Dana Edelson/NBC
Jeff Labrecque
November 07, 2011 AT 08:01 PM EST

For an entertainer, hosting Saturday Night Live for the first time is a huge career moment, recognizing not only that they’ve arrived, but that they’re cool. Just think about all the hosts over the years who’ve begun their monologue with wide-eyed giddiness about where they’re standing and gone on to gush about the legends they grew up watching on the same stage. Hosting SNL, however, is also a terrifying high-wire act that can be humbling or even humiliating. Not every star has the ability to be funny live, and when they’re not, there’s only so much the talented ensemble can do. But overwhelmed, deer-in-the-headlights hosts simply make you appreciate the greats, like Alec Baldwin, Jon Hamm, Justin Timberlake, and Tom Hanks, even more. If you can make it here, in Studio 8H, you can make it anywhere. 

Thus far this season, we’ve had a mixed bag, with two first-timers (Melissa McCarthy, Charlie Day), two returning hosts (Ben Stiller, Anna Faris) and a Hall of Famer (Baldwin).

But who’s been the best host so far? (Not “Who do we like the best in general?” or “Whose legacy of SNL appearances puts them in the pantheon?”) Simply put, who had the best Saturday Night Live episode? Below, I’ve embedded one clip for each of the five hosts, just to remind you of their recent performances. Vote below, and the host with the least popular support will be eliminated, and the other four will advance next week to compete against Saturday’s host Emma Stone. Ultimately, we’ll eliminate the less memorable hosts and crown a Host With the Most at the end of Saturday Night Live‘s season. Simple. Ruthless. Totally biased. Just like comedy. Watch and vote below.






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