Pay attention Lorne.
The 42nd season of “Saturday Night Live” premieres October 1st and at the time this article was posted, the Not-Ready-for-Primetime Players had yet to announce who will host the season premiere. In case Lorne Michaels is feeling like he’s at a loss for the first time in his four decade career as “SNL” captain, we have a few helpful suggestions for him, completely free of charge.
Check out our picks for the 5 people we’d most like to see host “SNL” this season:
1. Rami Malek – The recent Emmy winner and star of “Mr. Robot” seems like an obvious choice for a Season 42 “SNL” host. He’s at the height of his fame for one of the hottest shows on television, and it’s a show that’s ripe for roasting. We’re drooling over the prospect of a “Mr. Robot” parody featuring a cameo of former cast member Mike Myers as Dr. Evil who’s super pissed off that he’s not the president of Evil Corp.
2. Tatiana Maslany-She’s already proven she’s the hardest working woman in television by playing an ever-increasing number of clones of herself on “Orphan Black.” The 16 member “SNL” cast could take the whole week off and just let her perform the entire show herself. And while we’re at it, let’s put her on the bill as musical guest too. The lady likes to work.
3. Sarah Paulson-Between “The People vs. OJ Simpson” and the “American Horror Story” franchise, Paulson has established herself as an acting juggernaut capable of playing roles as varied as Marcia Clark and a sexually divided pair of Siamese twins. We’re pretty sure she’d kill it in the role of mom to Beck Bennett’s adult baby character or any weirdo in a Kyle Mooney digital short.
4. Marc Maron-This is our wild card pick for Season 42. Stand-up comedian and reluctant hipster podcaster Marc Maron has had a 20 year unrequited love affair with “Saturday Night Live” as any fan of his “WTF” show knows. Maron missed out on his choice to join the cast after a “you’re this close” interview with creator Lorne Michaels in 1995. We think giving Maron his day as host could lead to the greatest live comedy catharsis in television history as well as some seriously darkly funny sketch comedy.
5. Ex-President Barack Obama-When the 44th President leaves office in January 2017, we’re pretty sure he’s going to be ready to cut loose a little after eight years under the microscope in the White House. We think transitioning from Leader of the Free World to bit player in some fake commercials seems like a logical progression. Plus, we’d love to see how his diplomacy experience plays out when he’s confronted with Cecily Strong’s “Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation with at a Party.”