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)

  • 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!

    Comment by Kim Lowe – March 5, 2013 09:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • NATHAN FILLION!!! <3

    Comment by Azeila – March 5, 2013 09:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Would LOVE for Darren Criss to host!

    Comment by cinematt01 – March 5, 2013 09:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by Laura Jensen – March 5, 2013 10:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Darren Criss! JUST LOOK AT HIM! Comedian is all over his face!

    Comment by Emma Barrios – March 5, 2013 10:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Darren Criss would be THE ultimate choice. There’s no more complete artist in this world (honestly)

    Comment by Vanessa GUERANGER – March 5, 2013 11:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Norman Reedus all the way! I think Jim Parsons would be good too, but definitely Norman Reedus!! <3

    Comment by Beth Strigle – March 5, 2013 11:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by Lucy – March 5, 2013 11:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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…..

    Comment by Courtney Moore – March 6, 2013 12:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Add Darren Criss to the list, and I’m happy! He would be an amazing host and musical guest!

    Comment by Mariska – March 6, 2013 12:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Darren Criss!! He’d be perfect on the show!

    Comment by Valentina (@mirtilla83) – March 6, 2013 01:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by Nicole – March 6, 2013 01:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Darren Criss would be an awesome host and performer! There’s nothing quite like seeing him shine onstage!

    Comment by Carolyn – March 6, 2013 02:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Darren Criss would be the perfect host for SNL. He should also be considered for musical guest. :)

    Comment by Kimm T. – March 6, 2013 04:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Muppets!!!!

    Comment by ncmacasl – March 6, 2013 06:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Darren Criss as host AND musical guest!

    Comment by Jen – March 6, 2013 06:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • RuPaul and Michelle Visage…they would be a riot!

    Comment by Jake – March 6, 2013 06:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jooooooooooooe Manganiello, meow meow oh and let disturbed be the musical guest. PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE

    Comment by teresa – March 6, 2013 06:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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 ;)

    Comment by Katie – March 6, 2013 07:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • NORMAN REEDUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Linda Murphy – March 6, 2013 07:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Norman Reedus with Jamie N Commons would be the most watched SNL EVER!…Norman Reedus..(Daryl Dixon)..You wouldn’t regreat that…:)

    Comment by Bonnie Taylor Chapman – March 6, 2013 07:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Darren Criss would be amazing!!

    Comment by Morgan Rachel – March 6, 2013 08:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nathan Fillion would definitely be fun. Darren Chris as musical guest and have them both do some skits together too.

    Comment by Jette – March 6, 2013 08:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I NEVER watch SNL but I would DEFINITELY watch if Nathan FIllion or Jensen Ackles was hosting.

    Comment by Spikenalabama – March 6, 2013 08:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Darren Criss!!!!!

    Comment by Brie – March 6, 2013 09:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Brad Pitt has a great sense of humor. Would be great to see him doing some sketches!

    Comment by MarianaH – March 6, 2013 09:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Shawn and Gus… Amen

    Comment by A – March 6, 2013 09:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • OMG Nathan Fillion PLEASE

    Comment by LaurenMC – March 6, 2013 10:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Darren Criss

    Comment by Billie – March 6, 2013 10:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Has Steve Carrell ever hosted? I think he’d be great!!

    Comment by Joe Strummer – March 6, 2013 10:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I also think Joel McHale would be good.

    Comment by Joe Strummer – March 6, 2013 10:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Plum – March 6, 2013 10:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • KELLY. CLARKSON. that is all.

    Comment by JKR – March 6, 2013 10:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Paget Brewster

    Comment by Kiana – March 6, 2013 11:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nathan Fillion would OWN snl.

    Comment by Jepha – March 6, 2013 11:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Norman Reedus…all the way baby! He’d definitely bring in his fan base!

    Comment by Tammy Huff – March 6, 2013 12:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Darren Criss! He would be awesome!

    Comment by :) – March 6, 2013 12:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • cobie smulders. give her a chance to stretch her comedy range beyond weird canadian and you could have something fantastic.

    Comment by Alan – March 6, 2013 12:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by Kaleigh – March 6, 2013 01:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Letty Mendoza (@HeyItsLetty) – March 6, 2013 01:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Darren Criss!!!

    Comment by Caitlynn – March 6, 2013 01:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.
    AND MICHAEL WEATHERLY YESYESYESYESYES a million times yes!
    Kat Dennings too!

    Comment by Sheila – March 6, 2013 02:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Darren Criss- both hosting and performing!

    Comment by edward14 – March 6, 2013 02:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jensen Ackles!

    Comment by Jane – March 6, 2013 02:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • DARREN CRISS!

    Comment by Ally – March 6, 2013 02:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I agree with adding Darren Criss to the list he could host and be musical guest

    Comment by Sabrina Schroeder – March 6, 2013 03:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Darren Criss for sure!! With musical guest Charlene Kaye or Darren. He would be funny and get a TON of people watching.

    Comment by Cristi – March 6, 2013 03:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Josh Groban!!!

    Comment by Melody – March 6, 2013 07:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by Laura – March 7, 2013 07:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Darren Criss with musical guest Darren Criss~!! Yes Please!!!!

    Comment by sarah – March 7, 2013 10:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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