SNL's Five-Timers Club: What It Is, Who's In It, And Why It's A Big Deal

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If you are a fan of Saturday Night Live, you may have heard of something called the Five-Timers Club — an exclusive organization reserved only for the great SNL hosts who have taken the stage at Studio 8H as a headliner at least five times. While, this “club” is really just a fun recurring bit used to poke fun at the long-running sketch comedy’s legacy and for celebrities to poke fun at themselves, being inducted as a member is nothing to take lightly either. We will explain why below, but first, here’s a little introduction for anyone unfamiliar.

What Is The Saturday Night Live Five-Timers Club?

While the first person to be inducted into the Five-Timers Club was former cast member Chevy Chase in 1985, the first mention of it occurred on December 8, 1990. In his monologue that night, the actual creator of the bit, Tom Hanks — who has hosted enough times now to have his own recurring characters — toured the exclusive members lounge, where he socialized with the likes of Steve Martin and Paul Simon. 

The newest member was inducted when SNL Season 49 host and former cast member Kristen Wiig hosted on April 6, 2024. 

The club has been referenced numerous times in the monologues of subsequent inductees and in more sketches that take place in the lounge. The most recent return to the prestigious backstage club was in 2022 when John Mulaney joined and was welcomed in by the likes of Tina Fey, Elliott Gould, Candice Bergen and more, with some encouragement from former SNL writer Conan O'Brien, who was actually in the first Five-Timers Club sketch. 

Who’s In The SNL Five-Timers Club? 

On February 25, 2023, it was confirmed that hosting SNL five times is not the only requirement to join the Five-Timers club. Both that night’s host, Oscar nominee Woody Harrelson, and Grammy winner Jack White were inducted at the end of the show – meaning that the club also welcomes in musical guests. That explains why Paul Simon has been recognized as a member despite hosting only four times.

Below are two charts – one presenting the full list of Five-Timers Club members as hosts and another for those inducted as musical guests. Each list also includes the date of the inductee’s first hosting gig, the date of their initiation, and their total number of times headlining or performing on the show so far.

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HostFirst GigFifth GigTotal Gigs
Alec BaldwinApril 21, 1990December 10, 199417
Steve MartinOctober 23, 1976April 22, 197817
John GoodmanDecember 2, 1989May 7, 199413
Tom HanksDecember 14, 1985December 8, 199010
Buck HenryJanuary 17, 1976November 19, 197710
Elliott GouldJanuary 10, 1976February 6, 19806
Chevy ChaseFebruary 18, 1978November 16, 19858
Candice BergenNovember 8, 1975May 19, 19905
Danny DeVitoMay 15, 1982January 9, 19936
Bill MurrayMay 7, 1981February 20, 19995
Christopher WalkenJanuary 20, 1990May 19, 20017
Drew BarrymoreNovember 20, 1992February 3, 20076
Justin TimberlakeOctober 11, 2003March 9, 20135
Ben AffleckFebruary 19, 2000May 18, 20135
Tina FeyFebruary 23, 2008December 19, 20156
Scarlett JohanssonJanuary 14, 2006March 11, 20176
Melissa McCarthyOctober 11, 2011May 13, 20175
Dwayne JohnsonMarch 18, 2000May 20, 20175
Jonah HillMarch 15, 2008November 3, 20185
Will FerrellMay 14, 2005November 23, 20195
Paul RuddNovember 15, 2008December 18, 20215
John MulaneyApril 14, 2018February 26, 20225
Woody HarrelsonNovember 18, 1989February 23, 20235
Emma StoneOctober 23, 2010December 2, 20235
Kristen WiigMay 11, 2013April 6, 20245
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Musical GuestFirst GigFifth GigTotal Gigs
Paul SimonOctober 18, 1975May 10, 198615
Foo FightersDecember 2, 1995October 13, 20079
Tom Petty and the HeartbreakersNovember 10, 1979November 19, 19948
BeckJanuary 11, 1987April 16, 20057
ColdplayApril 7, 2001May 3, 20147
EminemOctober 23, 1999December 18, 20107
Kanye WestOctober 5, 2005May 18, 20137
Randy NewmanOctober 18, 1975December 6, 19866
James TaylorSeptember 18, 1976December 14, 19916
Arcade FireFebruary 24, 2007May 7, 20225
Maroon 5February 21, 2004October 4, 20145
RihannaDecember 5, 2009May 16, 20155
StingOctober 17,1987November 20, 19995
Taylor SwiftJanuary 10, 2009November 13, 20215
Jack WhiteOctober 19, 2002February 23, 20235

Why It’s A Big Deal

Die-hard SNL fans know that there is no actual club in which multi-time hosts and musical guests like Steve Martin or Miley Cyrus sip scotch in custom-made robes in a lounge backstage. However, the Five-Timers Club does symbolize an achievement of notable importance. 

Appearing on a cultural landmark like SNL is widely recognized as a sign of “making it” – including for those who do not regularly act – and being asked to come back at least four more times is a surefire indication of one’s impeccable performing skills, grand sense of humor, compelling onstage charisma, and reliability. Not everybody receives the chance to come back and some people have even been banned from the show, so being a Five-Timer is, most definitely, an honor to be proud of.

If you cannot catch the next induction ceremony as it airs or if you want to relive previous mentions of the Five-Timers Club, you can stream Saturday Night Live with a Peacock Premium subscription or even check out some of the show’s most popular sketches on YouTube, as well.

Jason Wiese
Content Writer

Jason Wiese writes feature stories for CinemaBlend. His occupation results from years dreaming of a filmmaking career, settling on a "professional film fan" career, studying journalism at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO (where he served as Culture Editor for its student-run print and online publications), and a brief stint of reviewing movies for fun. He would later continue that side-hustle of film criticism on TikTok (@wiesewisdom), where he posts videos on a semi-weekly basis. Look for his name in almost any article about Batman.