Saturday Night Live: Your 25 Dream Host Picks!

To say that Season 38 of Saturday Night Live has been a little lackluster would be like calling the Kardashian clan a wee bit overexposed. And while it wouldn’t be fair to place the sketch-comedy show’s woes on the shoulders of its guest hosts, the most recent string of emcees — Adam Levine, Justin Bieber, Christoph Waltz and Kevin Hart — haven’t exactly upgraded the tired lines that showed up on their cue cards.

Which got us thinking: Back in September, TVLine brainstormed a list of 15 first-time hosts we were dying to see. You responded with hundreds of fantastic suggestions of your own. And since Lorne Michaels & Co. seem to need all the help they can get, we picked your best ideas — none of whom have hosted before — and compiled ‘em in a handy gallery.

So click through the photos below, then hit the comments with your thoughts on who you’d like to see follow Justin Timberlake’s stint this coming Saturday (11:30/10:30c, NBC)!



Comments (272)

  • Darren Criss!

    Comment by Melissa Barsana – March 5, 2013 03:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Rebel Wilson and Carol Burnett would be amazing. I’ve loved Carol since I was little and Rebel is just awesome in general. They both would kill it.

    I’d like to add Darren Criss to the pile though.Watch any interview and it’s pretty clear he’s got an incredible sense of humor that would really shine on SNL. He could even do a Glee parody, since he’s pretty good at making fun of himself. Plus, he could double as the musical guest and play his own music!

    Comment by KC – March 5, 2013 03:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Walton Goggins or Matt Bomer would be awesome!!

    Comment by Heatherjm – March 5, 2013 03:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Darren Criss would be amazing! Both as host and musical guest but if he was to host then the musician should be Walk The Moon, Charlene Kaye, Starkid, Ed Sheeran or Bruno Mars :). But I would love for Darren to perform his own original songs as they are all amazing and it’s real music :) he’d be a fantastic host too, fantastic actor who is funny and intelligent with a wonderful personality! :)

    Comment by Surina – March 5, 2013 03:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Darren Criss please? Also Jensen would be cool to have! Rebel definitely is also one of my top choices.

    Comment by Erika – March 5, 2013 03:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Roday & Hill, Nathan Fillion, Donald Glover (with guest appearance by Danny Pudi), Martha Plimpton, Joel McHale, Zach Levi, John Cho, and Simon Pegg would each be on my list to host.

    Comment by Luminosity – March 5, 2013 03:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Oh my gosh, I can’t believe I forgot to include Zachary Levi on my list! That would be amazing! In fact, I’d like to see anyone that you named. We have very similar tastes, apparently!

      Comment by Eric – March 5, 2013 06:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How about Darren Criss from Glee. He is super hot, and he can sing and dance.

    Comment by Kem – March 5, 2013 03:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think Reba Wilson would be great – but also Darren Criss! He is really good at improv and he could be the musical guest as well!

    Comment by Paige (@diva_blainers) – March 5, 2013 03:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Darren Criss! definitely <3

    Comment by Paloma Vigo – March 5, 2013 03:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Darren Criss as a host and or musical guest would be phenomenal!

    Chris Colfer would would also be fantastic- he is super witty!

    Comment by caroline – March 5, 2013 03:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I also am including my wish to see Darren Criss host SNL! He is perfect for it because he really can make fun of himself and is a great actor with the education to do so!
    Him being a musical guest will have to wait, but just until he is out there promoting his album once it is finally done and ready for release!
    But with his Starkid background and his time on Broadway, SNL would be an amazing job for him to do! Jane Lynch has been the only Glee star to host! Let Darren (or Chris) host please!

    Comment by musiclover1247 – March 5, 2013 03:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Darren Criss would be amazing!

    Comment by Alexis – March 5, 2013 03:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Darren Criss would make a fantastic host or musical guest. He was terrific as the host of the broadway.com awards. Also, Chris Colfer would make an interesting addition to the list, he’s got a biting wit that makes for some seriously hilarious moments.

    Comment by Breanna – March 5, 2013 03:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • All I know, is if this week sucks with JT back at the helm, it will be time to put a fork in the writing room…

    Comment by ck – March 5, 2013 03:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • craig ferguson, must be a creepy show.
    sutton foster would be nice

    Comment by kevinc – March 5, 2013 03:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nathan Fillion and Pauly Perrette – for sure!

    Comment by Nara – March 5, 2013 03:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • NATHAN FILLION SHOULD HOST! He would be awesome!

    Comment by Shell – March 5, 2013 03:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I agree with Nathan Fillion, Benedict Cumberbatch and Max Greenfield. I would hate Lena Dunham (I think she’s exposed enough) and I would add Martin Freeman to the mix.

    Comment by Tinemi – March 5, 2013 03:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Darren Criss would make for a fantastic host, also he does have an upcoming movie with SNL alumni, Kristen Wiig.

    Comment by Rachel – March 5, 2013 03:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • We need Darren Criss on the show. He would be the perfect Host and Musical guest!

    Comment by Natalie – March 5, 2013 03:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Michael Weatherly would be great on it. It helps that he’s insane.

