List of Saturday Night Live guests
Saturday Night Live (abbreviated as SNL) is a late-night sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels. It premiered on NBC, a terrestrial television network, on October 11, 1975 under the title NBC's Saturday Night. The show often satirizes contemporary American popular culture and politics. Saturday Night Live features a two-tiered cast: the repertory members, also known as the "Not Ready for Prime-Time Players", and newer cast members, known as "Featured Players."
A typical episode of SNL will feature a single host, who delivers the opening monologue and performs in sketches with the cast. While the format also features a musical guest, and a number of episodes have featured celebrity cameos, the focus of this article is the guest host.
George Carlin was first to host the show; Candice Bergen was the first woman to host the show a few weeks later and again hosted only six weeks after that. Guests that host five times (or more) are members of the Five-Timers Club (see below)—a term that originated on December 8, 1990, when Tom Hanks became the seventh person to host their fifth episode. Every so often, a host will also be the musical guest, such as first seen with Paul Simon on October 18, 1975, and, most recently, Drake on May 14, 2016.
List of Saturday Night Live hosts
Saturday Night Live has featured a wide array of hosts and musical guests. George Carlin served as the show's first host in October 1975; three episodes later, Candice Bergen became the first female host and the first to host more than once. Actor Alec Baldwin holds the record for most times hosting, having performed the duty on seventeen different occasions since 1990; Baldwin took the record from actor Steve Martin who has hosted fifteen times since 1976.
Several former cast members have returned to take on hosting duties. Original cast member Chevy Chase has hosted the most times, eight in total. Bill Murray and Tina Fey follow behind, having hosted five times. On December 11, 1982, Eddie Murphy became the only person to host while still a member of the cast, filling the role at the last minute when the scheduled host (his 48 Hours co-star Nick Nolte) became ill.
Musical guests can be solo acts or bands, who perform two to three musical numbers. Occasionally, the musical guest has also simultaneously served as the host. Paul Simon was the first example, hosting and performing on the second episode on October 18, 1975. As of May 19, 2012, Dave Grohl is the most frequent musical guest, performing on eleven shows since 1992.
In 1982, at age 7, Drew Barrymore became the youngest person to host the show. Actress Betty White is the oldest person to host, having done so at 88 years of age on May 8, 2010. Concerned about White's age and possible fatigue, her episode had Tina Fey, Molly Shannon, Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch and Amy Poehler on standby to replace her; White went on to appear in every sketch. In 2000, singer Britney Spears became the youngest person to both host and simultaneously serve as the show's musical guest, at 18 years and 161 days old.
In addition to making cameo appearances, political figures have also hosted the show. Al Gore hosted in 2002, the only former Vice President to do so. Presidential candidates, either former, current, or future, have served as hosts: Ralph Nader in 1977, George McGovern in 1984, Steve Forbes in 1996, Rudy Giuliani in 1997, John McCain in 2002, Al Sharpton in 2003, and Donald Trump in 2004 (promoting the reality TV hit The Apprentice) and again in 2015 as a presidential hopeful.
The Five-Timers Club is the group of performers who have hosted SNL at least five times. The club was first mentioned on the show on December 8, 1990 by Tom Hanks who, in his monologue, touched upon the fact that it was his fifth appearance as host:
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, Elliott Gould, and Paul Simon in the richly-appointed club. Martin and Gould were both five-time hosts; Simon had only hosted four episodes, but was accepted as a member due to his numerous appearances as a musical guest. The Five-Timers Club was mentioned to have a swimming pool with perfect 80 degree waters. The food that is served there is named after SNL performers. Then-Saturday Night Live writer Conan O'Brien portrayed Sean, the doorman of the club. Jon Lovitz appears as a club waiter. Ralph Nader appears as a former SNL host trying to get into the Five-Timers Club only for Lovitz to tell him and his group to leave.
The second time the Five-Timers Club was mentioned was when Danny DeVito was inducted in 1993. It was actually his sixth time hosting, but apparently they did not count the show he co-hosted with his wife Rhea Perlman. The Club was mentioned again after the mark was reached by hosts Alec Baldwin (1994), John Goodman (1994), Christopher Walken (2001), Drew Barrymore (2007), Justin Timberlake (2013), Ben Affleck (2013), Scarlett Johansson (2017) Melissa McCarthy (2017), and Dwayne Johnson (2017); Steve Martin appeared at the end of McCarthy's fifth episode to present her with a jacket, while Alec Baldwin did the same for Dwayne Johnson in the monologue of the season finale. McCarthy had previously mentioned the club on her fourth appearance, when she claimed to be eligible because she had also been in the 40th anniversary special.
Justin Timberlake's monologue from March 9, 2013 featured the reappearance of the richly-appointed club. The sketch features Paul Simon, Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks, and Candice Bergen. There were portraits of John Goodman and Drew Barrymore in the Five-Timers Club's Hall of Portraits. The staff at the Five-Timers Club are former cast members, with Dan Aykroyd (1975–79) and Martin Short (1984–85) appearing as the club's bartender and waiter, respectively. Future cast member Mike O'Brien makes an appearance as the doorman who greets Justin. The entertainment at the Five-Timers Club involves making the current SNL performers fight each other to the death, with Bobby Moynihan shown fighting Taran Killam.
