The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '70s

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
    1
    The Jerk, ¡Three Amigos!, Bowfinger
    • Age: 77
    • Birthplace: Waco, Texas, USA
  • George Carlin
    2
    Dogma, Cars, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
    • Age: Dec. at 71 (1937-2008)
    • Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
  • Ricky Nelson
    3
    The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, Rio Bravo, Pulp Fiction
    • Age: Dec. at 45 (1940-1985)
    • Birthplace: Teaneck, New Jersey, USA
  • Michael Palin
    4
    Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life
    • Age: 79
    • Birthplace: Broomhill, United Kingdom
  • Madeline Kahn
    5
    Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, A Bug's Life
    • Age: Dec. at 57 (1942-1999)
    • Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
  • Walter Matthau
    6
    The Odd Couple, Charade, Grumpy Old Men
    • Age: Dec. at 79 (1920-2000)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
  • Richard Pryor
    7
    Richard Pryor: Live in Concert, Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip, Blazing Saddles
    • Age: Dec. at 65 (1940-2005)
    • Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois, United States of America
  • Eric Idle
    8
    Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life
    • Age: 79
    • Birthplace: South Shields, United Kingdom
  • Carrie Fisher
    9
    Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
    • Age: Dec. at 60 (1956-2016)
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, California, United States of America
  • Paul Simon
    10
    Forrest Gump, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Wolf of Wall Street
    • Age: 80
    • Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America
  • Lily Tomlin
    11
    I Heart Huckabees, Nine to Five, Nashville
    • Age: 83
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
  • Ray Charles
    12
    Ray, The Help, Inglourious Basterds
    • Age: Dec. at 73 (1930-2004)
    • Birthplace: Albany, Georgia, United States of America
  • Candice Bergen
    13
    Murphy Brown, Gandhi, Miss Congeniality
    • Age: 76
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, California, United States of America
  • Chevy Chase
    14
    Christmas Vacation, Caddyshack, Vacation
    • Age: 78
    • Birthplace: Lower Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
  • Rob Reiner
    15
    The Wolf of Wall Street, This Is Spinal Tap, All in the Family
    • Age: 75
    • Birthplace: Bronx, New York, USA
  • Kris Kristofferson
    16
    Blade II, Blade, Blade: Trinity
    • Age: 86
    • Birthplace: Brownsville, Texas, United States of America
  • Richard Dreyfuss
    17
    Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, American Graffiti
    • Age: 74
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
  • Buck Henry
    18
    The Graduate, Heaven Can Wait, What's Up
    • Age: 91
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
  • Bea Arthur
    19
    The Golden Girls, Maude, Lovers and Other Strangers
    • Age: Dec. at 86 (1922-2009)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
  • Fred Willard
    20
    WALL-E, This Is Spinal Tap, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
    • Age: 83
    • Birthplace: Shaker Heights, Ohio, United States of America
  • Martin Sheen
    21
    Apocalypse Now, The Departed, Catch Me If You Can
    • Age: 82
    • Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States of America
  • Sissy Spacek
    22
    Carrie, The Straight Story, In the Bedroom
    • Age: 72
    • Birthplace: Quitman, Texas, United States of America
  • Howard Hesseman
    23
    This Is Spinal Tap, Flight of the Navigator, Clue
    • Age: 82
    • Birthplace: Lebanon, Oregon, USA
  • Dick Cavett
    24
    Forrest Gump, Beetlejuice, Annie Hall
    • Age: 85
    • Birthplace: Gibbon, Nebraska, United States of America
  • Jodie Foster
    25
    The Silence of the Lambs, Elysium, Panic Room
    • Age: 59
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America