Not all of the 5 best SNL hosts are comedic actors, but they all can certainly pull it off. These SNL hosts have impressive stage presence, the ability to create memorable characters, and great timing.
Justin Timberlake. The youngest of the five best SNL hosts, Justin Timberlake has only hosted three times. Two of those three times, he was also the musical guest. Timberlake co-wrote the song "Dick in a Box" for a digital short during his second appearance on the show, and the song went on to win an Emmy. For his third appearance, he appeared in another digital short called "Motherlover, also featuring Andy Samberg. Timberlake has created many memorable characters while hosting, including Robin Gibb on "The Barry Gibb Talk Show." Another Justin Timberlake highlight was his performance as a leotard-clad back-up dancer during a Beyonce sketch.
Jon Hamm. Jon Hamm is a relatively new face on the list of best SNL hosts, but, after his first two impressive appearances, we will surely be seeing him host again. Seeing Don Draper be funny was a little disconcerting at first, but Hamm's charisma and comedic chops are undeniable. The digital short featuring Hamm as the sexy saxophone player, Sergio, is one of the funniest in recent history. His sketch with Michael Buble, where they open a restaurant called "Hamm and Buble" (read: "ham and bubbly") took a stupid premise and made it hilarious. Jon Hamm showed us that he could be funny during his guest appearances on "30 Rock," and he continues to impress while hosting Saturday Night Live.
Christopher Walken. There is no doubt that Christopher Walken belongs on the list of best SNL hosts. As of 2010, he has hosted the program seven times and created countless classic characters. He even has his own "Best of" DVD! He sings, he dances, he's hilarious and a little creepy. One of his most famous recurring sketches is "The Continental" where he plays a ladies' man desperately trying to keep a lady. He also performs in one of the most popular SNL sketches of all time – the "Behind the Music" featuring Blue Oyster Cult and "more cowbell!"
- Steve Martin. Steve Martin has been so involved with Saturday Night Live that many people mistakenly believe he is a former cast member. As of 2010, he has hosted Saturday Night Live an astonishing fifteen times and clearly deserves his place on the list of best SNL hosts. He also has his own "Best of" DVD chronicling some of his most famous and popular sketches, including characters such as King Tut and "two wild and crazy guys."
Alec Baldwin. Alec Baldwin is another one of the ultimate SNL hosts. Baldwin has hosted fourteen times and made his mark with each appearance. Who could forget Schweddy Balls? Or "Inside the Actors Studio" with Charles Nelson Reilly? Or the super-creepy but hilarious sketch where he plays the lecherous Scoutmaster to Adam Sandler's Canteen Boy? Like several other SNL hosts on this list, Alec Baldwin also has his own "Best of" DVD, and he deserves it.