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'SNL' best host poll: Kevin Hart leads with his strengths

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Kevin Hart
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I’m no fan of those Saturday Night Live opening monologues where the guest host goes out of his or her way to show us how multitalented they are. Typically, that means a song and/or dance from an actor best known for action movies. I prefer what Kevin Hart did: Give us an uproarious eight-minutes of stand-up about the wild critters skulking about his property, including one extremely gangster raccoon.

Hart, hosting for the second time in three seasons, led with what he does best, and though the rest of his sketches may have been uneven, he delivered more real laughs than most of his peers. He was the best part of the subpar Soap Opera Reunion sketch, playing the sound director with a conveniently limited grasp of the English language; and the Bushwick short was pretty great, at least for those Brooklynites in the know.

Overall, Hart was much improved from his SNL debut, and it will be interesting to see if he can dethrone Martin Freeman in our Mr. Saturday Night voting. The Hobbit star is our clear frontrunner, taking more than 50 percent of the vote in his second week on the ballot. Amy Adams seems doomed with a relatively paltry 29 percent after her debut, while Bill Hader and Jim Carrey finished third and fourth, though their support was slightly up. James Franco was voted off the island this week, drawing less than 3 percent of votes.

Previous vote:

Martin Freeman      50.21%

Amy Adams             28.53%

Bill Hader                  11.77%

Jim Carrey                 7.05%

James Franco           2.44%

Our rules are simple: Who was the best, most memorable SNL host? More specifically, who do you hope gets invited back next year? 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, Chris Pratt, Cameron Diaz, Woody Harrelson, and Franco.

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. Make your pick below, and the host with the least support will be eliminated; the other four will advance to compete against Blake Shelton on Jan. 24. Ultimately, we’ll dismiss the less memorable hosts and crown a new Mr. or Mrs. Saturday Night in May. Watch and vote below.

Bill Hader

Jim Carrey

Martin Freeman

Amy Adams

Kevin Hart

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