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 are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. Kim Lowe says:

    I’ll grant that Donald Glover could rock the hosting/guesting gig, but I love the idea of Darren Criss filling both those roles. In addition to all his talents and skills other people have been mentioning and his positive, established working relationship with Kristen Wiig, there’s also the fact that Darren Criss is good at and willing to go the extra mile in promoting any project he does. Katie Couric made several very flattering comments about him when interviewing Jane Lynch recently, and he has had a nice rapport with Ellen DeGeneres on her show, so, there are two NBC programs on which he could appear to help promote his SNL appearance.

    Yes, Darren can!

  2. Azeila says:


  3. cinematt01 says:

    Would LOVE for Darren Criss to host!

  4. Laura Jensen says:

    If Darren Criss and/or Rebel Wilson hosted an evening of SNL I would die to see what would happen. They’re both so crazy talented, yet he is an adorable goofball and she is just funny as hell- I would love to see what would happen. Darren Criss especially appeals to me though!

  5. Emma Barrios says:

    Darren Criss! JUST LOOK AT HIM! Comedian is all over his face!

  6. Vanessa GUERANGER says:

    Darren Criss would be THE ultimate choice. There’s no more complete artist in this world (honestly)

  7. Beth Strigle says:

    Norman Reedus all the way! I think Jim Parsons would be good too, but definitely Norman Reedus!! <3

  8. Lucy says:

    Rebel Wilson and Dule Hill and James Roday for the win! They should add Tim Curry, Jon Stewart, and Andrew Rannells (The New Normal, The Book of Mormon) to the list and have a truly fantastic month of hosts!

  9. Courtney Moore says:

    I Love Nathan Fillion, or any Of the cast of Castle..Stana Katic, Seamus Dever, jon huertas, Susan Sullivan, molly quinn, penny johnson jerald, or ex cast member Rubin Santiago-hudson…..

  10. Mariska says:

    Add Darren Criss to the list, and I’m happy! He would be an amazing host and musical guest!

  11. Darren Criss!! He’d be perfect on the show!

  12. Nicole says:

    Darren Criss would be an amazing host AND musical guest! With his skills from broadway and his acting/comedy background he’d be the perfect host!

  13. Carolyn says:

    Darren Criss would be an awesome host and performer! There’s nothing quite like seeing him shine onstage!

  14. Kimm T. says:

    Darren Criss would be the perfect host for SNL. He should also be considered for musical guest. :)

  15. ncmacasl says:

    The Muppets!!!!

  16. Jen says:

    Darren Criss as host AND musical guest!

  17. Jake says:

    RuPaul and Michelle Visage…they would be a riot!

  18. teresa says:

    Jooooooooooooe Manganiello, meow meow oh and let disturbed be the musical guest. PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE

  19. Katie says:

    Darren Criss would be a great host, he is funny and easy going, and I would love to see him on my TV late Saturday night ;)

  20. Linda Murphy says:

    NORMAN REEDUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Norman Reedus with Jamie N Commons would be the most watched SNL EVER!…Norman Reedus..(Daryl Dixon)..You wouldn’t regreat that…:)

  22. Darren Criss would be amazing!!

  23. Jette says:

    Nathan Fillion would definitely be fun. Darren Chris as musical guest and have them both do some skits together too.

  24. Spikenalabama says:

    I NEVER watch SNL but I would DEFINITELY watch if Nathan FIllion or Jensen Ackles was hosting.

  25. Brie says:

    Darren Criss!!!!!

  26. MarianaH says:

    Brad Pitt has a great sense of humor. Would be great to see him doing some sketches!

  27. A says:

    Shawn and Gus… Amen

  28. LaurenMC says:

    OMG Nathan Fillion PLEASE

  29. Billie says:

    Darren Criss

  30. Joe Strummer says:

    Has Steve Carrell ever hosted? I think he’d be great!!

  31. Joe Strummer says:

    I also think Joel McHale would be good.

  32. Plum says:

    Joe M. is charming and funny; I’m surprised he’s never hosted. He’s done funny bits for the MTV awards, on late night and look at that punim.

  33. JKR says:

    KELLY. CLARKSON. that is all.

  34. Kiana says:

    Paget Brewster

  35. Jepha says:

    Nathan Fillion would OWN snl.

  36. Tammy Huff says:

    Norman Reedus…all the way baby! He’d definitely bring in his fan base!

  37. :) says:

    Darren Criss! He would be awesome!

  38. Alan says:

    cobie smulders. give her a chance to stretch her comedy range beyond weird canadian and you could have something fantastic.

  39. Kaleigh says:

    Rebel Wilson would be hilarious! I also think Darren Criss would be a great addition to the list! Not only is he a great professional actor but he did a lot of comedic shows with Team Starkid!

  40. Rebel Wilson is a definite, Nene Leaks, one who was not mentioned but should have been was Darren Criss. he will be the best host!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  41. Caitlynn says:

    Darren Criss!!!

  42. Sheila says:

    Darren Criss would be fabulous. He’s funny, HUGE fanbase would tune in (Starkids unite!) great on stage in “live” settings.
    From this list James Roday and Dule Hill PLEASE! Separate would be good but together, GREAT.
    Kat Dennings too!

  43. edward14 says:

    Darren Criss- both hosting and performing!

  44. Jane says:

    Jensen Ackles!

  45. Ally says:


  46. Sabrina Schroeder says:

    I agree with adding Darren Criss to the list he could host and be musical guest

  47. Cristi says:

    Darren Criss for sure!! With musical guest Charlene Kaye or Darren. He would be funny and get a TON of people watching.

  48. Melody says:

    Josh Groban!!!

  49. Laura says:

    i would love to see Norman Reedus host! he tweeted that it was the best day ever when SNL did the Walking Dead skit so i think he would do it!

  50. sarah says:

    Darren Criss with musical guest Darren Criss~!! Yes Please!!!!