Saturday Night Live often relies on the chemistry between the host and cast to create an uproariously funny show. These 25 hosts stole the spotlight and helped create classic SNL moments:
1. Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump impressions viciously mock the former president. He currently holds the record for most hosting appearances.
2. Tom Hanks
With his affable charm and comedic chops, Tom Hanks gamely participates in silly sketches again and again.
3. Steve Martin
A seasoned veteran, Steve Martin knows how to lend veteran energy to sketches and collaborate with the cast.
4. Melissa McCarthy
Melissa McCarthy’s fearless physical comedy creates recurring laugh riot characters like Sean Spicer.
5. John Goodman
John Goodman’s gruff intensity makes him hilarious in bizarre situations opposite the regulars.
6. Betty White
Even in her 80s, comedic treasure Betty White killed with a memorably raunchy and hilarious 2010 hosting stint.
7. Christopher Walken
Christopher Walken’s weird energy and speech patterns make for consistently offbeat, amazing hosting turns.
8. Bill Murray
Deadpan fan favorite Bill Murray delights with his quirky, dry hosting style. See his Nick the Lounge Singer bits.
9. Dwayne Johnson
Dwayne Johnson will gamely participate in tutus, wigs and anything silly required for big laughs.
10. Dave Chappelle
Dave Chappelle’s legendary monologues and participation in sketches make his rare hosting spots unforgettable.
11. Justin Timberlake
Pop star Justin Timberlake transforms into a versatile, eager cast member whenever he hosts.
12. Conan O’Brien
Former writer Conan O’Brien embraces the show’s randomness whenever he hosts.
13. Maya Rudolph
Former SNL cast member Maya Rudolph slips right back in with characters like Gemma the page.
14. Zach Galifianakis
Oddball favorite Zach Galifianakis loves participating in surreal digital shorts when hosting.
15. Louis C.K.
Before his fall from grace, Louis C.K. hosted honestly funny episodes that engaged with his controversies.
16. Chance the Rapper
Energetic rapper Chance the Rapper threw himself into sketches with enthusiasm when hosting.
17. Larry David
Curb Your Enthusiasm star Larry David brought his hilariously cranky misanthropy to hosting duties.
18. Ben Affleck
Longtime fan Ben Affleck always looks happy to finally live his dream of hosting.
19. Chris Hemsworth
Dreamboat Chris Hemsworth impressed with surprisingly slick comedic chops hosting the show.
20. Amy Poehler
Former cast member Amy Poehler meshes perfectly when returning as host.
21. Kevin Hart
Kevin Hart’s boundless energy pairs well with the frenetic pace of SNL episodes.
22. Jonah Hill
Two-time Oscar nominee Jonah Hill seems to enthusiastically enjoy every second of his hosting gigs.
Musician Drake did a solid job playing characters and mixing in self-deprecating humor.
24. Kristen Wiig
Wiig’s background as a cast member helps her seamlessly rejoin the crew when hosting.
25. Charles Barkley
Basketball legend Charles Barkley has repeatedly displayed stellar timing and delivery hosting SNL.
Making Their Mark on SNL History
These talented hosts know how to dive in and make the most of the opportunities SNL offers for sketch comedy brilliance. They’ve created some of the show’s most beloved moments.