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The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '70s  

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List Rules Vote up the people who did the best job as hosts of SNL from 1975 through 1979.

Saturday Night Live might not have started out a hit but as the 1970s slipped past, SNL cemented itself into the TV viewing habits of the masses.  Even though Saturday Night Live didn't start until halfway through the decade, there were still plenty of '70s SNL hosts. If you can't remember everybody who got to open the show, then refresh your memory with this list of the people who were hosts from 1975 through 1979, ranked from best SNL '70s hosts to worst SNL '70s hosts.

In those early years, SNL hosts were often comedians, though they did get actors and actresses such as Carrie Fisher, Peter Boyle, and Candice Bergen. One of the people who took on the role of host the most often in the '70s was actor Buck Henry, who hosted ten times in five years. Chevy Chase, a former cast member and Weekend Update anchor, returned in 1978 to host the show.

Just like the seasons and episodes themselves, the Saturday Night Live hosts of the 1970s range from great to grueling. Vote up the actors, musicians, and comedians who did the best job at hosting SNL in the '70s.

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Steve Martin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '70s
The Jerk, ¡Three Amigos!, Bowfinger
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 ...more
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George Carlin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '70s
Dogma, Cars, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
George Denis Patrick Carlin was an American comedian, social critic, actor, and author. Carlin was noted for his black comedy and his thoughts on politics, the English language, psychology, ...more
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Ricky Nelson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '70s
The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, Rio Bravo, Pulp Fiction
Eric Hilliard Nelson – known as Ricky Nelson, later also as Rick Nelson – was an American actor, musician and singer-songwriter. He starred alongside his family in the television series, The ...more
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Richard Pryor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '70s
Richard Pryor: Live in Concert, Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip, Blazing Saddles
Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor was an American comedian, actor, film director, social critic, satirist, writer, and MC. Pryor was known for uncompromising examinations of racism and ...more
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Maureen Stapleton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '70s
Cocoon, Reds, Airport
Maureen Stapleton was an American actress in film, theater and television. She won an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, two Tony Awards and a British Academy Award. She was inducted into the ...more
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Rob Reiner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '70s
The Wolf of Wall Street, This Is Spinal Tap, All in the Family
Robert "Rob" Reiner is an American actor, director, producer, and activist. As an actor, Reiner first came to national prominence with the role of Michael Stivic, son-in-law of Archie ...more
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Lily Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '70s
I Heart Huckabees, Nine to Five, Nashville
Mary Jean "Lily" Tomlin is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer. She has been a major force in American comedy since the late 1960s, when she began a career as a ...more
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Madeline Kahn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '70s
Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, A Bug's Life
Madeline Kahn was an American actress, comedienne and singer. A two-time Academy Award nominee, she also won an Emmy Award and a Tony Award. Kahn made her Broadway debut in Leonard Sillman's New ...more
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Chevy Chase is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '70s
Christmas Vacation, Caddyshack, Vacation
Cornelius Crane "Chevy" Chase is an American comedian, actor, and writer. Born into a prominent New York family, Chase worked a plethora of odd jobs before he moved into comedy and ...more
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Kris Kristofferson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '70s
Blade II, Blade, Blade: Trinity
Kristoffer "Kris" Kristofferson is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, and former soldier. He is known for writing and recording such hits as "Me and Bobby ...more
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Buck Henry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '70s
The Graduate, Heaven Can Wait, What's Up
Henry Zuckerman, credited as Buck Henry, is an American actor, writer, film director, and television director. He has been nominated for an Academy Award twice, in 1968 for Best Adapted ...more
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Dyan Cannon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '70s
Revenge of the Pink Panther, Heaven Can Wait, Deathtrap
Dyan Cannon is an American film and television actress, director, screenwriter, editor, and producer.
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Richard Dreyfuss is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '70s
Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, American Graffiti
Richard Stephen Dreyfuss is an American actor best known for starring in a number of film, television, and theater roles since the late 1960s, including the films American Graffiti, Jaws, Close ...more
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Carrie Fisher is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '70s
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
Carrie Frances Fisher (October 21, 1956 – December 27, 2016) was an American actress, novelist, screenwriter, and performance artist. She was best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia. She ...more
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Elliott Gould is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '70s
American History X, Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Thirteen
Elliott Gould is an American actor. He began acting in Hollywood films during the 1960s, and has remained prolific ever since. In addition to his performance in the classic comedy Bob & ...more
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Dick Cavett is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '70s
Forrest Gump, Beetlejuice, Annie Hall
Richard Alva "Dick" Cavett is an American former television talk show host known for his conversational style and in-depth discussions. Cavett appeared regularly on nationally ...more
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Mary Kay Place is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '70s
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Being John Malkovich
Mary Kay Place is an American actress, singer, director, and screen writer. She is best known for portraying Loretta Haggers on the television series Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, a role that won ...more
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Eric Idle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '70s
Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life
Eric Idle is an English comedian, actor, author, singer, writer and comedic composer. Idle is a member of the English surreal comedy group Monty Python, a member of the Rutles on Saturday Night ...more
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Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '70s
Your Best Shot, College Basketball's 10 Greatest Teams, NBA: Kevin Garnett
William Felton "Bill" Russell is an American retired professional basketball player. Russell played center for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association from 1956 to ...more
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Raquel Welch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '70s
The Three Musketeers, Fantastic Voyage, Legally Blonde
Raquel Welch is an American actress. She first won attention for her role in Fantastic Voyage, after which she won a contract with 20th Century-Fox. They loaned her to a British studio where she ...more
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Howard Hesseman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '70s
This Is Spinal Tap, Flight of the Navigator, Clue
Howard Hesseman is an American actor best known for playing disc jockey Johnny Fever on WKRP in Cincinnati and schoolteacher Charlie Moore on Head of the Class.
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Michael Palin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '70s
Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life
Michael Edward Palin CBE FRGS is an English comedian, actor, writer and television presenter. He was one of the members of the comedy group Monty Python and later made a number of travel ...more
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Fred Willard is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '70s
WALL-E, This Is Spinal Tap, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Frederic Willard is an American actor, comedian, voice actor, and writer, best known for his improvisational comedy. He is known for his roles in the Rob Reiner mockumentary film This Is Spinal ...more
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Candice Bergen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '70s
Murphy Brown, Gandhi, Miss Congeniality
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 ...more
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Peter Boyle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '70s
Taxi Driver, Everybody Loves Raymond, The Santa Clause
Peter Lawrence Boyle was an American actor, best known for his role as Frank Barone on the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, and as a comical monster in Mel Brooks' film spoof Young Frankenstein. ...more