With only two episodes remaining in this season’s Saturday Night Live, our year-long contest to honor the show’s best guest host is racing around the final turn towards the finish line. Zach Galifianakis made his case over the weekend with a delightfully weird show that reveled in the comic’s zaniness and signature mock outrage. The star of The Hangover movies had some help — with cameos from his Hangover buds, a Game of Thrones stud, and even Jon Hamm — but Galifianakis more than pulled his own weight. Now that he’s hosted SNL three times, he’s earned the right to be on the show’s short list of go-to guests, especially after the double-dose of “Darrell’s House.” (No bonus points for web exclusives in our competition, but this cut sketch of the “Kanish” was just what the doctor or–)
Justin Timberlake and Melissa McCarthy continue to dominate the voting, and Vince Vaughn performed well enough to eliminate Seth MacFarlane, who was threatening to go wire-to-wire after hosting this season’s premiere. Vaughn has his work cut out for him, since Galifianakis is sure to draw a fair amount of support this week, and Kristen Wiig is on-deck. The Bridemaids star returns to host for the first time since her emotional last dance signaled her departure from the show last May after seven seasons. Even Timberlake should be worried…
Remember, everyone: we’re trying to recognize the best SNL host, the funniest, most-memorable host who raised everyone’s game and put on a performance that would’ve been excellent in the greatest of classic SNL seasons. Were people in the office elevator still chuckling about the episode this morning? How many times have you re-viewed a sketch online? Do you want to see this host back on the show next season? Just some things to consider.
Below, I’ve embedded one representative clip for each of the five hosts currently in the race. After the vote, the host with the least support will be eliminated, and the surviving four will face off against Wiig, and then Ben Affleck in the season finale. It’s not going to be easy to be this year’s Mr. or Ms. Saturday Night.
Watch the clips, refresh your memories, and vote below.