Of the 12 men to host “Saturday Night Live” during its insanely viral 42nd season, who is your favorite? Among this year’s stand-out male hosts are Five-Timers Club members Tom Hanks, Alec Baldwin and Dwayne Johnson, former series regular Jimmy Fallon and Oscar winner Casey Affleck (“Manchester by the Sea”). Familiarize yourself with the “SNL” Season 42 hosts in our photo gallery above, and then have your say by voting in our poll below.
Lin-Manuel Miranda (October 8, 2016) — Lin-Manuel 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.
Tom Hanks (October 22, 2016) — Tom 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.”
Benedict Cumberbatch (November 5, 2016) — Benedict Cumberbatch hosted “SNL” for the first time on November 5. This episode opened with a presidential sketch featuring Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton and Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump. Cumberbatch then had a singing monologue about himself, the game show “Why Is Benedict Cumberbatch Hot?,” a short film about Koohl Toilet, a surprise bachelorette sketch, “Office Hours,” “Gemma and Ricky” restaurant sketch, Cumberbatch as a criminal mastermind, and a meeting with Mr. Shaw. Special guests included Bill Murray, Dana Carvey (as the Church Lady), and members of the Chicago Cubs (World Series winners).
Dave Chappelle (November 13, 2016) — Dave Chappelle hosted “SNL” for the first time on November 13. His appearances on the episode included his stand-up monologue about the election results, an election viewing party, a parody of “The Walking Dead” with characters from “Chappelle’s Show,” a bad sketch take-off called “Jheri’s Place,” last call in a bar, and a football party.
John Cena (December 10, 2016) — John Cena became a first-time host in December. His sketches included a tough guy monologue, hosting a game show, film shorts about karate and a police woman duo, football science presentation, playing Rob Gronkowski on a game show, and being a boss at a Christmas party.
Casey Affleck (December 17, 2016) — Casey Affleck hosted the final episode of 2016. His sketches included an opening monologue with guests Alec Baldwin and John Goodman, Dunkin’ Donuts short film, robot presentation, Christmas miracle, New York Now, Mrs. Claus and the Elves, and Christmas bar.
Aziz Ansari (January 21, 2017) — Aziz Ansari hosted for the first time in mid-January. He started with a stand-up monologue and then had sketches of the bookworm game show, “La La Land” interrogation, attorney ad, bedroom dirty talk, Uber ride, and Pizza Town.
Alec Baldwin (February 11, 2017) — Alec Baldwin extended his record by hosting for the 17th time on February 11. His opening monologue with Pete Davidson kidding him about his age was followed by a Russell Stover commercial, Super Bowl ad pitch, drill sergeant, Donald Trump’s ‘People’s Court,’ Beyonce’s Babies, and gym class.
Louis C.K. (April 8, 2017) – Louis C.K. returned for a fourth time as host and opened his portion of the show with a stand-up monologue. His other sketches included him as an attorney with gorgeous eyelashes, fake activism online (‘Thank You, Scott’), soda shop, a clown giving a private show to an adult, sectionals commercial, and tenement museum.
Jimmy Fallon (April 15, 2017) — Former cast member Jimmy Fallon returned to host for a third time. Both prior times have brought him Emmy Awards as Best Comedy Guest Actor. His sketches included the opening as Jared Kushner, a musical monologue, an older and younger John Travolta on Celebrity Family Feud, “Take Me Back,” Civil War soldiers, a Turtle Shirt commercial, the return of Sully and Denise, and a short film about basketball.
Chris Pine (May 6, 2017) — Chris Pine hosted for the first time on May 6. After his musical monologue about confusion with other “Chris” actors, he appeared in sketches about “Where in the World is Kellyanne Conway,” a World Peace rap short, SWAT recon, an office meeting, The House short, auto shop, ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ short, ‘Star Trek’ lost episode, and couples game night.
Dwayne Johnson (May 20, 2017) — Dwayne Johnson hosted the Season 42 finale on May 21, 2017. His opening monologue had Alec Baldwin and Tom Hanks welcoming him into the five-timers club. He then announced that he and Hanks would be the presidential ticket in 2020. His other sketches included a WWE promo shoot, ‘Scorpio’ super hero with tailoring skills, RKO movie set, Jurassic Park ride, a rap video, male enhancement drug, senior high video, and a tacky bartender.
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