“Just go have fun and be a jackass.” That’s what Jeremy Renner’s The Town co-star – and SNL all-star – Jon Hamm advised the Oscar-nominated actor about the opportunity to host for the first time. And even though Renner isn’t known for his comedy – “If I laugh in one of my movies,” he said during his opening monologue, “somebody dies” – he seemed willing to pile up a high body count. Perhaps that’s why I laughed hardest when he and Taran Killam filled Bobby Moynihan with lead during “The Stand Off” digital short.
But Renner has some imposing competition in our latest Saturday Night Live host poll. First off, there’s Anne Hathaway. If audience reaction seemed mixed after her show last week, there turned out to be an enormous enthusiasm gap between those who loved her and those who wrinkled their noses. She rocked 57 percent of the vote, topping Louis C.K.’s performance and marking the best voting debut for a host since Jimmy Fallon last season. Seth MacFarlane continued to prove that his season premiere had lasting power, and Bruno Mars held on to eliminate Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Click below for last week’s official results, and then vote on whether Renner earned a spot in the final four.
For first-time voters, our rules are simple: Who was the best SNL host? Every show is different, and every host rises or falls based on the material he or she is given. But let’s all agree that we know a great host when we see it. Below, I’ve embedded one clip for each of the five hosts, just as a reminder of their recent performances. After the vote, the host with the least support will be eliminated, and the other four will advance to compete against Jamie Foxx on Dec. 8. Ultimately, we’ll eliminate the less memorable hosts and crown a new Mr. or Mrs. Saturday Night. Watch and vote below.