If Saturday Night Live has an unofficial theme song this season, it might be “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” The female hosts have dominated so far, and Lady Gaga added another colorful performance this weekend. Me personally, I thought there was a little too much self-deprecating winking at the camera — Miley Cyrus leaned on that crutch a bit too — but Gaga took the job seriously and will certainly make her presence felt in Week II of our Ms. Saturday Night Live contest. (Guys… until you make your mark, it’s definitely Ms. SNL this season.)
Two weeks ago, we had our first round of voting for this season’s best host. Kerry Washington, the most recent guest, made an impression and scored more than half the votes. Tina Fey, who hosted the premiere, was a strong second, and Edward Norton edged out Cyrus for third place. Bruce Willis was eliminated, leaving Norton to face a quartet of talented ladies in this week’s poll.
Quick review: we’re trying to identify the best SNL host, the funniest, most-memorable guest who raised everyone’s game and put on a performance that would’ve been excellent in the greatest of classic SNL seasons. It’s subjective, of course, but let’s reward the guest hosts who gave performances you’ll be talking about for weeks and sketches that belong with the best SNL has to offer. My bottom-line: Do you want to see this host back on the show next season? Okay, lecture over. You’re on your own.
Below, I’ve embedded one representative clip for each of the five hosts currently in the race. After the vote closes on Friday, the host with the least support will be eliminated, and the surviving four will face off against Josh Hutcherson.
Watch the clips, refresh your memories, and vote.