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All 23 Members of the ‘Saturday Night Live’ Five-Timers Club

Ellen Gutoskey
Steve Martin and Tina Fey at the premiere of Broadway's 'Mr. Saturday Night' in April 2022.
Steve Martin and Tina Fey at the premiere of Broadway's 'Mr. Saturday Night' in April 2022. / Bruce Glikas/GettyImages
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On February 26, 2022, John Mulaney hosted Saturday Night Live for the fifth time, becoming the newest member of its famed Five-Timers Club. He brought the roster total to 23, though one entry does come with an asterisk: Paul Simon has only technically hosted four times. But he’s been the musical guest nine times and showed up in special appearances another five times, so he’s widely considered a card-carrying FTC member. He even helped induct two other hosts—Tom Hanks and Justin Timberlake—into the exclusive circle.

As People reports, it was Hanks who first “revealed” the existence of the Five-Timers Club during his 1990 monologue, which, in addition to Simon, also featured Steve Martin and Elliott Gould. They both had hosted the show five times at that point, but they weren’t the only ones. Buck Henry, Chevy Chase, and Candice Bergen had already reached the milestone, too.

Since then, more than a dozen others have joined them. The performers range from former cast members—like Bill Murray, Tina Fey, and Will Ferrell—to celebrities who just keep getting invited back. Alec Baldwin has taken center stage 17 times and appeared as a special guest even more often than that.

If someone’s coming up on their fifth hosting gig these days, you can pretty much count on cameos from at least a couple existing FTC members in the episode. Fey and Martin pop up fairly frequently, dressed of course in the club’s trademark smoking jackets. 

Explore the full list below, complete with “induction” sketches and other highlights from the hosts’ SNL tenure.

1. Buck Henry

Joined the club: November 19, 1977
Number of times hosting: 10

2. Steve Martin

Joined the club: April 22, 1978
Number of times hosting: 15

3. Elliott Gould

Joined the club: February 15, 1980
Number of times hosting: 6

4. Paul Simon

Joined the club: May 10, 1986
Number of times hosting: 4

5. Chevy Chase

Joined the club: December 6, 1986
Number of times hosting: 8

6. Candice Bergen

Joined the club: May 19, 1990
Number of times hosting: 5

7. Tom Hanks

Joined the club: December 8, 1990
Number of times hosting: 10

8. Danny DeVito

Joined the club: January 9, 1993
Number of times hosting: 6

9. John Goodman

Joined the club: May 7, 1994
Number of times hosting: 13

10. Alec Baldwin

Joined the club: December 10, 1994
Number of times hosting: 17

11. Bill Murray

Joined the club: February 20, 1999
Number of times hosting: 5

12. Christopher Walken

Joined the club: May 19, 2001
Number of times hosting: 7

13. Drew Barrymore

Joined the club: February 3, 2007
Number of times hosting: 6

14. Justin Timberlake

Joined the club: March 9, 2013
Number of times hosting: 5

15. Ben Affleck

Joined the club: May 18, 2013
Number of times hosting: 5

16. Tina Fey

Joined the club: December 9, 2015
Number of times hosting: 6

17. Scarlett Johansson

Joined the club: March 11, 2017
Number of times hosting: 6

18. Melissa McCarthy

Joined the club: May 13, 2017
Number of times hosting: 5

19. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

Joined the club: May 20, 2017
Number of times hosting: 5

20. Jonah Hill

Joined the club: November 3, 2018
Number of times hosting: 5

21. Will Ferrell

Joined the club: November 23, 2019
Number of times hosting: 5

22. Paul Rudd

Joined the club: December 18, 2021
Number of times hosting: 5

23. John Mulaney

Joined the club: February 26, 2022
Number of times hosting: 5

[h/t People]

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