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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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Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
The Da Vinci Code, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is an American actor and filmmaker. Hanks is known for his comedic and dramatic roles in such films as Splash (1984), Big (1988), Turner & Hooch ...more
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Steve Martin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
The Jerk, ¡Three Amigos!, Bowfinger
Stephen Glenn Martin (born August 14, 1945) is an American actor, comedian, writer, filmmaker, and musician. Martin came to public notice in the 1960s as a writer for The Smothers Brothers ...more
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Danny DeVito is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Batman Returns, L.A. Confidential
Daniel Michael DeVito Jr. (born November 17, 1944) is an American actor, director, producer, and filmmaker. He gained prominence for his portrayal of the taxi dispatcher Louie De Palma in the ...more
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Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
The Deer Hunter, Pulp Fiction, Catch Me If You Can
Christopher Walken (born Ronald Walken, March 31, 1943) is an American actor, dancer, director, screenwriter, and playwright who has appeared in more than 100 films and television programs, ...more
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Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
Fargo, Reservoir Dogs, The Big Lebowski
Steven Vincent Buscemi ( boo-SEM-i, Italian: [buʃˈʃɛːmi]; born December 13, 1957) is an American actor, filmmaker and former firefighter. He has starred in films such as Parting Glances, New ...more
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Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
The Martin Short Show, Frankenweenie, Mars Attacks!
Martin Hayter Short (born March 26, 1950) is a Canadian-American comedian, actor, voice artist, singer and writer. He is known for his work on the television programs SCTV and Saturday Night ...more
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John Malkovich is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
Empire of the Sun, Dangerous Liaisons, Being John Malkovich
John Gavin Malkovich (born December 9, 1953) is an American actor, producer, and fashion designer. He received Academy Award nominations for his performances in Places in the Heart (1984) and In ...more
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Kevin Kline is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
A Fish Called Wanda, Cry Freedom, Wild Wild West
Kevin Delaney Kline (born October 24, 1947) is an American actor and singer. He has won an Academy Award and three Tony Awards and is a 2003 American Theatre Hall of Fame inductee.Kline began ...more
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Mike Myers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Austin Powers in Goldmember, Shrek
Michael John Myers (born May 25, 1963) is a Canadian actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer who holds Canadian, British, and American citizenship. He is known for his run as a performer on ...more
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Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
Star Trek: The Next Generation, X-Men, X-Men 2
Sir Patrick Stewart (born 13 July 1940) is an English actor whose work has included roles on stage, television, and film in a career spanning almost six decades. He has been nominated for ...more
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Ed O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
The Bone Collector, Popeye Doyle, Married with Children
Edward Leonard O'Neill (born April 12, 1946) is an American actor and comedian. His roles include Al Bundy on the Fox Network sitcom Married... with Children, for which he was nominated for two ...more
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Jon Lovitz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
Happiness, Big, The Brave Little Toaster
Jonathan Michael Lovitz (; born July 21, 1957) is an American comedian, actor, voice actor, and singer. He is best known as a cast member of Saturday Night Live from 1985 to 1990. He starred as ...more
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George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 13 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 (born January 10, 1949) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1969 to 1977, and from 1987 to 1997. Nicknamed "Big George", he is a two-time ...more
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Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
Footloose, Apollo 13, Mystic River
Kevin Norwood Bacon (born July 8, 1958) is an American actor and musician. His films include musical-drama film Footloose (1984), the controversial historical conspiracy legal thriller JFK ...more
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Dana Carvey is listed (or ranked) 15 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 (born June 2, 1955) is an American comedian, actor, screenwriter and producer. He is widely famous for being a cast member on the show Saturday Night Live (from 1986 to 1993), ...more
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Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
Family Ties, Back to the Future, Back to the Future Part II
Michael Andrew Fox (born June 9, 1961), known professionally as Michael J. Fox, is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, author, film producer and activist with a film and television career ...more
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Ray Romano is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
Everybody Loves Raymond, Ice Age, Ice Age: The Meltdown
Raymond Albert Romano (born December 21, 1957) is an American stand-up comedian, actor and screenwriter. He is best known for his role on the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, for which he ...more
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George Wendt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
Cheers, Fletch, Airplane II: The Sequel
George Robert Wendt III (born October 17, 1948) is an American actor and comedian. He played Norm Peterson on the television sitcom Cheers (1982–93), which earned him six consecutive nominations ...more
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Joe Pesci is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
Goodfellas, Home Alone, Casino
Joseph Frank Pesci ( PESH-ee, Italian pronunciation: [ˈpeʃːi]; born February 9, 1943) is an American actor and singer who is known for portraying tough, volatile characters in a variety of ...more
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Nathan Lane is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
The Lion King, The Producers, The Birdcage
Nathan Lane (born Joseph Lane; February 3, 1956) is an American actor and writer. He has played the roles of Albert in The Birdcage, Max Bialystock in the musical The Producers, Ernie Smuntz in ...more
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Bob Newhart is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
Newhart, The Bob Newhart Show, Elf
George Robert Newhart (born September 5, 1929) is an American stand-up comedian and actor, noted for his deadpan and slightly stammering delivery. Newhart came to prominence in 1960 when his ...more
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Brendan Fraser is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
Brendan James Fraser ( FRAY-zər; born December 3, 1968) is an American-Canadian actor. He is best known for playing Rick O'Connell in The Mummy trilogy (1999, 2001, 2008), as well as for leading ...more
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Chris Farley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
Tommy Boy, Beverly Hills Ninja, Black Sheep
Christopher Crosby Farley (February 15, 1964 – December 18, 1997) was an American actor and comedian. Farley was known for his loud, energetic comedic style, and was a member of Chicago's Second ...more
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Damon Wayans is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
In Living Color, Major Payne, Blankman
Damon Kyle Wayans Sr. (; born September 4, 1960) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and producer, and member of the Wayans family of entertainers. Wayans performed as a comedian ...more
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David Alan Grier is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best People Who Hosted SNL In The '90s
In Living Color, Jumanji, The Woodsman
David Alan Grier (born June 30, 1956) is an American actor and comedian. He is best known for his work on the sketch comedy television show In Living Color.