By Jeff Labrecque
Updated December 05, 2011 at 06:37 PM EST
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Boardwalk Empire‘s Steve Buscemi ushered in the holiday season Saturday night, hosting SNL for the first time since 1998. Back then, he was a revered character actor most famous for playing the “weaselly thug” from Fargo who got shoved into a wood-chipper. Today, he’s the star of HBO’s award-winning drama — buuuuut still most famous for being fed to that wood chipper, no?

His intro on Saturday night made light of his being typecast as a supporting player, and the subsequent skits reinforced his squirrelly on-screen persona, especially the one where he played the college assistant coach who was most definitely not a pedophile. Maybe we would’ve liked a little more Buscemi — he was the supporting player in several skits — but he had his moments, especially when Batman (Andy Samberg) followed his Commissioner Gordon back to his shower in a very funny digital short. But how does he compare with the season’s top hosts so far? Melissa McCarthy remains the frontrunner in EW’s season-long hunt to determine the best SNL host, with 39.7 percent in the most recent poll. Jason Segel (and the Muppets) were a strong second with 38.4 percent. Emma Stone held tough with 12.9 percent of voters, and all-timer Alec Baldwin (5.0 percent) actually got a boost from the voters to send Charlie Day packing.

Did Buscemi do enough to break in to the Top 4? As previously explained, this isn’t a popularity contest. Rather, “Who had the best Saturday Night Live episode?” Below, I’ve embedded one clip for each of the five hosts, just to remind you of their recent performances. Vote below, and the host with the least popular support will be sent packing, and the other four will advance to compete next Saturday against Katy Perry. Ultimately, we’ll crown the Saturday Night Liveliest host at the end of the season. Is Buscemi the one to finally knock McCarthy from first place? Watch and vote below.






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Boardwalk Empire

Steve Buscemi stars in HBO’s sprawling Prohibition drama set in Atlantic City.
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