Saturday Night Live is a long-running comedy show that performs sketches and satirical news, with every episode featuring a musical act. Since its inception in 1975, Saturday Night Live has featured an ensemble cast of comedians. The regular cast has been a revolving door of the most prolific actors in comedy over the years, including Will Ferrell, John Belushi, Tina Fey, Bill Murray, and more. With more than four decades of work under their belt, there is a whole world of content pumped out by the SNL crew. Despite many feeling that the show has run its course, especially since they’ve been milking the same content over and over, it seems to be making a comeback thanks to the efforts of the cast and the featured guests.
One thing SNL has become known for is its guest hosts of the show, who lead the audience through the activities of the night. From the sketches performed by the cast to the digital shorts shown to the audience, the host is responsible for making sure the audience has a good time. On top of this, the host also takes part in skits during their episode of SNL. Guest hosts are often the highlight of each episode, bringing a new perspective to the show in hopes of keeping things fresh. With Star Wars becoming more and more popular over the years, SNL had no choice but to jump on the sci-fi bandwagon. These are the best Star Wars actors who hosted SNL.
5 Liam Neeson
While Liam Neeson was only present for Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, his performance as Obi-Wan’s Master Qui-Gon Jinn was a memorable one. In 2004, a few years after the release of Phantom Menace, Neeson hosted an episode of SNL. Neeson begins his monologue by stating that there won’t be any stereotypical roles in the show and the varying cast members come up and reiterate Neeson’s point. Neeson takes part in an Irish Home Makeover skit that takes place in an old ratty Irish home, parodying the ever-growing home makeover shows that plague TLC. Neeson shows us his comedic side as the host of SNL, able to take on any role we would later become familiar with thanks to his appearances in films like Ted and A Million Ways to Die in the West.
4 Oscar Isaac
Oscar Isaac is considered one of the greatest actors of the 21st century. From his performance in Ex Machina to perfectly portraying his snarky character Poe Dameron in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, Isaac has become one of the most well-known actors on the planet, so it only makes sense for him to host one of the most popular comedy shows on television. Isaac hosted the first SNL episode of 2022, cracking jokes about his white stage name and how he has an “ethnically ambiguous” appeal. He then proceeds to show some footage of his latest MCU project Moon Knight. Isaac shines in his time on screen, particularly in the “Workplace Harassment Seminar” skit, which some would say is a tricky topic to make funny.
3 Natalie Portman
In 2006, Natalie Portman was offered the job to host SNL, which she happily accepted. Portman gained a great deal of attention for her role as Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. This earned her a number of roles in blockbuster films and her subsequent hosting gig on SNL. In her opening monologue, she gives a nod to Star Wars fans by correcting them on some facts regarding Jango Fett and Kasyyyk. While this would not be the only time Portman would host, it is memorable because of Portman’s aggressive rap, a nod to all the female artists who were trying to shake off an image of innocence, even Andy Samberg makes an appearance in her rap video.
2 Carrie Fisher
Back in 1978, Carrie Fisher hosted an episode of SNL after the Star Wars craze hit the world. Fisher played the role of Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy. While this is the role she was most known for, Fisher starred in a number of other films during the 70s. Fisher begins her opening monologue by telling bad jokes about Star Wars on order from Obi-Wan. After this, she is transported to a beach party, a reference to the numerous beach party movies that were popular during the decade. The musical guest for this episode was The Blues Brothers, perhaps a sign of fate as Fisher would go on to star in The Blues Brothers in 1985. Currently, Fisher is the only person from the main cast of the original trilogy to host an episode of SNL.
1 Adam Driver
Topping our list is Adam Driver, the actor who portrayed Kylo Ren in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Driver’s time on the show was beyond memorable as his skit involved Kylo Ren doing an episode of “Undercover Boss”. This entire episode is hilarious thanks to Driver’s performance. While Kylo Ren believes he is deceiving his colleagues well, they all know who he is and are just humoring him by pretending not to know his true identity. Possibly one of the best SNL skits within the past ten years, we have Driver to thank for his phenomenal job in hosting the show and carrying out his effortless role as Kylo Ren.