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The 15 Best Monologues from Returning ‘SNL’ Cast Members

By Nadia Chaudhury | Saturday Night Live | October 13, 2014 |


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Bill Hader made his glorious return to SNL this weekend, and while the episode was good, because it had Stefon and a sequel to the puppet class sketch, I was a little disappointed. It wasn’t so much The Bill Hader Show as The Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig Show. That being said, I thought it apt to rank the best monologues from former SNL-ers who returned to host. If they’ve hosted multiple times, I picked the most impressive monologue of the bunch.


1. Bill Murray, February 20, 1999
Bill Murray, expounding on the virtues of Footloose: The Musical. There’s nothing better. Oh wait, there is: he sings.

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2. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, May 13, 2006
The first female cast member to come back and host (woohoo!), JLD’s monologue centered on the Seinfeld Curse. Poor Jason Alexander.

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3. Amy Poehler, September 25, 2010
Sure, it’s another cameo-filled monologue, but the dream sequence is enjoyably wacky.

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4. Tina Fey, September 28, 2013
Tina Fey is an SNL legend, so of course she had to haze the then-new cast members.

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5. Dana Carvey, October 22 1994
Dana Carvey’s famous George Bush impression was criticized by H.W. on screen.

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6. Will Ferrell, May 14, 2005
Ferrell’s first, though not last, time hosting was a gleeful bundle of nerves, singing and trying to bond with an audience member. There’s also a whole lotta peeing in his pants.

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7. Jimmy Fallon, December 17, 2011
Yeah, I know, Fallon’s popularized the whole “bring back everyone ever for a cameo,” but you gotta admit this one makes you smile.

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8. Molly Shannon, May 12, 2007
Shannon plays off schoolgirl crushes on Lorne Michaels very convincingly.

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9. Phil Hartman, March 23, 1996
Hartman’s whole schtick about losing his identity while constantly doing impressions was just spot-on. In related news, I miss Hartman so much.



10. Chevy Chase, February 9, 1980
Chase and Billy Murray patch things up with a mess of songs, real and not real.

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11. Andy Samberg, May 17, 2014
Adorable and simple, Samberg tries to beat Bill Hader’s impression record.

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12. Sarah Silverman, October 4, 2014
Another cute idea where Silverman interacts with her younger self from vintage SNL clips.

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13. Chris Farley, October 25, 1997
More of a not-monologue, Chris Farley was busy trying to get it on with Ana Gasteyer while Tim Meadows and Chris Rock tried to host.

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14. Maya Rudolph, February 18, 2012
We know the lady can sing and dance, but she can also get laid, a lot.

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15. Tracy Morgan, March 14, 2009
Morgan’s take on the media’s perception of him is like Tracy Jordan in real life.



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