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'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Did Seth Rogen play it too safe? -- VOTE

Perhaps Seth Rogen’s latest Saturday Night Live episode wasn’t especially inspired: it opened with the requisite weed jokes, made fun of his oft-imitated laugh, and leaned on some unnecessary celebrity cameos. But if you love Rogen’s slacker comedy, maybe that was exactly what you tuned in for. At least he didn’t tap dance or juggle torches to prove that he’s not just a funny guy.

Voters in our ongoing third annual Mr. Saturday Night contest will have to decide whether Rogen played it too safe for a guy who was hosting for the third time, or if he delivered exactly what the audience wanted.

Last week’s host, Anna Kendrick, sang her way to the top of the poll, scoring 47.8 percent, nearly twice as much as her nearest competitor, Jimmy Fallon, who looks slightly vulnerable for the first time with 24.8 percent. But who knows if Kendrick’s impressive debut will last: Louis C.K. scored 33.1 percent in his first week, but he sank to fourth in his second frame, with only 8.72 percent. Some of Josh Hutcherson‘s fans took the week off, apparently, as he went from 22.9 to 10.0 percent, still enough to hold third place. Sadly, Melissa McCarthy‘s luck finally ran out after narrowly skirting elimination for three straight weeks; she barely trailed Louis C.K. with 8.70 percent. READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Anna Kendrick's episode sings -- VOTE

Having great vocal range typically implies an ability to sing in a variety of octaves. I’ll take it on faith that Anna Kendrick, who hosted Saturday Night Live this weekend, has that gift to a certain degree. But I’m more impressed by Kendrick’s other musical range: the ability to sing a G-rated version of a beloved Disney princess tune and a raunchy ditty that includes the lyric, “Each dong is like a snowflake.”

Kendrick’s show emphasized her singing background — not a bad way to go for the Pitch Perfect star. Perhaps the show was short on laugh-out-loud moments, but it still was a fine showcase for the actress. It will be interesting to see if the voters reward her in this week’s Mr. Saturday Night poll.

Last week’s host, Louis C.K., made an impression and pushed Jimmy Fallon out of the top spot, with 33.1 percent. Fallon dipped 12 points to 30.0 percent but remains a strong second. It seems nothing can deter Josh Hutcherson‘s fans, as his bloc remains solid with 22.9 percent. That’s up two points from last week. Melissa McCarthy narrowly dodged elimination for a third straight week, even though her support slipped from 13.5 to 10.4 percent. Lena Dunham got the hook instead after her numbers plummeted from 19.4 to 3.7 percent. READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Unvarnished Louis C.K., pure and simple -- VOTE

A lot of guest hosts use Saturday Night Live as a platform to showcase hidden talents, like action stars who also sing, or actors who can do backflips. Good for them, but sometimes it’s nice to see the host stick to what he does best. Perhaps, that’s why I appreciate Louis C.K.’s stints on SNL so much. His monologues are straight-up versions of his stand-up — like George Carlin used to do — and even his sketches make use of the Louie character he’s cultivated on TV. If you like Louis, chances are you enjoyed the most recent SNL. If his brand of humor leaves you cold, well, maybe it was a long night.

Louis is the latest host to take a shot at Jimmy Fallon, who has an enormous (insurmountable?) lead in our most recent Mr. Saturday Night poll. In fact, Fallon’s support jumped 13 points after Lena Dunham‘s SNL debut, a polarizing episode that left the Girls star in a disappointing third place. The Josh Hutcherson grass-roots campaign continues to thrive, as the Catching Fire player held steady in second place. Melissa McCarthy finished in fourth again, but she’ll be hard-pressed to fight off elimination two weeks in a row.  READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Lena Dunham makes naked ploy for laughs -- VOTE

Lena Dunham’s Saturday Night Live had something for everyone — even her 94-year-old grandmother. There was pixilated nudity, Bible stories, Jon Hamm and Liam Neeson cameos, an obnoxious GPS that didn’t like Dunham’s singing voice, and Liza Minnelli impressions. At the end, Dunham said she wanted to french-kiss the audience, a Benigni-esque declaration of emotion that I don’t doubt for a moment. (After all, her granny was practically a third-base coach back in the day.)

The Girls star wasn’t fazed in the slightest by hosting the show, which isn’t much of a surprise — Dunham doesn’t seem like a shrinking violet. Even skits that didn’t completely work belonged to her. That is, she came with a plan, and/or the writers recognized and appreciated her voice and sense of humor and made an effort to use them. Hit or miss, I so prefer this type of Saturday Night Live sketch to the ones that have little or nothing to do with the host.

