Right now we’re on a break in the middle of the the milestone 40th season of “Saturday Night Live,” and we’ve seen several first-time hosts take the stage like Chris Pratt, Martin Freeman and former cast member Sarah Silverman. And with roughly about a dozen episodes left before the end of the season (not to mention the first half of the 41st season this fall), there’s plenty of opportunities for fresh blood to pull hosting duties in Studio 8H this year. So here’s 15 people who have never hosted “SNL” that we’d like to see get the gig.
Chloe Grace Moretz
Projects to Plug – Adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places
Why She’d Be a Great Host – The young actress is an eclectic talent having starred in a variety of films like Kick-Ass, The Equalizer, Carrie, Laggies, Let Me In and most recently If I Stay. But perhaps the best evidence of her ability to host “SNL” would be her guest star turn on “30 Rock” where she went toe-to-toe with Alec Baldwin’s Jack Doanaghy. She’s got great comedic timing, and it would be great to see such a young, deserving star host.
Projects to Plug – The final season of “Parks & Recreation,” the second season of “Fargo” and A Walk in the Woods with Robert Redford
Why He’d Be a Great Host – For anyone who’s seen “Parks & Recreation,” you’re probably already a big fan of Offerman, but he’s way more than Ron Swanson. Though there’s plenty of Offerman in the masculine, mustachioed character, that’s not all he has to offer. The actor has also done plenty of great voicework as Metal Beard in The LEGO Movie, plus supporting turns in the 21 Jump Street franchise and indies like Kings of Summer and Smashed. He’s a comedy star, and has quite a fan following, so let’s give him the spotlight.
Projects to Plug – Mortdecai, Black Mass, Yoga Hosers
Why He’d Be a Great Host – Honestly, I’m a little sick of Johnny Depp, since his oddball big screen characters are just getting tiresome (five minutes of Into the Woods was more than enough). So what better chance to run through a bunch of them in one sitting by having him host “Saturday Night Live” this year? Depp has been testing my patience lately, but it’s hard to deny his ability to disappear into characters, and it would be interesting to see what he could do in a live sketch comedy setting.
Projects to Plug – Blackhat, In the Heart of the Sea, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Vacation
Why He’d Be a Great Host – With four projects hitting theaters this year, Chris Hemsworth is going to be a busy guy. And since this year actually marks his first foray into big screen comedy with the reboot of Vacation, starring Ed Helms as a grown up Rusty Griswold, there’s no better way for Hemsworth to keep stretching those comedy chops than with the cast of “SNL.” Plus, considering just how huge The Avengers: Age of Ultron is going to be, Hemsworth would pull in huge ratings, especially after being named the Sexiest Man Alive last year.
Projects to Plug – Crimson Peak, The Martian
Why She’d Be a Great Host – Jessica Chastain hasn’t done anything comedic on the big screen other than a voice role in Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted. However, her turn in The Help seems to indicate that she can certainly get into some lighter fare, and seeing such a dramatic actress have some fun on “SNL” is always at least interesting, even if it doesn’t turn out great.
Projects to Plug – Trainwreck, “Inside Amy Schumer”
Why She’d Be a Great Host – The comedienne is having a hell of a run on Comedy Central with her sketch comedy show “Inside Amy Schumer,” so she’s tailor made for the stage of “SNL.” In addition, Schumer has her first lead role in a major motion picture comedy from director Judd Apatow. It just so happens that he co-star is none other than Bill Hader, who could easily stop by for a cameo appearance if Schumer was given the chance to host. Schumer just deserves this opportunity, especially in the same season that Sarah Silverman made her hosting debut.
Projects to Plug – Fantastic Four, The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Why He’d Be a Great Host – In a short amount of time, Miles Teller is on the verge of becoming a household name. Teller has turned in fantastic performances in films like The Spectacular Now and Whiplash, and this year he steps into blockbuster territory with the reboot of Fantastic Four. He’s a fast-talking, genuine, funny talent, and seeing him take on sketch comedy is bound to be entertaining. Plus, if it means we get a Fantastic Four sketch, then that could be fun.
Projects to Plug – “Game of Thrones,” Pixels
Why He’d Be a Great Host – Peter Dinklage may best be known for his magnificent turn as Tyrion Lannister on the HBO fantasy series “Game of Thrones,” but he’s taken the dive into comedy before with Knights of Badassdom, Death at a Funeral (the original and remake), The Baxter and the holiday favorite Elf. Dinklage is a natural when it comes to comedy, and he’s already proven he can play with “SNL” with his appearance as Peter Drunklage alongside Bobby Moynihan’s Drunk Uncle.
