NBC’s 41-year-old variety institution “Saturday Night Live” has been on fire this season with its first four episodes, largely due to a presidential campaign featuring Donald Trump (guest star Alec Baldwin) and Hillary Clinton (Emmy winner Kate McKinnon). But which of the four eclectic October hosts — Margot Robbie, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Blunt and Tom Hanks — was best? Take our new poll below and give us your choice.
Robbie hosted the 42nd season premiere on October 1 after her well-received role 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).
The second episode was hosted by Tony, Grammy and Emmy winner Miranda following the blockbuster success this year 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.
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.
Hanks was the fourth host but the one with the most experience by far. It was his ninth effort from the past three decades and 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, David Pumpkins on a Halloween ride, Captain Sully, and director Ron Howard hosting “America’s Funniest Pets.”
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