Since Dunham’s fame is still rather polarizing, it will be interesting to see how she fares in our best-host poll. Jimmy Fallon might be invincible, but his biggest challenger is shaping up to be a surprise. Jim Parsons debuted in second place with a shaky 22.9 percent of the vote, but it’s Josh Hutcherson, who finished a close third, who is becoming Fallon’s biggest threat. His support nearly doubled, and there seems to be a bloc of voters determined to win him the prize. Melissa McCarthy, who still might rally to chase Fallon, finished a strong fourth, but she’s in danger now of following Drake off the elimination plank. READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Does Jim Parsons make the cut? -- VOTE

After a month-long vacation due to the Winter Olympics, Saturday Night Live returned this weekend with Jim Parsons making his first official trip to Rockefeller Center’s Studio 8H. It was the first episode since the fall of 2001 that didn’t include Seth Meyers, who started on Late Night last week, and Parsons shared the spotlight with Colin Jost, the show’s head writer, who now co-anchors “Weekend Update” with Cecily Strong.

That month-long hiatus may have helped Parsons, who had the competitive misfortune of following Melissa McCarthy, one of the show’s go-to hosts since breaking out in 2011′s Bridesmaids. A month later, her most recent appearance had faded from memory a tad, allowing Parsons to do his own thing without the bar being too high. In general, Parsons didn’t exactly try to shatter the public’s perception of him — which is, essentially, that he and his Big Bang Theory character Sheldon are one and the same.

It will be interesting to see if voters in our best-host poll will conclude that Parsons played it relatively too safe. He enters a contest that handicappers would describe as a two-horse race: Fallon versus McCarthy. The pair went down to the wire two years ago, when Fallon was elected the inaugural Mr. Saturday Night, and this year, another photo finish might be in the works. McCarthy currently leads after a solid debut, with 48.2 percent. Fallon held steady, with 24.9 percent, and will certainly close the gap as McCarthy comes back to the pack. Josh Hutcherson, like Peeta in The Hunger Games, just keeps hanging around, jumping up to third place with 12.8 percent. Drake was a close fourth with 11.7 percent, but is now on the brink of elimination. Jonah Hill might have two Oscar nominations, but he was quickly dismissed with only 2 percent of the vote.

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'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Can Melissa McCarthy crash the boys' club? -- VOTE

Melissa McCarthy is on a roll. Not only did she star in two of last year’s biggest comedies, but she’s also hosted Saturday Night Live in each of the last three seasons — the only performer to achieve that feat in that span. This past weekend, she didn’t even have a project to plug — a detail that became a funny gag in her opening monologue — but she’s one of those guests who clearly loves the show’s comedy environment. In fact, no one throws him or herself into characters more than McCarthy, who craves physical comedy perhaps more than any female comedian since Molly Shannon.

McCarthy had to share the limelight on Saturday, what with Seth Meyers’ touching farewell, but she delivered some great moments, including the return of aggressive coach-turned-congresswoman Sheila Kelly. It seems certain that she’ll be a major contender for Mr. Saturday Night after finishing second in the past two years, and she enters a race that is wide open. Jimmy Fallon holds a narrow lead, with 26.5 percent, while Drake slipped from first to a close second, with 24.3 percent. Josh Hutcherson saw his support nearly double from last week, and his fans have him right near the top, with 21.4 percent. Jonah Hill had a disappointing debut, with only 17.9 percent, but that was enough to eliminate Kerry Washington.

A quick rundown on our objective: To identify the funniest, most memorable SNL host, the person who best fit in with the cast and put on a performance that you, your mom, and your co-worker were all chuckling about on Sunday afternoon. It’s subjective, of course, but let’s reward the guest hosts who brought something special to the table. My own personal bottom line: Do you want to see this host back on the show next season?

So far, Bruce Willis, Miley Cyrus, Edward Norton, Lady Gaga, Tina Fey (Blerg), John Goodman, Paul Rudd, and Kerry Washington have been eliminated.

Below, I’ve embedded one representative clip for each of the five hosts currently in the race. After the poll closes, the host with the least support will be eliminated, and the surviving four will face off against the next host — still unannounced — on March 1, after the Winter Olympics are finished.

Watch the clips, refresh your memories, and vote. READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Will Jonah Hill's heart go on? -- VOTE

Martin Scorsese’s one and only muse, Jonah Hill, hosted Saturday Night Live for the third time over the weekend, and not only did he bring along his Wolf of Wall Street sidekick, Leonardo DiCaprio — an SNL virgin — but he also reunited with his Superbad pal Michael Cera. Hill, who may have forgotten to mention that he’s now a two-time Oscar nominee (for Wolf and Moneyball), also resurrected his Catskills-comic-inspired 6-year-old Adam Grossman and… and…

Okay, let’s cut to the chase. The show was solid. Some real funny bits. But Jonah and Leo doing their Titanic relaxation exercise was the show-stopper, a moment that crowned Hill as king of the comedy world — at least for a moment. If Hill had dropped the mic right then, I think he’d already done enough to advance in our Saturday Night Live best host poll.

