Is 2016 the year of the woman, when a female finally gets elected?
I’m referring to Saturday Night Live, of course, and our fifth annual Mr. Saturday Night contest. A woman has never won; hence our sexist title. But this year, the current frontrunner and the sentimental favorite all happen to be women. That’s not to say it’s a cinch. To be a honest, in this year’s polls, the voters have been a little all over the place. (No offense.) Perhaps it’s some spillover from the insane presidential election that has toyed with the parts of our brains that make us fall in and out of love with candidates. Our memories can be pretty short, as demonstrated by our five finalists this year: Ariana Grande, Russell Crowe, Drake, the superteam of Tina Fey & Amy Poehler, and this week’s season finale host, Fred Armisen. Of that group, only Fey & Poehler hosted in the first half of the season.
But that’s why today is so important. Guests who host in the last two months of the SNL season have a definite advantage in our weekly polls. Some of the funniest hosts garnered strong support — at first — but slowly were pushed to the bottom as the season progressed. Like Amy Schumer, Adam Driver, and multi-ep all-star Larry David. To make things a little more fair, we’ve selected 10 of the best SNL hosts who were ultimately overlooked, and voters have the power to grant one of them a mulligan. Your selection will advance to the final and be the sixth name on the last best-host ballot next week. Last year, voters saved Martin Freeman in the second-chance poll, and he went on to win the crown as the season’s best host.
So think hard about the shows and which guests made you laugh the hardest. Our previous winners have been Fallon, Timberlake, and Freeman — hardly slackers in the hosting department. Decide which one of the names below deserve to be considered for that class, and then check back on Monday to see who made the cut.