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Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL  

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List Rules Vote up the former SNL cast members who have not come back to host the show, but who should definitely return.

When Adam Sandler returned to the halls of Studio 8H in 2019 to host Saturday Night Live, many were surprised that the famed alumn hadn't appeared on the show in any big way since his firing in 1995. As it turns out, Sandler is far from the only famous former SNL cast member that hasn't returned for hosting duties. While the list of fired or retired SNL cast members is longer than the show itself, it's undeniable that the list contains just as many comedy superstars as it does duds that flamed out before we got a chance to know what they could do. So why not have some of them back in a completely new role as host?

The list of former cast members who should host Saturday Night Live is eclectic, with many of them moved on to completely new and exciting projects since their time on SNL. Whether they ended up as movie stars, sitcom legends, or bits of "Where Are They Now?" trivia, you're sure to find a name on this SNL host wish list that will make you excited.

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Cheri Oteri is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL

1995-2000

Cheri Oteri is an American comic actress, best known for her roles as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1995 to 2000.
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Jim Downey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL

1980

James Woodward "Jim" Downey is an American comedy writer and occasional actor. Downey is best known as a long-time writer for Saturday Night Live.
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Jim Belushi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL

1983-1985

James Adam "Jim" Belushi is an American actor, comedian and musician. He is best known for playing the role of James "Jim" Orenthal on the long-running sitcom According to ...more
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Laura Kightlinger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL

1994-1995

Laura Kightlinger is an American actress, comedian and writer. She was a writer and consulting producer on Will & Grace, while also occasionally appearing on the show as the character Nurse ...more
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Laurie Metcalf is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL

1981

Laura Elizabeth "Laurie" Metcalf is an American actress. She is most widely known for her performance as Jackie Harris on the ABC sitcom Roseanne and has also had series television ...more
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Jane Curtin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL

1975-1980

Jane Therese Curtin is an American actress and comedian. She is sometimes referred to as "Queen of the Deadpan"; The Philadelphia Inquirer once called her a "refreshing drop of ...more
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Tim Kazurinsky is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL

1981-1984

Timothy James "Tim" Kazurinsky is an American actor and screenwriter best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and for his role as Carl Sweetchuck in the Police Academy
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Tim Meadows is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL

1991-2000

Timothy "Tim" Meadows is an American actor and comedian best known as one of the longest running cast members on Saturday Night Live, where he served for ten seasons. He currently ...more
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Tom Schiller is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL

1980

Tom Schiller is an American Emmy Award winning writer best known for his eleven-year stint writing and directing short films for Saturday Night Live. His films, often featuring members of the ...more
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Finesse Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL

2003-2006

Saturday Night Live alum, Finesse Mitchell, a versatile actor and comedian, plays China Ann McClain’s cop father on the hit Disney show, A.N.T. Farm, now in its third season. Mitchell also ...more
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Darrell Hammond is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL

1995-2009

Darrell Hammond is an American actor, stand-up comedian and impressionist. He was a regular on Saturday Night Live from 1995 until 2009, the longest tenure of any cast member in the show's ...more
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Vanessa Bayer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL

2010-2017

Vanessa Bayer is an American actress and comedian best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live.
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Jason Sudeikis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL

2005-2013

Daniel Jason Sudeikis is an American actor, voice actor, screenwriter and comedian. He began his career in improv comedy. In 2003, he was hired as a sketch writer for Saturday Night Live and ...more
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Victoria Jackson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL

1986-1992

Victoria Lynn Jackson-Wessel is an American comedian, actress, satirist, singer and internet blogger best known as a cast member of the NBC television sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live ...more
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Chris Parnell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL

1998-2006

Thomas Christopher "Chris" Parnell is an American actor, comedian, and singer. He is best known as a cast member on NBC's Saturday Night Live from 1998–2006 and for his role as Dr. Leo ...more
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David Koechner is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL

1995-1996

David Michael "Dave" Koechner is an American character actor and comedian best known for playing roles such as Champ Kind in the Anchorman films and Todd Packer on NBC's The Office. ...more
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Will Forte is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL

2002-2010

Orville Willis "Will" Forte IV, is an American actor, comedian, and writer. He is best known for his roles as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, the title character of its spin-off ...more
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Patrick Weathers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL

1980-1981

Patrick Weathers is an actor.
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Ellen Cleghorne is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL

1991-1995

Ellen Cleghorne is an American actress and comedian, best known as a cast member of Saturday Night Live from 1991 to 1995. Cleghorne was the sketch comedy show's second African-American female ...more
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Emily Prager is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL

1981

Emily Prager is an American author and journalist. Prager grew up in Texas, Taiwan, and Greenwich Village, NY. She is a graduate of The Brearley School, Barnard College and has a Master's degree ...more
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Gail Matthius is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL

1980-1981

Gail Matthius is an American actress and voice actress. She was a cast member of NBC's Saturday Night Live during its critical and ratings low point at the time, and co-anchored the Weekend ...more
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Jenny Slate is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL

2009-2010

Jennifer Sarah "Jenny" Slate is an American actress, stand-up comedian, voice artist, and author best known for her breakout role as Donna Stern in Obvious Child, as well as being the ...more
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Christine Ebersole is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL

1981-1982

Christine Ebersole is a two-time Tony Award winning American actress and singer. She previously co-starred on the TBS sitcom Sullivan & Son, where she played Carol Walsh.
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Jay Pharoah is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL

2010-2016

Jared Antonio Farrow, better known by his stage name Jay Pharoah, is an American actor, stand-up comedian, impressionist, rapper, and voice actor. He joined the cast of NBC's Saturday Night Live ...more
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Terry Sweeney is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL

1985-1986

Terry Sweeney is an American writer, comedian and actor.