List of Saturday Night Live guests

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George Carlin, the first person to host Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live (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 usually satirizes contemporary American popular culture and politics. SNL 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 the show is the guest host.

George Carlin was the 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 that originated on December 8, 1990, when Tom Hanks became the seventh person to host their fifth episode.[1] On occasion, a host will also be the musical guest, such as first seen with Paul Simon on October 18, 1975, and most recently, Nick Jonas on February 27, 2021.

List of Saturday Night Live hosts[edit]

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;[2] three episodes later, Candice Bergen became the first female host[3] and the first to host more than once.[4] Actor Alec Baldwin holds the record for most times hosting, having performed the duty on seventeen occasions since 1990; Baldwin took the record from actor Steve Martin who has hosted fifteen times since 1976.[5]

Several former cast members have returned to take on hosting duties. Original cast member Chevy Chase has hosted the most times, eight in total. Tina Fey follows behind, having hosted six times, while Bill Murray and Will Ferrell have 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.[6][7]

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 December 16, 2017, Dave Grohl is the most frequent musical guest, performing on thirteen shows since 1992.[8][9]

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.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12]

In addition to making cameo appearances, political figures have also hosted the show. Donald Trump, who hosted in 2004 (promoting the reality TV show The Apprentice) and again in 2015 as a presidential hopeful, is the only host who eventually became President of the United States. Al Gore hosted in 2002, the only former vice president to do so. Presidential candidates, either former, current, or future, have served as hosts: in addition to Trump and Gore, there was Ralph Nader (1977), Jesse Jackson and George McGovern (both 1984), Steve Forbes (1996), Rudy Giuliani (1997), John McCain (2002), and Al Sharpton (2003). Although not a host, Sarah Palin appeared on SNL in 2008 after weeks of Tina Fey doing impressions of her on the show. In more recent years, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have both appeared on the show during their presidential campaigns, in 2016 and 2020, respectively.

Five-Timers Club[edit]

The Five-Timers Club is the group of performers who have hosted SNL at least five times.[13][14][15][16] SNL's first on-air mention of the Club occurred on December 8, 1990, when Tom Hanks mentioned that it was his fifth appearance as host in his monologue:

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.[17]

Actor Alec Baldwin has hosted the show more than anyone else, 17 times between 1990 and 2017, in addition to numerous guest appearances.

After Hanks delivers his monologue, the show segued to a sketch featuring Hanks, Steve Martin, Elliott Gould, and Paul Simon in the richly appointed private 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. The club was mentioned again after the mark was reached by hosts John Goodman (1994), Alec Baldwin (1994), Christopher Walken (2001), Drew Barrymore (2007), Justin Timberlake (2013), Ben Affleck (2013), Scarlett Johansson (2017), Melissa McCarthy (2017), Dwayne Johnson (2017), and Jonah Hill (2018).

Justin Timberlake's monologue on 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 Timberlake. 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. When Melissa McCarthy hosted the show for the fifth time, Five-Timers Club member Steve Martin appeared in the goodnights to welcome her to the club. When Dwayne Johnson hosted the show for the fifth time, fellow five-timers Baldwin and Tom Hanks appeared in the monologue to welcome him to the club.

On November 3, 2018, the club is seen again as part of the monologue of actor/director Jonah Hill.[18] He is taken there by Five-Timer Tina Fey (her first appearance in the lounge). Once in, he is greeted by Candice Bergen and Drew Barrymore. Seeing no men in the club, Hill wonders if it's "Ladies Night". He is told by Fey that the other men "are not allowed in right now" because of presumed harassment problems. Kenan Thompson, working as staff that night, brings Bergen a drink called a "Pete Davidson". Hill is surprised to see Thompson there wondering if he is occasionally allowed in, to which Thompson replies, "Yeah, man, this is my show. I let you in here sometimes," referencing Thompson's long tenure on the show. Eventually, Thompson brings Hill his jacket, which has been re-designed by the women in a more feminine cut.

Steve Martin was the fastest to join the Five-Timers club, hosting five times in 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.

Name Total appearances
as host
First appearance Fifth appearance Time to reach club Most recent hosting appearance
Ben Affleck[1] 5 February 19, 2000 May 18, 2013 13 years, 88 days May 18, 2013
Alec Baldwin[1] 17 April 21, 1990 December 10, 1994 4 years, 233 days February 11, 2017
Drew Barrymore[1] 6 November 20, 1982 February 3, 2007 24 years, 75 days October 10, 2009
Candice Bergen[1] 5 November 8, 1975 May 19, 1990 14 years, 192 days May 19, 1990
Chevy Chase [1] 8 February 18, 1978 December 6, 1986 8 years, 291 days February 15, 1997
Danny DeVito[1] 6 May 15, 1982 January 9, 1993 10 years, 239 days December 11, 1999
Will Ferrell[1] 5 May 14, 2005 November 23, 2019 14 years, 193 days November 23, 2019
Tina Fey[1] 6 February 23, 2008 December 19, 2015 7 years, 299 days May 19, 2018
John Goodman[19][1] 13 December 2, 1989 May 7, 1994 4 years, 156 days December 14, 2013
Elliott Gould[1] 6 January 10, 1976 February 16, 1980 4 years, 37 days November 15, 1980
Tom Hanks[20][1] 10 December 14, 1985 December 8, 1990 4 years, 359 days April 11, 2020
Buck Henry[1] 10 January 17, 1976 November 19, 1977 1 year, 306 days May 24, 1980
Jonah Hill[1] 5 March 15, 2008 November 3, 2018 10 years, 233 days November 3, 2018
Scarlett Johansson[1] 6 January 14, 2006 March 11, 2017 11 years, 56 days December 14, 2019
Dwayne Johnson[1] 5 March 18, 2000 May 20, 2017 17 years, 63 days May 20, 2017
Steve Martin[21][1] 15 October 23, 1976 April 22, 1978 1 year, 181 days January 31, 2009
Melissa McCarthy[1] 5 October 1, 2011 May 13, 2017 5 years, 224 days May 13, 2017
Bill Murray[1] 5 March 7, 1981 February 20, 1999 17 years, 350 days February 20, 1999
Paul Simon 4[a][b] October 18, 1975 May 10, 1986 10 years, 204 days December 19, 1987
Justin Timberlake[1] 5[c] October 11, 2003 March 9, 2013 9 years, 149 days March 9, 2013
Christopher Walken[22][1] 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.

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.

  • 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 is Will Ferrell (November 23, 2019).
  • Alec Baldwin holds the record for hosting SNL the most, 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 a 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, Tina Fey, and Will Ferrell later joined the club; Fey is the only female cast alum in the club.

The Five-Timers Club has been referenced in other media since its creation in 1990:

  • The entertainment channel E! placed it at No. 22 on its list of SNL top moments.[citation needed]
  • The club was referenced by Fox Sports writer Peter Schrager as his basis for the "Favre Backup Club", a rundown of notable names who have held the spot behind NFL quarterback Brett Favre on the depth chart.[23]
  • The club has also been spoofed by SNL itself: Emma Stone, during her fourth appearance as host in April 2019, anticipated "Four-Timers Club" honors in her monologue. To that end, she was given a hastily improvised song by Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson; a MedicAlert bracelet from the wrist of Aidy Bryant (in lieu of a gold card); "cameos" from various celebrities, which were in actuality impressions by Melissa Villaseñor and Kyle Mooney (Stone was blindfolded beforehand); and a Four-Timers jacket by Chris Redd (it was really a jean jacket with the number 4 spray-painted on the back).

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