Season 37 of Saturday Night Live has already started with some brilliant sketches and talented hosts. Alec Baldwin set a hosting record, marking the season premiere as his 16th time onstage and was, as always, as funny as ever. And recent Emmy-winner Melissa McCarthy knocked her first hosting gig out of the park by being extremely fearless. Case in point: her Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing sketch.
December will bring us SNL alum and late-night talk show genius Jimmy Fallon as first-time host. So who else should host this so-far stellar season? We have picked a few choices from celebrities that have projects releasing during the 2011-2012 season.
1. Kristen Bell
After snagging some great roles in cult shows like Veronica Mars and Heroes, Bell has been juggling a movie career while also providing the voice of the titular Gossip Girl in the CW’s Gossip Girl. Gems like Forgetting Sarah Marshall prove her comedic ability on both the big screen while her Veronica Mars-style of quirky and sarcastic humor proves it on the small screen. Bell is now starring in another series- this time it’s House of Lies, a comedy on Showtime co-starring Don Cheadle. A great, young comedic actress with both cult and universal appeal who has a comedy show to promote? This is clearly a no-brainer.
2. Jennifer Lawrence
At 21, Lawrence has already achieved a career most actors in their 40s and 50s would kill for. She already has an Oscar nomination for her brilliant work in the dark and intense drama Winter’s Bone, she has already recreated an iconic character in the big-budget action film X-Men: First Class, and she’s about to start her own hugely anticipated movie franchise with The Hunger Games. So all that’s left is a hosting gig on SNL! Lawrence has done comedy before, she co-starred in The Bill Engvall Show on TBS, and she’s proven to be a real acting chameleon. NBC should jump on the chance to get her on their SNL stage to attract the younger and older crowds alike as they eagerly await The Hunger Games’ March release.
3. Sandra Bullock
Just like her Proposal co-star Betty White, Bullock’s name has popped up on several “SNL Dream Hosts” lists. Why hasn’t it happened yet? We have no idea, but it’s definitely one of the best ideas out there. Bullock has proven to be an exceptional comedienne, dramatic actress and action star with movies like Miss Congeniality, The Proposal, Speed, Crash and The Blind Side for which she won the Oscar, beating out acting titans like Meryl Streep and Helen Mirren. It’s a shame we haven’t gotten to see her on the Studio 8H stage, she would be utterly fantastic. Christmas is a perfect time for audiences to get this present as Bullock has a new (possibly Oscar-bait) film to promote, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.
4. Ty Burrell
Burrell just won a well-deserved Emmy for his hilarious portrayal of Phil Dunphy on the comedy juggernaut Modern Family. Why not continue his great year by winning a hosting gig as well? He even has some great comedic skill outside of his Modern Family role- just watch any of his candid talk show interviews in recent years. To say Burrell is the best part of Modern Family would be a disservice to the rest of the brilliant cast, but there’s no argument that the show would be decidedly less fantastic without his performance. The only worry is that Modern Family airs on ABC while SNL is an NBC staple. But Burrell’s hosting would both improve ratings for both NBC and attract people to ABC’s hit show. Win-Win
5. Daniel Radcliffe
Why not? Radcliffe is about to finish up his run on Broadway as J. Pierpont Finch in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and he’s proved he has an eye for comedy by guest-starring in an episode of the British show Extras where he played a sex-crazed, jerk-y version of himself. In fact, it would be perfect for him to host in late January to promote his new horror film The Woman in Black. He’s charming, he’s willing to do all sorts of out-of-the-box ideas and he would definitely get people to tune in. See?? We can’t stop coming up with reasons for him to do it! Make it happen NBC!
6. Robert Downey Jr.
This should have happened years ago. For those of you who have healthy TV habits (unlike us) and don’t already know, Downey Jr. was actually an SNL cast member in the '80s. Now, there maybe some tension between the star and the show so maybe that’s why this blessed reunion hasn’t occurred, but this season is as good a time as any. Downey Jr.’s career is officially back and more gigantic than ever after making big comebacks with films like Iron Man, Sherlock Holmes and his Oscar-nominated role in Tropic Thunder. And even more perfect, May 4th marks the release of arguably one of the most anticipated films of 2012, The Avengers, where Downey Jr. will don the Iron Man mask for a third time.