Saturday, August 13, 2011

Saturday Night Live: 5-Timers Club... what is it?

Saturday Night Live's Five Timer's Club is the group of performers who has either hosted or appeared as a musical guest on Saturday Night Live at least five times.

The club was first mentioned on SNL on December 8, 1990, during the opening monologue. Tom Hanks was making his fifth appearance as host, and the milestone became the subject of a sketch:

“Believe it or not, this is the fifth Saturday Night Live I have been lucky enough to host. Now, the first time you do the show, you can't believe you're here. You just can't believe it. Your head buzzes with excitement. The second time you do the show, it means you were funny enough to be asked back - and you're pushing a movie. The third time you do the show, the second time didn't go so well, and you have something to prove to yourself. The fourth time you do the show, you're just blatantly pushing a movie. But the fifth time you do the show is the most special time of all, because you get this.. [holds up a card] ..a membership card in the Five-Timers Club. Come with me.. [walks off the stage] I'm gonna give you a chance to look in on one of the most exclusive clubs in the world."

After Hanks gave his monologue, the show segued to a sketch featuring Hanks, Steve Martin, Elliot Gould and Paul Simon in the richly-appointed club. Martin and Gould were both 5-time hosts; Simon had only appeared as a host of SNL three times, but counting his multiple appearances as a musical guest, was said to be a member of the club.

Conan O'Brien, who at that time was a writer on SNL and not a well-known public figure, was the doorman of the Five-Timers Club in the original skit.

The Five Timer's Club has been mentioned again after the following hosts reached the mark: Danny DeVito (in 1993), Alec Baldwin (1994), John Goodman (1994), Christopher Walken (2001) and Drew Barrymore (2007). A similar sketch was part of Alec Baldwin's November 11, 2006 show. The sketch, featuring Baldwin and Steve Martin, took place in the "Platinum Lounge", which allowed only 12-time hosts, and forbid working cast members from entry.

So here are the members of the 5-timer club, listed by the most appearances:

Steve Martin - 15 host
Alec Baldwin - 15 host
John Goodman - 12 host
Paul Simon - 12 total (3 host/ 1 host & musical guest/ 8 musical guest)
Buck Henry - 10 host
Dave Grohl - 10 musical guest
Tom Hanks - 8 host
Chevy Chase (SNL Alumnus) - 8 host
Tom Petty - 8 musical guest
Christopher Walken - 7 host
Randy Newman - 6 musical guest
Elliott Gould - 6 host
James Taylor - 6 musical guest
Danny DeVito - 6 host
Sting - 6 total (1 host/ 1 host & musical guest/ 4 musical guest)
Beck - 6 musical guest
Drew Barrymore - 6 host
Foo Fighters - 6 musical guest
Candice Bergen - 5 host
Bill Murray (SNL Alumnus) - 5 host
Dave Matthews - 5 musical guest
Jon Bon Jovi - 5 total (1 host/ 4 musical guest)
Eminem - 5 musical guest
Justin Timberlake - 5 total (2 host/ 2 host & musical guest/ 1 musical guest)

If you'd like more information and the list of dates that these folks first appeared as a host or musical guest, last appeared as a host or musical guest, and the date they joined the 5-timer club, click here (it also lists all the folks who are only one appearance away from getting in the Five-Timers Club):

In Andy-related thoughts, do you think Andy will ever host? First he needs to find success outside of SNL.


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