70s 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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8 1
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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7 1
Michael Palin is listed (or ranked) 3 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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7 1
Buck Henry is listed (or ranked) 4 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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7 1
Richard Pryor is listed (or ranked) 5 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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8 2
Eric Idle is listed (or ranked) 6 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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6 1
Candice Bergen is listed (or ranked) 7 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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7 2
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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6 2
Elliott Gould is listed (or ranked) 9 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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6 2
Rob Reiner is listed (or ranked) 10 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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5 1
Fred Willard is listed (or ranked) 11 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) 12 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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Peter Boyle is listed (or ranked) 13 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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5 2
Lily Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 14 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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5 2
Howard Hesseman is listed (or ranked) 15 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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4 1
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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Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Ted Knight is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '70s
Psycho, Caddyshack, The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Ted Knight was an American actor and voice artist perhaps best known for playing the comedic role of Ted Baxter in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Henry Rush in Too Close for Comfort, and Judge Elihu ...more
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Walter Matthau is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '70s
The Odd Couple, Charade, Grumpy Old Men
Walter Matthau was an American actor best known for his role as Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple and his frequent collaborations with Odd Couple star Jack Lemmon, as well as his role as Coach ...more
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Jack Burns is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '70s
The Muppet Movie, The Andy Griffith Show, The Muppet Show
Jack Burns is an American comedian and voice actor.
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5 3
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 21 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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4 2
Raquel Welch is listed (or ranked) 22 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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4 2
Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 23 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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4 2
Dudley Moore is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '70s
Arthur, 10, Bedazzled
Dudley Stuart John Moore, CBE was an English actor, comedian, musician and composer. Moore first came to prominence in the UK as one of the four writer-performers in the comedy revue Beyond the ...more
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3 1
Ralph Nader is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '70s
Fun with Dick and Jane, An Unreasonable Man, Who Killed the Electric Car?
Ralph Nader is an American political activist of Lebanese origin, as well as an author, lecturer, and attorney. Areas of particular concern to Nader include consumer protection, humanitarianism, ...more