Monday, May 19, 2014

THAT'S THE NEWS, AND I AM OUTTA HERE: Vulture ranks all the regular Weekend Update hosts in SNL history.


  1. oppodude5:51 PM

    For those who hate slideshows (or have religious objections thereunto):

    17)Christopher Guest
    16)Colin Quinn
    15)Charles Rocket
    14)Kevin Nealon
    13)Seth Meyers & Cecily Strong
    12)Brian Doyle-Murray
    11)Brad Hall
    10)Seth Meyers
    9)Jane Curtain
    8)Amy Poehler & Seth Meyers
    7)Jane Curtain & Bill Murray
    6)Chevy Chase
    5)Jimmy Fallon & Tina Fey
    4)Jane Curtain & Dan Aykroyd
    3)Norm Macdonald
    2)TIna Fey & Amy Poehler
    1)Dennis Miller

  2. Genevieve4:48 PM

    Yes, Norm Macdonald is waaaaaaay too high. When I've watched reruns with him on, Update has been nearly unwatchable. I'd put him behind Seth and Cecily for sure. I think I'd move Seth/Cecily above Brad Hall and Brian Doyle-Murray, but I haven't seen those in a long time.
    Dennis Miller I'd drop down a couple slots, probably after Curtin/Ackroyd.

  3. D'Arcy7:31 PM

    I firmly believe that whatever cast was on SNL when a person started watching it will always be the "best" cast in that person's opinion. For that reason, I totally agree with Dennis Miller as #1. I'm not familiar enough with WU before that time to rank those anchors, but I would agree with the order of pretty much everyone that I've actually watched. Well, maybe Kevin Nealon ahead of Seth/Cecily.

  4. bill.8:42 PM

    Top three work for me. I have no memory of Christopher Guest and Brian Doyle-Murray doing weekend update. Jimmy Fallon gets dropped to the bottom because he's so unfunny he makes me angry. Chevy Chase also goes to the bottom because he also isn't funny -- horrible actor with an uncontrollable mugging for the camera gene. He's occasionally been in funny stuff, but if you really pay attention it isn't him.

    1. Dennis
    2. Tina & Amy
    3. Norm

    everyone else

    15. Christopher Guest
    16. Chevy Chase
    17, Jimmy Fallon

  5. 100% agree with Miller in the #1 slot. After years where WU could reasonably have been dropped, Miller injected life into the concept, along with pushing real news- Stewart/Colbert/Oliver/Bell(my favorite!) would not exist without him, I believe.
    But then, I would push for Fey/Fallon. Fey/Poehler were funny, and certainly would be top five, but the interplay between them never seemed to go beyond "Tina's professional, Amy's a goof, but we're best friends, yay!"~ It was the last ten minutes of Baby Mama every week, with some news. Fey/Fallon had that interplay, but with disapproval from Tina, and sexual longing from Jimmy. It took a lifeless segment (Much as I like MacDonald/Nealon/Quinn as performers, the vibe from all of them was very "Here's what I'm doing, and if you don't like it, f*** off.") and centered the show around it. Until Fey/Fallon, nobody knew Tina Fey's brilliance, and Fallon was destined to become another Chris Kattan (if that- hard to say whether I'd rather watch Taxi or Corky Romano). Instead, he's hosting The Tonight Show. Fey/Fallon #2.