So far in 2018 three movie stars and one former “SNL” cast member have been asked to host Season 43 of “Saturday Night Live.” The late-night staple is on a break now until after NBC’s airing of the Olympics, so it’s the perfect time to look back on how each of these four hosts did at bat. After last year’s viral season that took the country — and the Emmys — by storm, there’s a lot of pressure on “SNL” to keep up the momentum. Which host do YOU think did the best job in January/February? Vote in our poll below.
Sam Rockwell — January 13, 2018
This Oscar nominee for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” has dominated awards shows in recent weeks, winning Best Supporting Actor prizes at the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice and SAG Awards. During his monologue Rockwell poked fun at his newfound leading man status by singing and dancing around the Studio 8H stage to a cover of Elvis Presley‘s “A Little Less Conversation.” Rockwell’s first time hosting “SNL” went off with a tiny glitch as he dropped the F-bomb during a sketch about a PBS kids show.
Jessica Chastain — January 20, 2018
The “Molly’s Game” star joked that she’s always wanted to host “Saturday Night Live” but couldn’t due to her busy schedule of playing “strong, powerful” women on the big screen. In honor of the second annual Women’s March, Chastain sang a rendition of Lesley Gore‘s “You Don’t Own Me” with Kate McKinnon and Cecily Strong. One of her strongest sketches was a game show titled “What Even Matters Anymore” in which she wonders why the president isn’t being held accountable for any of his crazy actions.
Will Ferrell — January 27, 2018
Former cast member Ferrell returned as for host the fourth time following stints in 2005, 2009 and 2012. Fans were ecstatic to see him bring back his bumbling impression of George W. Bush; in fact, he won our recent poll as the greatest “SNL” president of all time. Ferrell appeared woozy and bloody during his monologue, pretending to have cut his head just prior to coming out. He also starred in a viral sketch in which friends nervously discussed Aziz Ansari‘s alleged sexual misconduct over dinner.
Natalie Portman — February 3, 2018
Portman returned as host last week for the first time since 2006. Over the past 12 years Portman has gone on to win an Oscar and have two children, but fans were happy to see that she didn’t lose her talent for rapping about sex, violence and drugs. Also of note, “Saturday Night Live” staged a fun First Ladies meet-up between Jackie Kennedy (Portman), Hillary Clinton (Kate McKinnon), Martha Washington (Aidy Bryant), Michelle Obama (Leslie Jones) and Melania Trump (Strong).