The 12 Most Frequent SNL Hosts

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This list of the most frequent SNL hosts is impressive. Sure, most of us know that Alec Baldwin has hosted a lot - but did you know that he's hosted a record number of times?! Yep. Who has hosted SNL the most? Those on this list have graced the SNL stage multiple times, and while most are actors and comedians (and former 'SNL' cast members), at least one musician also made it.

At the moment, there are a dozen members of the so-called "Saturday Night Live Five Timers' Club," meaning they've hosted the show at least five times (some way more than that). Are they the funniest hosts ever? Some are, some aren't (in my opinion). Some people with the most SNL host appearances are ones who I would happily never see on that stage again. I've included plenty of videos, as well, so you can check out the Five Timers past monologues.

Enjoy this list of the most frequent Saturday Night Live hosts, and be sure to vote for your favorites! If you're craving more SNL goodness, check out these lists of the best 'Saturday Night Live' monologues of all time, the top 'SNL' original cast sketches and the best 'SNL' live sketches of the 1990s!
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    Tom Hanks - 9 times is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 12 Most Frequent SNL Hosts
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    In 2016 Tom Hanks broke his tie with Chevy Chase, hosting 'SNL' for the ninth time. He's definitely one of 'Saturday Night Live's' favorite hosts. His monologues were always great - but his appearances in skits? Off the charts funny!

    In December of 1990, Tom Hanks gained membership into the exclusive "Five Timers" 'SNL' club - a fact he hammers home in his monologue, showing his membership card and then giving viewers a peek into the exclusive club.

    And yes, that IS Conan O'Brien as "Sean!"

    Thomas Jeffrey "Tom" Hanks is an American film actor, director, voice-over artist, writer and film producer. Hanks worked in television and family-friendly comedies before achieving success as a dramatic actor portraying several notable roles, including Andrew Beckett in Philadelphia, the title role in ...more

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    • Credits (TV): Band of Brothers, Tales from the Crypt, Big Love, John Adams, Bosom Buddies, + more
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    Steve Martin has hosted 'Saturday Night Live' a record 15 times (tied with Alec Baldwin, at least until Baldwin bests him when he hosts in September of 2011). Martin entered the "Five Timer" club when he hosted 'SNL' on April 22, 1978. Since then, he's hosted several additional times, and he delivered a brilliant opening monologue in December of 1991. Just awesome. And no, Martin was never an 'SNL' cast member.

    Stephen Glenn "Steve" Martin is an American comedian, actor, musician, writer, and producer. Martin came to public notice as a writer for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and later became a frequent guest on The Tonight Show. In the 1970s, Martin performed his offbeat, absurdist comedy routines before ...more

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    • Credits (TV): The Tracey Ullman Show, Biography, Leo & Liz in Beverly Hills, Domestic Life, Off to See the Wizard, + more
    • Birthplace: Waco, Texas, United States of America
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    Alec Baldwin - 16 times is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 12 Most Frequent SNL Hosts
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    Alec Baldwin is a funny guy. He's a likable guy. And he's a really good 'Saturday Night Live' host. So good, in fact, that he has passed Steve Martin and is the current record holder for most times hosting the show: 16, to be exact. And Baldwin is about to beat Martin. When he hosts 'SNL' on September 24, 2011, (his first time hosting a 'Saturday Night Live' premiere) he'll be the undisputed champ of hosts - sweet 16!

    Here, Baldwin hosts for the 15th time, during the season finale of 'Saturday Night Live's' 35th season (May 15, 2010). And he explains that he and Steve Martin aren't rivals. Really. He also delivers a hilarious 'SNL' commencement address.

    Alexander Rae "Alec" Baldwin III is an American actor, producer, and comedian. As a member of the Baldwin family, he is the oldest of the four Baldwin brothers, all well-known actors. Baldwin first gained recognition appearing on seasons 6 and 7 of the CBS television drama Knots Landing, in the role of ...more

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    • Credits (TV): The Simpsons, 30 Rock, Knots Landing, Clerks: The Animated Series, The Doctors, + more
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    Christopher Walken - 7 times is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 12 Most Frequent SNL Hosts
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    The awesomeness that is Christopher Walken has graced the 'SNL' stage as a host seven times. Basically, if he wants to host, he's got a gig. Lorne Michaels likes him that much, and so do I. His monologues are always interesting, and his skits? Well, from 'The Continental' to the (now infamous) 'Behind the Music' Blue Oyster Cult sketch (more cowbell!), they are simly hysterically funny. In 2008, Walken appeared in the skit "Meet the Family" - an instant Walken classic.

