SNL’s Five-Timers Club is over 30 years old and has 25 different members. Who are the ones that fans have forgotten over the decades?
The last episode of Saturday Night Live introduced John Mulaney to the prestigious Five-Timers Club and featured some famous cameos from former members. Among those iconic appearances were Elliot Gould and Candice Bergen – both many young fans of SNL didn’t know had hosted the NBC comedy series five times.
With SNL approaching 50 years in operation, the club grew to include 24 members. There are the big names that everyone knows, like Tom Hanks (star of Apollo 13 and apparently all three major films), Steve Martin and Tina Fey. But let’s take a moment to look at some of the forgotten members of the Five-Timers Club and honor the band’s hilarious history.
John Goodman is one of the greatest SNL hosts and was one of the show’s iconic faces in the 1990s. Goodman hosted the variety show at least once a year from 1993 to 2001 – a record no performer could beat. But now, with nearly 50 seasons of the show in the books, many of the show’s iconic moments are lost in time and too much content. It doesn’t help that the last time Goodman hosted and appeared on the show was nearly a decade ago. The actor (who now stars in the HBO comedy Virtuous Gemstones) received the grand opening of his club Five-Timers on May 7, 1994 while promoting the first live-action release of The Flintstones. If fans aren’t familiar with his skits like “Church Chat” or “Super Fans,” they’re missing out.
Most impressive of Drew Barrymore SNL the point is not that she is a member of the Five-Timers Club. Barrymore was the youngest person to ever host Saturday Night Livewhat she did at the age of seven after her incredible performance in ET, directed by Steven Spielberg (whose film version of West Side Story just got its Disney+ premiere date). In 2007, 24 years after his first appearance on the NBC program, the star became a member of the club. Barrymore had the less traditional introduction to the club; she never received a jacket in her fifth episode. During his monologue, Barrymore invited viewers to the Five-Timers Club lounge. In a funny turn of events, she didn’t make it, thanks to cast members stopping her along the way.
Melissa McCarthy was a constant presence on SNL throughout the 2010s and may have one of the best records as a host. Each of her shows earned her an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. In addition to this impressive feat, it only took her a little over five and a half years to join the Five-Timers Club, making her the fastest woman to earn this honor. From Linda on “Taste Test” to her stint as Trump White House press secretary Sean Spicer, McCarthy has many iconic SNL characters under her belt. A hidden gem that should get far more acclaim for her brilliance is her character as Barb Kelner in the “Pizza Eater” skit. Barb was as much of a scene stealer as Lucky the Pizza Dog in this Hawk Eye fan cosplay.
Danny DeVito arrived at the Five-Timers Club last SNL 20th Century episode, aired December 11, 1999. This was only the second time the club was mentioned; it took nine years for another host to be inducted after the original sketch starring Tom Hanks. However, DeVito’s appearance in 1999 to promote the film Hoffa was actually that of the actor sixth accommodation time. His second appearance on October 15, 1983 didn’t count as he co-hosted the episode with his wife Rhea Perlman. DeVito was missed on the SNL stage; the only time he’s appeared since 1999 was in 2011 when Charlie Day – who played hapless Charlie Kelly opposite DeVito on Philadelphia is always sunny — was the host.
Ben Affleck’s Five-Timers Club episode had the unfortunate circumstance of also being the last episode of Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, Jason Sedekius and Tim Robinson. The episode just came off a big year for the original star of The Batman, with his Oscar-winning film Argo the previous month. While there were certainly some fun skits with Affleck in the episode, the end of a SNL era stole the thunder from this Five-Timer. The multiple Oscar winner has yet to return to Studio 8H since his last appearance in 2013. But now that he and Jennifer Lopez are dating again, maybe they could co-host like DeVito and Perlman have. made. Lopez even has something to promote: his latest film Marry mewhich has a cartoon backstory.
Paul Simon is one of the most important interpreters of SNL story with nearly 19 appearances in the series between animation, cameos and musical guest. His first cameo was actually in a pre-filmed segment in the show’s first episode on October 11, 1975. Just seven days later, Simon returned to both host the show and as a co-musical guest with Randy Newman and Phoebe Snow. Simon has only hosted the show four times, one of which as a co-host with actress Catherine Oxenberg. That being said, he was an influence in getting the show off the ground and is extremely close friends with alumni. SNL actors Steve Martin and Chevy Chase. Along with this and after playing 14 times as a musical guest, he earned his place in the prestigious club.
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