Projects to Plug – “Sherlock,” Black Mass
Why He’d Be a Great Host – Do we really need to explain this? Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the best actors working today, and his versatility is nothing to scoff at. He’s got some Oscar buzz for his lead performance in The Imitation Game, and he’s gotten plenty of Emmy love for playing the titular detective in “Sherlock.” Cumberbatch has kept it pretty serious when it comes to his acting work, but his interviews (especially ones where he does a bunch of impressions) prove he’s got a fun side, and would make a great host on “SNL.” If not this year, Doctor Strange is coming in 2016, so we can wait.
Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie
Projects to Plug – By the Sea
Why They’d Be a Great Host – It’s hard to believe, but neither Angelina Jolie nor Brad Pitt have hosted “Saturday Night Live.” They just might not have time since they’ve always been insanely busy with several projects developing all the time, not to mention all of their kids, but if it’s so hard to get either of them into Studio 8H, let’s just kill two birds with one stone. If these two superstars hosted, this would be one of the highest rated shows ever. Their chemistry as a duo only heightens how great this could be, and since they’re both starring in By the Sea, which Jolie also directs, there’s no better time than now.
Projects to Plug – The Revenant
Why He’d Be a Great Host – We’re not entirely sure that Leonardo DiCaprio would be a great host on “SNL,” and maybe that’s why he’s never taken the dive. But his appearance alongside host Jonah Hill whilst promoting The Wolf of Wall Street just made us want him to take the spotlight even more. If DiCaprio was willing to poke fun at his role in Titanic in his appearance on the show, just imagine what the writers of “SNL” could do with a whole episode featuring the star.
Projects to Plug – “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”
Why He’d Be a Great Host – We’re pretty sure this selection speaks for itself after Stephen Colbert hosted his own late night program for nine years, but just in case you need to be convinced, let’s not forget that he’s taking over “The Late Show” when David Letterman retires this year. But we’ve got some time before Colbert gets behind a desk again, so why not get Colbert back to his sketch comedy roots since he hails from Second City in Chicago and spent some time on “The Dana Carvey Show” with fellow “The Daily Show” correspondent Steve Carell. And maybe we can get Jon Stewart to stop by too just for shits and giggles.
Projects to Plug – Mission: Impossible 5
Why He’d Be a Great Host – Tom Cruise is an international superstar, and this has the potential to be a huge episode. Cruise has only dabbled in comedy with roles in Tropic Thunder, Rock of Ages and a surprisingly funny performance last year in Edge of Tomorrow (or Live Die Repeat as its now being called), so it would be incredible to see him cut loose on “SNL.” However, the main reason he’s unlikely to do it is Cruise is a very calculated, meticulous performer who leaves very little to improvisation, which likely doesn’t work to well at “SNL.” But hey, we can dream, can’t we?
Projects to Plug – Pixels, Hotel Transylvania 2
Why He’d Be a Great Host – Adam Sandler is one of the biggest stars to come out of the ranks of “SNL,” and while the quality of his projects has been immensely lacking over the past decade, he’s still quite the popular comedy star. He’s also one of the few veterans who hasn’t returned to host “SNL” after leaving the show (though he has stopped by a few times). Sandler doesn’t sound too keen to host though, as he recently had a chat with fellow former cast member Norm Macdonald about returning to his roots, and he said, “There are guys who love doing it, who are great at doing it. I just don’t know how good I’d be doing it. I did what I could do on that show.” He sounds apprehensive, but fans would love to see it happen.
Projects to Plug – The Age of Adaline, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Why He’d Be a Great Host – Though Harrison Ford has certainly gotten more gruff as he ages, his cameo in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and even roles in flops like Morning Glory and the disappointing Expendables 3 show that he’s not beyond having some fun. We’re surprised Harrison Ford hasn’t popped up on “SNL” at all during his long career, but with his return as Han Solo just under a year away, having Ford host the iconic show would be incredible. After all, his breakthrough on the big screen happened in the same decade that “Saturday Night Live” debuted, so this just seems like the perfect idea.
Some of these seem like longshots to say the least, but we’re pretty confident that a handful of these names will end up taking the stage at “Saturday Night Live” sometime this year. It may not be during the current 40th season of the show, but sometime before the end of the year will work just fine.
“SNL” returns on January 17th with host Kevin Hart, so stay tuned for my review.
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