Steve Martin was the fastest to join the Five-Timers club, hosting five times in only 546 days. Buck Henry is the only other member to join in less than four years, hosting five times in 671 days, although, in keeping with his persona on the show of being an undesirable or boring host, is said not to have been told about the club itself. The following people are members of the Five-Timers Club.
|First appearance||Fifth appearance||Time to reach club||Most recent appearance|
|Affleck, BenBen Affleck||5||February 19, 2000||May 18, 2013||13 years, 88 days||May 18, 2013|
|Baldwin, AlecAlec Baldwin||17||April 21, 1990||December 10, 1994||4 years, 233 days||February 11, 2017|
|Barrymore, DrewDrew Barrymore||6||November 20, 1982||February 3, 2007||24 years, 75 days||October 10, 2009|
|Bergen, CandiceCandice Bergen||5||November 8, 1975||May 19, 1990||14 years, 192 days||May 19, 1990|
|Chase, ChevyChevy Chase||8||February 18, 1978||December 6, 1986||8 years, 291 days||February 15, 1997|
|DeVito, DannyDanny DeVito||6||May 15, 1982||January 9, 1993||10 years, 239 days||December 11, 1999|
|Fey, TinaTina Fey||5||February 23, 2008||December 19, 2015||7 years, 299 days||December 19, 2015|
|Goodman, JohnJohn Goodman||13||December 2, 1989||May 7, 1994||4 years, 156 days||December 14, 2013|
|Gould, ElliottElliott Gould||6||January 10, 1976||February 16, 1980||4 years, 37 days||November 15, 1980|
|Hanks, TomTom Hanks||9||December 14, 1985||December 8, 1990||4 years, 359 days||October 22, 2016|
|Henry, BuckBuck Henry||10||January 17, 1976||November 19, 1977||1 year, 306 days||May 24, 1980|
|Johansson, ScarlettScarlett Johansson||5||January 14, 2006||March 11, 2017||11 years, 56 days||March 11, 2017|
|Johnson, DwayneDwayne Johnson||5||March 18, 2000||May 20, 2017||17 years, 63 days||May 20, 2017|
|Martin, SteveSteve Martin||15||October 23, 1976||April 22, 1978||1 year, 181 days||January 31, 2009|
|McCarthy, MelissaMelissa McCarthy||5||October 1, 2011||May 13, 2017||5 years, 224 days||May 13, 2017|
|Murray, BillBill Murray||5||March 7, 1981||February 20, 1999||17 years, 350 days||February 20, 1999|
|Simon, PaulPaul Simon||4[a][b]||October 18, 1975||May 10, 1986||10 years, 204 days||May 14, 2011|
|Timberlake, JustinJustin Timberlake||5[c]||October 11, 2003||March 9, 2013||9 years, 149 days||December 21, 2013|
|Walken, ChristopherChristopher Walken||7||January 20, 1990||May 19, 2001||11 years, 119 days||April 5, 2008|
a Simon has only guest-hosted four times but has been included in both Five-Timers Club sketches. The show credits him as co-host of the 100th episode even though a host is not officially credited in the opening sequence. His fifth appearance on the show was as a musical guest appearance.
b Out of his four appearances as host, Simon acted as both host and musical guest during one episode.
c Out of his five appearances as host, Timberlake acted as both host and musical guest during three episodes. During his most recent appearance on December 21, 2013, he was the musical guest while Jimmy Fallon hosted.
- Buck Henry was the first person to host five times, with his fifth appearance on November 19, 1977. The most recent to host five times are Scarlett Johansson (as of March 11, 2017), Melissa McCarthy (as of May 13, 2017), and Dwayne Johnson (as of May 20, 2017). This is the most people to join in a single year.
- As of February 11, 2017, Alec Baldwin held the record for hosting SNL the most frequently, with 17 episodes, beating out Steve Martin, with 15 episodes. In 2006, both made a cameo appearance when the other hosted, with Martin, up by one at the time, attempting to kill Baldwin before he could tie his record. When Baldwin hosted for the 15th time in 2010, Martin appeared on a television congratulating him during the monologue, but Baldwin turns and pushes him off the stage. On September 24, 2011, Baldwin finally broke Martin's record for most host appearances with his appearance on the 37th-season premiere; Martin appeared during the monologue to administer a drug test (a satirical reference to long-running scandal regarding steroid use in Major League Baseball), wanting to make sure that the person who broke his record had done so fairly.
- Chevy Chase was the first SNL cast member to come back and host the show, and the first to join the Five-Timers Club. Cast members Bill Murray and Tina Fey later joined the Club.
The Five-Timers Club has been referenced in other media since its creation in 1990. The entertainment channel E! placed it #22 on its list of SNL top moments. The club was also referenced by Fox Sports as the basis behind the creation of the "Favre Backup Club" which seeks to be the "NFL's equivalent" to the Five-Timers Club.
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