Jamie Foxx came out with both barrels blazing on this weekend’s Saturday Night Live. The Django Unchained star, who starred on In Living Color in the 1990s, was either a breath of fresh air or a throwback to an expired comic edginess, depending on your own sensibilities. His riff on Tyler Perry’s next Alex Cross installment was one of the most memorable sketches of the season, while his short-fused “Bitch, What’s the Answer?” gameshow host felt a little out of place so early in the show.
The online peanut gallery seemed polarized, which is normally the sign of a solid show. Jeremy Renner’s show three weeks ago was also heavily scrutinized, but he rocked our Saturday Night Live best-host poll, winning a solid 46 percent of the vote. Certainly, the most recent host always starts strong, so it will be interesting to see if Renner’s support holds up. Look no further than Anne Hathaway, who debuted with 57 percent but settled for 20.4 percent in the last vote. Louis C.K. held on to third place, but Seth MacFarlane seems to be in for the long haul; the season-premiere’s host saw his support actually surge a bit. As did Bruno Mars, but it wasn’t enough to keep him from being eliminated.
For first-time voters, our rules are simple: Who was the best SNL host? Every show is different, and every host rises or falls based on the material he or she is given. But let’s all agree that we know a great host when we see it. Below, I’ve embedded one clip for each of the five hosts, just as a reminder of their recent performances. After the vote, the host with the least support will be eliminated, and the other four will advance to compete against Martin Short on Dec. 15. Ultimately, we’ll eliminate the less memorable hosts and crown a new Mr. or Mrs. Saturday Night. Watch and vote below.