Rookie Lin-Manuel Miranda tops veteran Tom Hanks as your choice for the best “Saturday Night Live” guest host so far this season. The Gold Derby poll results voted by hundreds of people give Miranda the edge with 35% of support over Hanks with 30%. The other possible choices included premiere host Margot Robbie, who had 20% of the votes, and actress Emily Blunt, who received 15%.
Miranda, who is just an Oscar short of an EGOT with wins at the Tonys, Grammys, and Emmys, hosted this season’s second episode on October 8. It was his first time on the long-running NBC show, with his shot largely due to the big success of his Broadway musical “Hamilton.” He was featured in a rapping monologue (“My Shot”), a campfire couple, “Crucible” cast party short film, substitute teacher, “Wells Fargo Wagon” parody of “The Music Man,” a short film called “Diego Calls His Mom,” and a World War II movie.
Hanks hosted the fourth episode of the season on October 22, his ninth time guesting on the program. The most viral sketch of the 42nd season so far (other than presidential debates featuring Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton) was his Halloween character of David S. Pumpkins. This episode started with him playing moderator Chris Wallace in the final presidential debate. He was then “America’s Dad” in the monologue, a contestant on “Black Jeopardy,” a neighbor with a new song, the older father in a CBS dramedy parody, Captain Sully, and director Ron Howard hosting “America’s Funniest Pets.”
Robbie hosted the debut show on October 1 after a star-making turn in the summer movie “Suicide Squad.” Her fact-check monologue was followed by a news report with her as a host woman paired with an unattractive husband, a wild librarian short film, “Celebrity Family Feud” (playing Ivanka Trump), a “Scooby-Doo” parody, and an actress panel (playing Keira Knightley).
Blunt was the third straight rookie host on October 15 while promoting her new film “The Girl on the Train.” Her “Get Happy” monologue was followed by an escort sketch, a Beyonce music video with the Trumps, film festival parody, Burger King drive-thru window, an indie film with her as “The Sink,” a glitchy robot, “The Great British Bake-Off,” and a bickering group of hamsters.
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