    Christopher Walken is an American actor. He has appeared in more than 100 films and television shows, including The Deer Hunter, Annie Hall, The Prophecy trilogy, The Dogs of War, Brainstorm, The Dead Zone, A View to a Kill, True Romance, Pulp Fiction, Catch Me If You Can, Hairspray and Seven ...more

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    • Credits (TV): American Playhouse, Storybook Cinema, Peter Pan Live!
    • Birthplace: Astoria, New York City, New York, United States of America
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    John Goodman has hosted 'SNL' a dozen times over the decades, joining the "Five Timers" club in May of 1994. He marked his 8th time as a 'Saturday Night Live' host in May of 1997, during the show's 22nd season. In his monologue, Goodman showed off his 70-pound weight loss and then tried to come to grips with the specifics of the show. Which he knows well. Because he's hosted eight times, "Leon!"

    John Stephen Goodman is an American actor who is known for his comedic and dramatic roles. Early in his career, he was best known for playing Dan Conner on the television series Roseanne, for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in 1993. He is also a regular collaborator with the Coen ...more

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    • Credits (TV): Roseanne, Treme, The Emperor's New School, You Don't Know Jack, Father of the Pride, + more
    • Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America
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    Bill Murray is an 'SNL' "Five Timer" club member with good reason. As an original cast member, he's one of only two alumni who are in this club (the other being Chevy Chase, the man he eventually replaced in the cast!). Murray hosted his fifth 'Saturday Night Live' show in February of 1999. During that show, Chevy Chase joined him in a great skit about 'Caddyshack.'

    In this monologue from 'SNL' season 6, in March of 1981, an enthusiastic Murray delivers his monologue with help from Eddie Murphy. Awesome Gene Wilder/Richard Pryor fun.

    William James "Bill" Murray is an American actor and comedian. He first gained exposure on Saturday Night Live for which he earned an Emmy Award and later went on to star in comedy films, including Meatballs, Caddyshack, Stripes, Ghostbusters, What About Bob?, and Groundhog Day. Murray garnered ...more

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    • Birthplace: Wilmette, Illinois, United States of America
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    Paul Simon - 4 times is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 12 Most Frequent SNL Hosts
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    Paul Simon is NOT a member of the 'SNL' "Five Timers" club - yet. One more and he'll make it. Simon has performed as a musical guest on 'Saturday Night Live' nine times - second only to Dave Grohl.

    Perhaps Simon's best, most memorable 'SNL' monologue was the bizarre (and hilarious) Thanksgiving turkey opening. In November of 1976, Simon donned a turkey costume and proceeded to belt out his hit song "Still Crazy After All These Years." Watch the clip of Paul trying not to be "Mr. Alienation," and then tell me he doesn't deserve to make this list!

    Paul Frederic Simon is an American musician, actor and singer-songwriter. Simon's fame, influence, and commercial success began as part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, formed in 1964 with musical partner Art Garfunkel. Simon wrote nearly all of the pair's songs, including three that reached No. 1 on the ...more

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    Candice Bergen - 5 times is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 12 Most Frequent SNL Hosts
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    Candice Bergen has hosted 'SNL' five times and is one of only two women on this multiple-hosts list. She was also the first woman to ever host 'Saturday Night Live' (during season 1, episode 4 on November 8, 1975). A little over a month later, on December 20, 1975, Bergen set another 'SNL' record, becoming the first person to host the show a second time.

    Bergen returned to host 'Saturday Night Live' for a third time in December of 1976, during the show's second season, appearing in one of my favorite all-time 'SNL' skits: Irvin Mainway, Bag O' Glass.

    Candice Patricia Bergen is an American actress and former fashion model. For her role as the title character on the CBS sitcom Murphy Brown, she won five Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards as Best Actress in a TV Comedy. She is also an Academy Award nominee. Bergen began her career as a fashion ...more

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