Michael Keaton didn’t take home the Oscar for Best Actor, but his Birdman-fueled renaissance has been good for everyone who’s loved him since the first time he hosted Saturday Night Live—way back in 1982. Back then, he was in between Night Shift and Mr. Mom, two comedies that helped make him a star and set him on the path to iconic performances in Beetlejuice—and, ultimately, Batman.
23 years after his last SNL appearance, we might’ve expected Keaton to be one of those middle-aged movie stars who coasts at Studio 8H. But the rejuvenating spirit of Birdman seemed to inspire Keaton to tackle SNL like it was his first time and he still had something to prove. For the second consecutive show, the host and the writers connected to make an SNL that was both funny and unpredictable. Keaton’s monologue demonstrated that he knows how others perceive his career, and that he has a sense of humor about it. His teacher in Mike O’Brien’s high-school movie parody was weird and hilarious. And I’m still chuckling at his belly-button-bleeding ad-man.
Suddenly, our Mr. Saturday Night contest—and right now, it’s between five men—is extremely competitive. Dwayne Johnson debuted with a rock-solid 72.4 percent in our most recent poll, out-muscling Chris Hemsworth, who sank 60 points after his own impressive debut. Bill Hader and Martin Freeman are still hanging around, but one of these guys is going to have to follow Dakota Johnson to the elimination station.
Our rules are simple: Who was the best, most memorable SNL host this season? More specifically, who do you hope gets invited back next year? Whose hilarious episode enjoyed multiple viewings on your DVR? Whose show had your boss, your mom, and your roommate still giggling on Monday morning? It’s subjective, of course, but let’s reward the guest hosts who brought something special to the table.
So far, we’ve voted off Sarah Silverman, Chris Rock, Chris Pratt, Cameron Diaz, Woody Harrelson, James Franco, Amy Adams, Jim Carrey, Kevin Hart, J.K. Simmons, Blake Shelton, and Johnson.
Below, watch one representative clip from each of the five hosts, just as a small taste of their recent performances. You’re not voting on this one sketch alone; be sure to consider the entire episode. Make your pick below, and the host with the least support will be eliminated; the other four will advance to compete against Empire’s Taraji P. Henson on April 11. Ultimately, we’ll dismiss the less memorable hosts and crown a new Mr. or Mrs. Saturday Night in May. Watch and vote below.