A lot has changed since Matthew McConaughey last hosted Saturday Night Live in 2003. Back then, he was promoting How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, undoubtedly one of the top 16 movies he’d made up to that point in his career. This time around, he had … absolutely nothing to promote. But he’s got an Oscar and credibility and … dare we say … gravitas. (I’d like to listen to McConaughey say “gravitas” over and over, preferably while diving a Lincoln.)
McConaughey is a natural raconteur, so his monologue was right in his wheelhouse: story time about his first role in Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused. The sketches may have been a tad uneven, but he was committed and seemed to have fun. He now enters a wide-open Mr. Saturday Night contest that’s still in its early stages. Last week was the first poll, and voters were high on Amy Schumer while ignoring the season-premiere host, Miley Cyrus. Somehow, Donald Trump survived, but no one should be surprised by the mogul-turned-candidate’s poll performances any more. A few tweets from The Donald and he might soar to the top!
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 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.
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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 Ryan Gosling on Dec. 5. Ultimately, we’ll dismiss the less memorable hosts and crown a new Mr. or Mrs. Saturday Night in May. Watch and vote below.