    Comment by J – March 5, 2013 03:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Agree about adding Darren Criss to the list – he has a lot of experience with stage acting and he can be the musical guest to boot! Also Matt Bomer would be great, too!

    Comment by Rebecca – March 5, 2013 03:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Another vote for Darren Criss, he would be wonderful and really is quite hilarious (plus bonus points for a surprise appearance by Kristin Wigg before their movie “Girl most likely” is released)

    Comment by Nicole – March 5, 2013 03:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Darren Criss please. He will make a great SNL host. He is truely amazing. Mark my words.

    Comment by Melly – March 5, 2013 03:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wait, where’s Darren Criss?? Darren Criss, please!

    Comment by Joana – March 5, 2013 03:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I see all the gleeks have hit the boards for Darren Criss. I will be the first to disagree with him as a choice to host.

    Comment by Butters – March 5, 2013 03:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • and I’ll be the second. I don’t mind the guy- I still watch Glee and thought the Harry Potter musicals were funny – but I don’t think he is in the same league as some of the names suggested here (Nathan Fillion gets my vote).
      That said, I would suggest checking the IP addresses of all the Darren Criss votes, because all these generic girls names suggesting him feels to me like it’s more likely to be one person with too much time on their hands.

      Comment by Joel – March 5, 2013 05:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • oh no, Darren stans flooding a thread.

    Comment by ana – March 5, 2013 03:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ^True dat. This fangirling is gross.

      Comment by Darren Criss – March 5, 2013 05:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Darren Criss would be totally awesome! :D

    Comment by Carmela – March 5, 2013 03:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Anna Kendrick. That is all I’ll say on the matter.

    Comment by RobMF – March 5, 2013 03:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Darren Criss! But Rebel would be FREAKING hilarious! ALSO OMG JESEN ACKLES AND BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH!!!!! Although Misha Collins could probaby pull it off better than Jensen, but he would still be AMAZING! :D

    Comment by Camille – March 5, 2013 03:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Co-hosts Zooey Deschanel and Emily Deschanel!

    Comment by Heather – March 5, 2013 03:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I pick Bridgit Mendler to do both hosting and musical guest on SNL! She’s always have the highest sense of humor!

    Comment by Alex – March 5, 2013 04:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • DARREN CRISS!!!!!!! Performer and host. He would be perfect!

    Comment by Liv – March 5, 2013 04:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Josh Groban!

    Comment by Andrea – March 5, 2013 04:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Darren Criss! He is the ultimate comedian and goober!

    Comment by Emma barrios – March 5, 2013 04:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I would love to see Darren Criss on SNL! He’d be an excellent host & musical guest!

    Comment by Catherine Biggs – March 5, 2013 04:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Darren Criss! He’s the ultimate host!!!

    Comment by Emma barrios – March 5, 2013 04:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Darren Criss was on broadway so he knows the stage and doesn’t choke in front of an audience. He is on TV so he has the ability to create a character and work with direction. He would write his own musicals and occasionally improv on the spot with them when he was in college. If that is not the ideal host for SNL, then I don’t know who is. And a musical guest, I’m sorry but have you seen his billboard hits? He can clearly sing live. Perfect. Absolutely perfect.

    Comment by Liv – March 5, 2013 04:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Darren Criss! He’s worked with past SNL members and is great at making stuff up on the spot. He could also be a musical guest. It’s a great 2-for-1 deal!

    Comment by Megan Reddin (@MusicalMeganR) – March 5, 2013 04:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Darren Criss would be awesome. He’s funny, charismatic, unafraid to laugh at himself, musically talented, has experience with live audiences and improv…. He gets my vote!

    Comment by Beth – March 5, 2013 04:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Darren Criss would be awesome as either a host or a musical guest. Or Chris Colfer could host with Darren Criss as the musical guest!

    Comment by Ellie – March 5, 2013 04:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Darren Criss was BORN to host SNL!!

    Comment by Amanda – March 5, 2013 04:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Darren Criss also! He’s hella talented and super funny to boot! :)

    Comment by Lacey – March 5, 2013 04:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Darren Criss W/ musical guest…Jim and the Povolos or Charlene Kay or Freelance Whales.

    Comment by skye – March 5, 2013 04:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nathan Fillion
    Rebel Wilson
    Max Greenfield
    Jensen Ackles
    Kat Dennings
    YES TO ALL OF THESE.

    Heather Morris from Glee would be fantastic too – she’s awesome.

    Comment by Sara – March 5, 2013 04:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I would love to see Ty Burell from Modern Family

    Comment by Libby – March 5, 2013 04:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jane Curtin. It will almost certainly never happen. But Jane Curtin.

    Comment by Ben P. – March 5, 2013 04:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Darren Criss from Glee!

    Comment by Courtney (@CourtsLosinIt) – March 5, 2013 04:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Darren Criss!!!! He’s so funny!

    Comment by jamie – March 5, 2013 04:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Darren Criss! He wrote a musical called Me and My Dick. Does much more need to be said?

    Comment by Laura – March 5, 2013 04:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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