After 20 episodes, the 38th season of Saturday Night Live comes to a close this weekend, with Ben Affleck as the finale’s guest host. The Oscar-winner will join the show’s Five-Timer’s Club, and even if the show doesn’t make a big deal out of it, like it recently did for Justin Timberlake, the episode has real promise. Affleck might not yet be on the level of Alec Baldwin or Jon Hamm, but he’s delivered some good yuks over the years, like when he responded to Matt Damon’s criticism and did a totally committed impression of Keith Olbermann whose co-op’s no-pet policy sent him into a rage.
Affleck enjoys a distinct advantage in our year-long contest to select Saturday Night Live’s best host. By simply appearing last, he advances to our final vote. His performance will certainly be fresher in everyone’s minds on Monday, when the poll opens, but his competition is formidable, with Timberlake, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, and Martin Short all advancing. Facing that quartet, Affleck will have to earn the right to succeed Mr. Saturday Night 2012 Jimmy Fallon.
But Affleck won’t only have to top the other four SNL survivors from a season’s worth of voting. There will be a sixth finalist, determined by you. Democracy can be a fickle beast, and online democracy… well, forget about it. During our weekly series of votes, many voters have expressed their dismay in the Comments that their favorite SNL host was no longer an option because they’d previously been eliminated. Last year, for example, there were screams that Maya Rudolph was not a finalist after she hosted one of the season’s best episodes. (Yes, those screams came from my office.)
This year, we’re giving you a mulligan – a second chance to correct an oversight or to restore a contender who simply had the misfortune of hosting in October. How is Louis CK not still in the mix, you might ask. Seth MacFarlane and Anne Hathaway were by far the best hosts of the year, you doofuses, insist others! Well, now is your time to be heard, to right a wrong. Vote below for the best SNL host who didn’t make the cut – but should’ve.
This shouldn’t be a popularity contest, and bless you, you’ve proven during the course of the contest to appreciate that. We all revere the institution of Saturday Night Live, so give new life to the host that did the show the most proud.
The host with the most votes will be on the final ballot on Monday morning.