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.
1995-2000Cheri Oteri is an American comic actress, best known for her roles as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1995 to 2000.
1980James Woodward "Jim" Downey is an American comedy writer and occasional actor. Downey is best known as a long-time writer for Saturday Night Live.
1981-1984Timothy 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
2010-2017Vanessa Bayer is an American actress and comedian best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live.
1980-1981Patrick Weathers is an actor.
1981-1982Christine 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.
1985-1986Terry Sweeney is an American writer, comedian and actor.