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'SNL' best host poll: Can James Franco go the distance?

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As far as hosting Saturday Night Live goes, you can’t ask for much more than someone like James Franco. That’s not to say that everything he did on the most recent episode was comedy gold, but he’s bold—not the kind of guy who probably says no to too many sketch suggestions. There’s no doubt he was having a good time when he was on the Studio 8H stage, giddy not only for the winning gags but also the moments that threatened to go off the rails. There seemed to be some of both.

It will be interesting to see which of those scenarios ultimately tips the scales with voters. Franco was game, playing Christopher Walken’s Captain Hook, an aging Luke Skywalker, a raging mayoral runnerup, and an exasperated bridge troll. He joins a Mr. Saturday Night contest that’s been wide open since Chris Pratt was eliminated. Cameron Diaz sits in first place after hosting recently, but she leads with only 31.51 percent of the vote—not a particularly auspicious debut.

Last week’s vote:

Cameron Diaz          31.51%

Woody Harrelson   24.81%

Bill Hader                 23.96%

Jim Carrey               12.02%

Chris Pratt                 7.70%

Our rules couldn’t be more simple: Who was the best, most memorable host? More specifically, who do you hope gets invited back? Whose hilarious episode enjoyed multiple viewings on your DVR? Whose show had your boss, your mom, and your roommate still giggling on Monday morning? It’s subjective, of course, but let’s reward the guest hosts who brought something special to the table.

So far, we’ve voted off Sarah Silverman, Chris Rock, and Pratt.

Below, I’ve embedded one representative clip from each of the five hosts, just as a small taste of their recent performances. You’re not voting on this one sketch alone; be sure to consider the entire episode. Vote, and the host with the least support will be sent packing; the other four will advance to compete against Martin Freeman on Dec. 13. Ultimately, we’ll eliminate the less memorable hosts and crown a new Mr. or Mrs. Saturday Night next May. Watch and vote below.

Bill Hader

Jim Carrey

Woody Harrelson

Cameron Diaz 

James Franco

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