costumed performance of his novelty song masterpiece, "King Tut." Don't think Steve's the best? Well, ex-cccuuuuuuusssssseeeeee us.

[Editor: Steve Martin got highly involved in Laser Cats 4, and Andy talked to him before Steve threw Alec out the window. That's mostly all that Andy and Steve have done together. I think TLI should film a sequel to King Tutt with Steve.]

2. Alec Baldwin
Until we saw him on "Saturday Night Live" for the first time in 1990, we always thought of Alec Baldwin as the serious, handsome Jack Ryan he played in "Hunt for Red October." Sure, he'd been in some comedies, such as "Beetlejuice" and "Working Girl," but he wasn't particularly funny in those roles. At the real-life 30 Rock, he clearly found a place he could cut loose and let his inner comedian shine through...

[Editor: SNL pretty much kept his career afloat; plus it got him his gig on 30 Rock, and he's just hitting his prime now as a result. 30 Rock just won him an Emmy. Alec hasn't done much with Andy Samberg (a hot dog skit comes to mind).]

3. Paul Simon
Singer-songwriter Paul Simon brought his low-key comedy stylings to "SNL" four times as host (he appeared seven more times as a musical guest)... [He's old school-tastic.]

4. Christopher Walken
When we think of Christopher Walken and "SNL," we always think of these five words: "I gotta have more cowbell!" But in Walken's seven hosting slots, he's had some pretty great skits, including the [recent] Walken family reunion, in which the entire cast - black and white alike - did their best impressions of the edgy actor...

[Editor: Andy was in that impressions skit, and Christopher Walken participated in a Laser Cats, but that's mostly the extent of their collaborations together.]

5. Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake has hosted "SNL" three times, but there are so many hysterical skits in those shows that it seems like he's done the job more than Steve Martin.

[Editor: In addition, he's performed in 3 episodes (one as the musical guest), and he's cameod in 5 additional episodes. So he's appeared in a total of 9 episodes. That's why it seems like he's been on as much as Steve Martin; cuz he's actually appeared more than Walken has.]

He's a riot on the comedy show, and we're not the only ones who think so. The Grammy-winning singer has actually received two Emmy awards for his "Saturday Night Live" turns. The first came in 2007 when he and "SNL" castmember Andy Samberg won an Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics statue for their Digital Short "D*&k in a Box." Earlier this month, he won another. This time, more than just his musical talents were recognized (although he was also nominated for writing "SNL's" "Motherlover" and "I Love Sports" from the ESPY awards), the pop star took home Emmy gold as Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.

[Editor: In addition to the sketches listed above, Andy did the hilarious Immigrants skit with JT, where they contemplated what their descendants (i.e. themselves) would be like. In addition, Andy and JT did the Beyonce Single Ladies backup dancers skit (Bobby Moynihan's idea), and they appeared as Cathy and her husband in a WU mock of the comic strip characters (and Jessica Biel knocked us out as Jessica Rabbit).]

6. Buck Henry
Ten-time "SNL" host Buck Henry was a staple on the show between 1976 and 1980, making an annual tradition of MCing the final episode of each season. He also built a stable of recurring characters along the way. Among them were Howard the stunt coordinator; noogie master Todd DiLaMuca's father, Marshall; and creepy Uncle Roy. But it was in his most memorable role that Buck really took one for the comedy team. As the straight man to John Belushi's Samurai Futaba, Henry stood by as the unpredictable comedian wielded a real Samurai sword in skit after skit. In a 1976 sketch, Buck was struck by Belushi's blade in the Samurai Stockbroker's office. He didn't let the cut stop him. He did the rest of the show with a bandage on his head. Never ones to miss out on a joke, the whole cast joined in and did the rest of the episode with bandages on their heads, too.

7. Tom Hanks
Everybody loves Tom Hanks, and everybody loves Tom Hanks on "SNL."...

[Editor: He appeared with Andy Samberg in the TLI "My Testicles" song. It's underappreciated and absolutely hilarious.]

8. Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris seems to be the man of the hour, following his tour de force hosting gig at this year's Emmy Awards. But we wonder if NPH would've had that shot if he hadn't hosted the Tonys. And we're pretty sure that he wouldn't have landed the Tony gig if not for his performance last season on "SNL." Proving that his years of experience on TV, films, and on Broadway have paid off, Neil Patrick showed versatility as he jumped from a "Today Show" skit to the "Doogie Howser" theme song digital short to Fran, the air traffic controller with the long fingernails. Now if we could get him and Justin Timberlake to cohost, it would be a flawless show.

9. Candice Bergen
Candice Bergen has cred in the "SNL" host world... because she was the first woman to MC the show... And she was funny to boot... Shades of Murphy Brown's comedic timing to come.

10. John Goodman
John Goodman has hosted "SNL" 12 times - including MCing the show once a season for 11 years in a row. The burly sitcom star immortalized a lot of roles, considering he was never a series regular. There was Pat Arnold, a Mike Ditka-obsessed fan of "Da Bears" (his part was originated by Mike Myers, but he took it over when Myers left the show, explaining the difference in appearance as weight gain). And, of course, there was his turn as "Mighty" Mack McTeer - John Belushi's "Blues Brothers" replacement - a part he would continue to play in live shows and in the film "Blues Brothers 2000." But his most infamous role had to be his appearances as Linda Tripp from the Monica Lewinsky scandal days. [He guest appeared 4 times just to play Linda Tripp.]

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Thanks to Tisha Loves Comedy! for the scoop!


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