Is Justin Timberlake The Best SNL Host Of All-Time?

Last night, Justin Timberlake joined a small and elite group of men and women who have hosted Saturday Night Live five or more times. To celebrate the occasion, many of Timberlake’s fellow five-timers appeared including Tom Hanks, Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Candice Bergen and Alec Baldwin. Not surprisingly, ratings for the extravaganza were through the roof and fortunately for all involved, early reviews of the show from both fans and critics have been largely positive.

With a willingness to poke fun at himself, good acting skills, great dancing skills and incredible musical skills, Timberlake really is the whole package. If someone were to draw up an ideal SNL host on paper, they would likely wind up with someone very close to JT. By the time he’s done being famous, it wouldn’t be a shock to see him host five or more times.

If my Facebook feed is to be taken as a fairly accurate sample size, there is a healthy percentage of people who think Timberlake is the single greatest Saturday Night Live host in history. I’ll be the first to admit he’s damn good, but I’m not sure he’s at the Christopher Walken/ Hanks/ Martin/ Baldwin level yet.

What do you think? Is Timberlake the best SNL host of all-time, or is he simply the best host of his generation who is still a slight step below the all-time greats? Let us know your thoughts by voting in the poll below…

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