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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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Jason Sudeikis is listed (or ranked) 2 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) 3 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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Vanessa Bayer is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Abby Elliott is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL

2008-2012

Abigail "Abby" Elliott is an American actress and comedian best known for her four seasons as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2008 to 2012. She is the daughter of comedian
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Joan Cusack is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL

1985-1986

Joan Cusack is an American actress. She received Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress for her roles in the romantic comedy-drama Working Girl and the romantic comedy In & ...more
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Sasheer Zamata is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL

2014-2017

Sasheer Zamata Moore, known professionally as Sasheer Zamata, is an American actress and comedienne who became a featured player on Saturday Night Live beginning January 18, 2014.
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Gilbert Gottfried is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL

1980-1981

Gilbert Gottfried is an American stand-up comedian, actor and voice artist. His numerous roles in film and television, include voicing the parrot Iago in Disney's Aladdin and Digit in the ...more
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Pamela Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL

1984-1985

Pamela Helen Stephenson Connolly is a New Zealand clinical psychologist, writer and actress who is now a resident in both the United Kingdom and United States. She is best known for her work as ...more
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Julia Sweeney is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL

1990-1994

Julia Anne Sweeney is an American actress, comedian and author. She is known for her role as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and for her autobiographical solo shows. She played Mrs. Keeper ...more
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Finesse Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Laurie Metcalf is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Rob Riggle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL

2004-2005

Robert Allen "Rob" Riggle, Jr. is an American actor, comedian and retired United States Marine Corps Reserve officer. He is best known for his work as a correspondent on Comedy ...more
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Fred Wolf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL

1996

Fred Wolf is an American film director, screenwriter, television writer, and former stand-up comedian.
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Matthew Laurance is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL

1980-1981

Matthew Laurance is an actor.
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Jerry Minor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL

2000-2001

Jerry C. Minor is an American actor, comedian and writer known for his comedic roles in numerous television programs such as Mr. Show, Saturday Night Live, Delocated, Brickleberry, Unbreakable ...more
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Jim Breuer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL

1995-1998

James E. "Jim" Breuer is an American stand-up comedian, actor and radio host. He is most noted for his time as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and starring in the 1998 cult ...more
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Bobby Moynihan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL

2008-2017

Robert Lee Moynihan, Jr., professionally known as Bobby Moynihan, is an American actor and comedian, and since 2008 a cast member on Saturday Night Live.
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Rich Hall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL

1984-1985

Richard "Rich" Hall is an American comedian, writer and musician.
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Laraine Newman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL

1975-1980

Laraine Newman is an American comedienne, actress, voice artist, and writer, and was part of the original SNL cast.
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Dan Vitale is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL

1985-1986

Dan Vitale is an actor.
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Jim Belushi is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Harry Shearer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL

1979–1980, 1984–1985

Harry Julius Shearer is an American actor, comedian, writer, voice artist, musician, author, radio host and director. He is known for his long-running roles on The Simpsons, his work on Saturday ...more
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Garrett Morris is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL

1975-1980

Garrett Gonzalez Morris is an American comedian and actor. He was part of the original cast of the sketch comedy program Saturday Night Live, appearing from 1975 to 1980. Morris also had a ...more
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Rachel Dratch is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Former Cast Members We Want To See Host SNL

1999-2006

Rachel Susan Dratch is an American actress, comedian, producer and writer. Born and raised in Lexington, Massachusetts, she graduated from Dartmouth College in 1988 and moved to Chicago, ...more