Saturday Night Live has been influencing television for over 40 years, and along the way, the series has had plenty of moments to celebrate. However, they have also had a lot of moments worth forgetting and some completely shambolic performances. This is all to be expected in a show that has only one week to prepare with a guest host, who will be performing entirely new material. The wide range of stars that have appeared on the show have made it versatile and dynamic and has given us a reason to keep watching.
The thrill of live television remains one of the few events that viewers can look forward to expecting that truly “anything could happen.” SNL has seen stars go off the rails during monologues or run with improvised lines, much to the chagrin of Lorne Michaels, the show’s longtime producer. Comedy is a complicated formula requiring hundreds of hours of writing and preparation, yet sometimes a stroke of brilliant improvisations is what puts a sketch over the top and makes it a hit. However, the individuals included on this list lacked that quality or were unable to make these on-the-fly adjustments click with the audience.
Part of the appeal of Saturday Night Live is that their guest stars come from a variety of professions and are not always trained actors or comedians. Politicians, athletes, and musicians have all had successful host appearances, while some professional actors and comedians have bombed. Individuals may not be able to identify what in particular makes them funny and perhaps don’t realize until it is too late. Still, the show must go on and will continue to do so through the peaks and valleys that the long running series has gone through. Here are some of the hosts that Lorne Michaels would like you to forget.
10 January Jones
9 Paris Hilton
8 Lance Armstrong
7 Nancy Kerrigan
6 Milton Berle
5 Michael Phelps
4 Justin Bieber
3 Lindsay Lohan
2 Martin Lawrence
1 Steven Seagal
If you’ve ever seen any of Steven Seagal’s action packed films, you will know that they are comedy gold mines. The only problem is that Seagal played every single one of those roles in a serious manner that gave movies like Under Siege a hint of humor. Seagal is a serious martial artist and part time police officer, so expecting him to show some silliness may have been beyond his acting repertoire. In one notable instance, he would not emerge from his dressing room because he was offended by a sketch in which Hans and Franz threatened to beat him up. He was eventually banned from hosting the show in the future, and the episode was censored when it featured on Netflix.
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