But if Hill is here to stay, who’s on the outside looking in? It’s certainly not Drake, who debuted in first place with a solid 54 percent. And it’s certainly not Jimmy Fallon, who slipped to second but can be counted on to hang around with 24 percent. Josh Hutcherson refuses to go quietly, scoring double-digits again, and Kerry Washington edged Paul Rudd to survive another elimination.

A quick rundown on our simple objective: To identify the best, funniest, most memorable SNL host, the most memorable guest who fit in with the cast and put on a performance that you, your mom, and your co-worker were all chuckling about on Sunday afternoon. It’s subjective, of course, but let’s reward the guest hosts who brought something special to the table. My own personal bottom line: Do you want to see this host back on the show next season?

So far, Bruce Willis, Miley Cyrus, Edward Norton, Lady Gaga, Tina Fey (Blerg), John Goodman, and Rudd have been eliminated.

Below, I’ve embedded one representative clip for each of the five hosts currently in the race. After the poll closes, the host with the least support will be eliminated, and the surviving four will face off against Melissa McCarthy on Feb. 1.

Watch the clips, refresh your memories, and vote. READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: How did Drake measure up? -- VOTE

Kicking off Saturday Night Live‘s 2014 season was Drake, the one-time Canadian teen soap star who now spends his days singing and rapping with the best in the business. And as longtime SNL fans know, musical hosts can be tricky. Luckily for the show, Drake seemed to have picked up some comedic talent in all his years in Hollywood. In her recap, Hillary Busis was even tempted to give Drake the award for Cast MVP by the end of the night, noting how “he played a main role in every single sketch tonight … and was so charming that I’m already counting down the days until he comes back for a second round.”

But the question remains: Was Drake funny enough to go up against the best hosts this season’s had to offer? Or perhaps the better question is: Was Drake funny enough to go up against Jimmy Fallon? The late-night host dominated our last poll with 60 percent of the vote, followed by Josh Hutcherson, who continues to garner support with 32 percent of the vote. The bottom three all earned less than 5 percent of the vote, with Kerry Washington in third, and Paul Rudd in fourth, thereby knocking John Goodman out of the competition (by only .31 percent).

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'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Can anyone beat Jimmy Fallon?

When Jimmy Fallon aced the Christmas 2011 episode of Saturday Night Live, yours truly suggested that his hosting become an annual holiday event. The former cast member and future Tonight Show host has all the skills to be one of show’s best guests, and he was in top form when he stepped back in to Studio 8H over the weekend to spread some more Christmas cheer. He sang, he did impressions, he broke character — it was the full-on Fallon treatment. Admittedly, he had some assistance from Justin Timberlake — Bing Crosby to Fallon’s Bob Hope — but you can’t penalize a guy for having funny, charismatic friends.

Safe to say that Fallon is about to make a huge impression on our Mr. Saturday Night poll. In fact, with none of the other four contenders with more than 26 percent of the vote, the field is wide open for Fallon to set a first-week record for support. Last week, John Goodman eked out a win, but it wasn’t a margin of victory that promises him a long life in our season-long contest. Paul Rudd was right behind, while Kerry Washington slipped to a close third, despite an encouraging six-point bump. Josh Hutcherson rallied support, eliminating Tina Fey, who’d been hanging precariously since hosting the season premiere. Blerg.
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'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Third time the charm for Paul Rudd? -- VOTE

In Anchorman, Paul Rudd was part of the Channel 4 news team that rallied around Ron Burgundy at his moment of crisis. On Saturday, the gang returned the favor as Rudd hosted Saturday Night Live for the third time. He didn’t necessarily need it, but you don’t think Anchorman 2 was going to let this promotional opportunity pass by, did you? Will Ferrell, David Koechner, and Steve Carell had Rudd’s back for a little “Afternoon Delight” sing-off against One Direction. Combined with a cold-open that featured Kristen Wiig and Fred Armisen, it quickly appeared as if Rudd might simply be an all-star emcee. But he did some heavy-lifting once things got rolling, notably as a 1D freak-fan and the Madea-like star in White Christmas — emphasis on the White.

Rudd joked about being upstaged by One Direction on Saturday night, but he also faces a similar challenge in this week’s best-host poll. Josh Hutcherson put in a decent showing last month, but his support — no doubt inflamed by the Catching Fire partisans — rocketed him to the top of the standings with 62 percent, the highest debut of the season. His big splash slashed into everyone’s numbers, with Lady Gaga diving the hardest, from first to third place. Kerry Washington saw her own popularity halved, but she actually moved up a place, in to second. Tina Fey, who hosted the season premiere, held relatively steady, but she now finds herself next on the plank, following Edward Norton‘s departure. READ FULL STORY

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