Saturday Night Live has launched comedy legends like Bill Murray, Chris Rock, Tina Fey, and so many more. But even more fun than watching the show make household names of up-and-coming comedians is when SNL alum return to host the show. For instance, season 45 made headlines earlier this year when it confirmed Eddie Murphy would reappear after 35 years this December.
Will Ferrell hasn’t been away from the show for nearly that long. The actor — who has gone on to a hugely successful movie career — was a cast member from 1995 to 2002. Yet, this week’s hosting gig is still a major milestone for Ferrell.
How many times has Will Ferrell hosted?
Whenever a star becomes a frequent SNL host, he or she eventually gets inaugurated in the Five-Timers Club. Part running gag, part actual distinction, the Five-Timers Club was first mentioned when Tom Hanks hosted for the fifth time back in 1990. As you may have guessed, this weekend marks Ferrell’s entrance into the Five-Timers Club.
Typically, hosts who enter the Five-Timers Club are ushered during their monologue backstage into a members-only area. This is usually an opportunity for other Five-Timers to make cameo appearances. So fans should expect Ferrell to get his smoking jacket this weekend.
Who else might show up in the Five-Timers Club is anyone’s guess. Alec Baldwin is currently the reigning SNL host champ, with 17 hosting gigs. He is followed by Steve Martin, John Goodman, and Buck Henry, with 15, 13, and 10 episodes as host, respectively.
Which ‘Saturday Night Live’ characters might appear?
Since Ferrell has a rich history on the show, he’s certain to dust off some of his most popular characters during this fifth time hosting. However, which fan-favorite sketches will get a new installment? Ferrell’s Celebrity Jeopardy series is easily a highlight of his run. But given Alex Trebek’s illness, a parody might seem like it’s in poor taste right now.
Thankfully, Ferrell has a deep bench of characters to tap into. If SNL wants to go political — as it often does — Ferrell could bust out his beloved George W. Bush impression once again. But we expect him to dig a bit deeper this time around.
So might we see Ferrell’s Harry Caray or James Lipton impressions? What about another appearance by the Spartan cheerleaders or the Butabi brothers? Ferrell’s fifth time hosting feels like a great opportunity to bring back other 1990s cast members like Cheri Oteri and Chris Kattan for guest appearances.
Could Ferrell bring a movie character to ‘SNL’?
Even if Ferrell doesn’t bust out the cowbell this weekend, his SNL fans certainly have stuck by him over the years. The actor has delivered some of the most popular comedies of the 2000s, with films like The Other Guys and Step Brothers. In fact, there’s always the chance one of Ferrell’s movie characters could show up on SNL.
The show has done this kind of thing before, with Ben Stiller notably popping up as Derek Zoolander from time to time. Similarly, Ferrell could show up as his Zoolander character Mugatu with a fashion report or even Buddy the Elf for some holiday tips. But there’s another character he’s more likely to take to SNL.
Anchorman‘s Ron Burgundy is easily Ferrell’s most iconic movie character. Imagine the cheers the actor would get if he comes sauntering up to the Weekend Update desk with his own report. After all, Ferrell has reprised the character in a sequel and for a popular podcast. So don’t be surprised if Ron Burgundy shows up on your TV this weekend.