Hosting “Saturday Night Live” is on most celebrities’ bucket lists. While some excel, others have proven just how hard the live television sketch program really is. Only an elite group of individuals have joined what Tom Hanks dubbed the “Five-Timers Club.” By the end of the 42nd season, the club will have two more members: Melissa McCarthy and Dwayne Johnson. Click through our photo gallery above to see all of the members and how many times they’ve hosted “SNL.”
Pictured above: Justin Timberlake being inducted into the club in 2013. While the cast did sing for Scarlett Johansson in 2017 and give her the members’ blazer, they haven’t always marked the occasion. Tina Fey co-hosted on her fifth time with Amy Poehler in 2015 and nothing special was done to mark the occasion. The same can be said for Ben Affleck in 2013. Here’s hoping that when McCarthy hosts in May “SNL” has something special planned, as she’s been nominated for an Emmy Award for each of her appearances (2012, 2013, 2014, 2016).
Hosting “SNL” has never been more appealing for celebs as they are now eligible to compete at the Emmys for Best Comedy Guest Actor or Actress. Last year, Fey & Poehler won Best Comedy Guest Actress for their stint as host, edging out McCarthy and Amy Schumer. And “SNL” alum Tracy Morgan and Larry David were both nominated for Best Comedy Guest Actor, but they lost to Peter Scolari (“Girls”). While frequent host Baldwin cannot be submitted as a Guest Actor this year it might open the door for Hanks to score his first Emmy nomination for acting. And over on the ladies’ side, five times might finally prove lucky for McCarthy and her much buzzed-about Sean Spicer impersonation.
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