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The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s  

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List Rules Vote up the people who did the best job as hosts of SNL from 1990 through 1999.

The 1990s were a period of transition and change for Saturday Night Live, but they carried through and started the new millennium strong.  Even with over two dozen people hosting multiple times, there were just over 150 different hosts in the '90s. 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 1990 through 1999, ranked from best SNL '90s hosts to worst SNL '90s hosts.

Setting a record for the most times hosting SNL in a decade, actor John Goodman hosted SNL nine times between 1990 and 1999, appearing on the show every year except 1991. Close behind was Alec Baldwin with eight appearances as host - well on his way to being the person who has hosted Saturday Night Live the most times over the years. Many of the "older" cast members returned in the '90s to take on the role of host, including Bill Murray, Norm Macdonald, and Phil Harman.

Just like the seasons and episodes themselves, the Saturday Night Live hosts of the 1990s range from great to grueling. Vote up the actors, musicians, and comedians who did the best job at hosting SNL in the '90s.

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George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
When We Were Kings, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Facing Ali
George Edward Foreman (nicknamed "Big George"[2]) (born January 10, 1949) is a retired American professional boxer, former two-time World Heavyweight Champion, Olympic gold medalist, ...more
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Nathan Lane is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
The Lion King, The Producers, The Birdcage
Nathan Lane is an American actor and writer. He is known for his roles as Albert in The Birdcage, Max Bialystock in the musical The Producers, Ernie Smuntz in MouseHunt, Nathan Detroit in Guys ...more
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Dana Carvey is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
Wayne's World, Saturday Night Live, Wayne's World 2
Dana Thomas Carvey is an American actor and stand-up comedian, known for his work as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and for playing the role of Garth Algar in the Wayne's World films. He ...more
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Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
Seinfeld, Jerry Seinfeld: 'I'm Telling You for the Last Time', Comedian
Jerome Allen "Jerry" Seinfeld is an American comedian, actor, writer, and producer. He is best known for playing a semi-fictional version of himself in the sitcom Seinfeld, which he ...more
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Joe Pesci is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
Goodfellas, Home Alone, Casino
Joseph Frank Pesci (born February 9, 1943) is an American actor, comedian and singer. Known for portraying tough, volatile characters, in a variety of genres. He is best known for his ...more
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Linda Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Terminator, Dante's Peak
Linda Carroll Hamilton is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Sarah Connor in The Terminator film series and Catherine Chandler in the 1987–1990 television series Beauty and the ...more
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Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
Mrs. Doubtfire, Forrest Gump, Lincoln
Sally Margaret Field is an American actress and director. She is known for her film roles in Smokey and the Bandit, Norma Rae, Places in the Heart, Murphy's Romance, Steel Magnolias, Mrs. ...more
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Bob Newhart is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
Newhart, The Bob Newhart Show, Elf
George Robert "Bob" Newhart is an American stand-up comedian and actor. Noted for his deadpan and slightly stammering delivery, Newhart came to prominence in the 1960s when his album ...more
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George Wendt is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
Cheers, Fletch, Airplane II: The Sequel
George Robert Wendt III is an American actor, best known for the role of Norm Peterson on the television show Cheers.
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Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
No Country for Old Men, Cheers, Zombieland
Woodrow Tracy "Woody" Harrelson is an American actor, activist, and playwright. He is a double Academy Award nominee, seven time Emmy Award nominee and one time winner. His breakout ...more
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Chevy Chase is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
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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Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3
Robert John Downey Jr. is an American actor, producer, and singer, whose career has included critical and popular success in his youth, followed by a period of legal troubles, and a resurgence ...more
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Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, Lost in Translation
William James "Bill" Murray is an American actor and comedian. He first gained exposure on Saturday Night Live for which he earned an Emmy Award and later went on to star in comedy ...more
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Catherine O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
The Nightmare Before Christmas, Frankenweenie, Home Alone
Catherine Anne O'Hara is a Canadian-American actress, writer and comedian. She is well known for her comedy work on SCTV and her roles in the films After Hours, Beetlejuice, Home Alone, Home ...more
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Kelsey Grammer is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
Cheers, Toy Story 2, Anastasia
Allen Kelsey Grammer is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, producer, director, writer, singer and activist. Grammer is known for his two-decade portrayal of psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane ...more
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Madeline Kahn is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
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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Sylvester Stallone is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
Rocky, The Expendables, Rambo
Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone, nicknamed Sly Stallone, is an American actor, screenwriter and film director. Stallone is well known for his Hollywood action roles. Two notable characters he has ...more
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Marisa Tomei is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
The Wrestler, The Lincoln Lawyer, Crazy
Marisa Tomei is an American and Italian actress and producer. In a career spanning three decades, she had initial success in movies as a young actress, followed by a series of unsuccessful ...more
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Sarah Michelle Gellar is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Cruel Intentions, The Grudge
Sarah Michelle Prinze is an American actress and producer. After being spotted by an agent at the age of four in New York City, she made her acting debut in the made-for-TV movie An Invasion of ...more
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Paul Reiser is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
Whiplash, Aliens, Mad About You
Paul Reiser is an American comedian, actor, television personality and writer, author and musician. He is most widely known for his role in the 1990s TV sitcom Mad About You. He is ranked 77th ...more
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Damon Wayans is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
In Living Color, Major Payne, Blankman
Damon Kyle Wayans, Sr. is an American actor, comedian, writer and producer, and a member of the Wayans family of entertainers. Wayans performed as a comedian and actor throughout the 1980s, ...more
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Charlton Heston is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
Ben-Hur, Planet of the Apes, Touch of Evil
Charlton Heston was an American actor and political activist. As a Hollywood star he appeared in 100 films over the course of 60 years. He played the leading role in The Ten Commandments; Touch ...more
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Anthony Edwards is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Top Gun, Zodiac
Anthony Charles Edwards is an American actor and director. He has appeared in various movies and television shows, including Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Top Gun, Zodiac, Miracle Mile, Revenge ...more
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Gabriel Byrne is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
The Usual Suspects, In Treatment, Miller's Crossing
Gabriel James Byrne is an Irish actor, film director, film producer, writer, cultural ambassador and audiobook narrator. His acting career began in the Focus Theatre before he joined London's ...more
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Jason Patric is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
The Lost Boys, Sleepers, My Sister's Keeper
Jason Patric is an American film, television and stage actor. He is known for his roles in the films The Lost Boys, Rush, Sleepers, Your Friends & Neighbors, Narc, The Losers and Speed 2: ...more