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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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George Carlin is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Steve Martin is listed (or ranked) 2 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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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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Madeline Kahn is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Lily Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Chevy Chase is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Rob Reiner is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Eric Idle is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Buck Henry is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Michael Palin is listed (or ranked) 11 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) 12 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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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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Elliott Gould is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Charles Grodin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '70s
Beethoven, Midnight Run, Beethoven's 2nd
Charles Grodin is an American actor, comedian, author, and former cable talk show host. Grodin began his acting career in the 1960s appearing in TV serials including The Virginian. He had a ...more
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Robert Klein is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '70s
The Last Unicorn, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Reign Over Me
Robert Klein is an American stand-up comedian, singer and actor.
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Howard Hesseman is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '70s
Forrest Gump, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Wolf of Wall Street
Paul Frederic Simon is an American musician, actor and singer-songwriter. Simon's fame, influence, and commercial success began as part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, formed in 1964 with ...more
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Peter Boyle is listed (or ranked) 19 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
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Richard Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '70s
Westworld, The Money Pit, The Last of Sheila
Richard Benjamin is an American actor and film director. He has starred in a number of well-known film productions, including Goodbye, Columbus, based on the novella by Philip Roth; Catch-22, ...more
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Margot Kidder is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '70s
Superman, Superman II, The Amityville Horror
Margaret Ruth "Margot" Kidder is a Canadian-American actress. She rose to fame in 1978 for her role as Lois Lane in Superman opposite Christopher Reeve, as well her reprisal of the ...more
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Candice Bergen is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '70s
The Silence of the Lambs, Elysium, Panic Room
Alicia Christian Foster, known professionally as Jodie Foster, is an American actress, film director, and producer. Foster began acting in commercials at the age of three, and her first ...more
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Sissy Spacek is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '70s
Carrie, The Straight Story, In the Bedroom
Sissy Spacek is an American actress and singer. She is an Academy Award winner and three-time Golden Globe Award winner. Spacek began her career in the early 1970s and first gained attention for ...more
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Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 25 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