Most Repeated SNL Hosts

October 13, 2010 11:02 am Humor, Television

Live from New York…it’s Saturday night!  Across hundreds of episodes there have been hundreds of hosts, but there’s a special list of hosts that have hosted five times or more.  Here is a list of the most repeated SNL hosts across 36 seasons of the show.

Steve Martin – 15 episodes

Steve Martin

Steve Martin first hosted the show on October 23, 1976.  He reached his Five Timer status on April 22, 1979 and last hosted the show on January 31, 1999.  Never actually a cast member, a common misconception, Martin is tied for the most times hosting SNL.

Alec Baldwin – 15 episodes

Alec Baldwin

The other member of the 15 timer club, Alec Baldwin has done several memorable characters on the show.  He first hosted on April 21, 1990 and received his Five Timer status on December 10, 1994.  He’s the most recent to host on the list, having last hosted on May 15, 2010.

John Goodman – 12 episodes

John Goodman

John Goodman first hosted SNL on December 2, 1989 and got his Five Timer status on May 7, 1994.  It’s been a while since he hosted, having last hosted on November 3, 2001.

Buck Henry – 10 episodes

Buck Henry

I’m not going to lie, I had to look up Buck Henry.  He first hosted on January 17, 1976 and received his Five Timer status on November 19, 1977.  He last hosted on May 24, 1980, more than 30 years ago.

Chevy Chase – 8 episodes

Chevy Chase

The first former cast member to reach Five Timer status, and the only member of the club to be banned from hosting again.  Chevy first hosted on February 19, 1978 and reached Five Timer status on December 6, 1986.  He last hosted on February 15, 1997 and has been banned from hosting again after several backstage incidents, though he has made guest cameos from time to time since then.

Tom Hanks – 8 episodes

Tom Hanks

Another favorite with characters that are classic, Tom Hanks first hosted SNL on December 14, 1985 and reached Five Timer status on December 8, 1990.  His last hosting appearance was on May 6, 2006.





Christopher Walken – 7 episodes

Christopher Walken

Owner of one of the arguably most popular characters on SNL (More Cowbell!), Walken first hosted on January 20, 1990 and achieved Five Timer status on May 19, 2001.  His last hosting appearance was April 5, 2008.

Elliot Gould – 6 episodes

Elliot Gould

It’s been a while since Elliot Gould hosted, and his first hosting appearance was on January 10, 1976.  He achieved Five Timer status on February 16, 1980 and last hosted months later on November 15, 1980.

Danny DeVito – 6 episodes

Danny DeVito

DeVito first hosted on May 15, 1982 and got his Five Timer status on January 9, 1993.  It’s been a while since Danny hosted though, as he last hosted SNL on December 10, 1999.

Drew Barrymore – 6 episodes

Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore is also the youngest host ever on SNL, having hosted at the age of 7.  Her first appearance on the show was on November 20, 1982 and she received Five Timer status on February 3, 2007, the most recent on the list.  Her last appearance was on October 10, 2009.

Candice Bergen – 5 episodes

Candice Bergen

The only other woman on the list, the actress probably best known for Murphy Brown first hosted on November 8, 1975 and received her Five Timer status on May 19, 1990, which was also her last hosting gig.

Bill Murray – 5 episodes

Bill Murray

The only other SNL alumnus on the list, Bill’s first hosting appearance occurred on Marcy 7, 1981.  He achieved Five Timer status on February 20, 1999, his last appearance on the show.

There’s sure to be more names on this list in the coming years.  There are several stars that are close to being on the list, most notably Ashton Kutcher and Ben Affleck with 4 appearances each, and Justin Timberlake with 3.



1 Comment

  1. Ed Wilbury says:

    I hadn't heard of Buck Henry either. Can't be believe he hosted the show 10 times. Definitely part of the first generation of the show. He's still alive apparently (79 years old). I think he should be called back.