How To Pick A Good SNL Host

24 Feb

Saturday Night Live has been having a rough season so far.  Out of the 14 or so celebs that have hosted this season, there are only two that have been very good. 

Taylor Swift and Jon Hamm each brought an energy and excitement to the show that has been missing otherwise.  Swift’s monologue was original and set the tone for a great show.  Hamm’s hosting duties were fun and whenever you can incorporate the musical guest in a way that works, is even better.  Hamm and Michael Bublé’s restaurant skit about “Hamm & Bublé” was funny from top to bottom.  The play on Bublés last name, pronouncing it like bubbly, was genius.

Aside from those few hits, there have been a huge range of misses.  Nothing better explains that than January Jones’ appearance.  Her monologue was painful to watch.  I honestly felt bad for her, because she was that bad.  I can’t imagine the thoughts going through the minds of the cast that week.  Drew Barrymore, normally a riot, was not good TV either.

There is such a range of comedic and non-comedic talent out there.  A few weeks ago they had Ashton Kutcher on again (fourth time hosting, I think).  I like Kutcher, but how about something fresh and new.  Jennifer Lopez is hosting this Saturday and is doubling as the musical guest.  I already had a few apprehensions about this choice, but now she has parted ways with her record label.  Where will that leave her with song choice?  Are we going to hear a hit from the late ’90’s?

On March 6, I will definitely be tuning in.  They got it right with this choice of host: Zach Galifianakis.  He is one of the newest comedy go-to guys out there right now.  After the success of The Hangover, he is a perfect choice.  The following week’s host will be Jude Law.  I’m not sure how I feel about that.  The last time I remember him hosting was when the debacle known as the ‘Ashlee Simpson incident” occurred. 

I want to see exciting hosts.  There had been lots of talk of SNL trying to get Robert Pattinson earlier this season, but who do we get instead?  Taylor Lautner.  I would rather of waited for the day they got RPattz, then settling for Lautner.  There are so many good comedies on TV right now, how about trying to score someone from The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother or Modern Family

The choices don’t always have to be obvious either.  Sometimes the funnier hosts are the ones without a specific comedy background.  Personally, I think it wouldn’t hurt the cast to expand a bit either.  The cast is so small now and is filled with the same people in sketch after sketch.  Plus, you can’t tell me there aren’t more talented women in this country for Lorne Michaels to find.  How about making even one of them a regular and not just a feature player.  Kristen Wiig is probably not only burnt out, but viewers are burnt out on her.

This year is celebrating 35 years of SNL.  It would be great to see them act like they are trying to promote the milestone with better shows.

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2 Responses to “How To Pick A Good SNL Host”

  1. Nick Dakuginow February 24, 2010 at 11:11 pm #

    Hamm and Buble’ is definitely a place I want to go, lol.

    • Carrie February 24, 2010 at 11:58 pm #

      I know, right? It would always be entertaining!

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