- 1Up 43Down 6The 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.
- 2Up 38Down 4Steve 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.
- 3Up 48Down 11Alec 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 and Steve Martin are the current record holders for most times hosting the show: 15, 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.
- 4Up 31Down 6John 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!"
- 5Up 27Down 4Bill 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.
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