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Top 10 Weekend Update Hosts

VO: Rebecca Brayton WRITTEN BY: William Regot
“Weekend Update” is often considered the best part of “Saturday Night Live,” and these comedians are the reason why. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today, we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Weekend Update Hosts. For this list, we look at the best anchors, or teams of anchors, for the “SNL” news segment, “Weekend Update.”
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“Weekend Update” is often considered the best part of “Saturday Night Live,” and these comedians are the reason why. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today, we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Weekend Update Hosts.


For this list, we look at the best anchors, or teams of anchors, for the “SNL” news segment, “Weekend Update.”




#10: Colin Jost & Michael Che




While these two weren’t well-received during their first couple of years hosting “Weekend Update,” Colin Jost and Michael Che are starting to find their footing and gain traction. Jost and Che work as foils for each other, as both come from different backgrounds and have different views. Jost is uptight and self-deprecating, while Che is cynical and ready with a playful insult for his partner. They may not always stick the landing with their punchlines, but they have a chemistry that allows them to work off each other.





#9: Seth Meyers




After Amy Poehler left “Weekend Update” in 2008 to focus on her newborn and “Parks and Recreation,” Meyers got a chance to host the segment by himself. Behind the desk, he had an affable charm and an effortless delivery. Perhaps more impressively, Meyers was great at conversing with the “Weekend Update” characters that would drop by, such as Stefon and Jacob the Bar Mitzvah Boy, showing genuine interaction rather than something stilted or overtly scripted. Boasting tremendous staying power, Meyers currently holds the “Weekend Update” hosting record with 154 episodes.





#8: Jane Curtin




The first anchor to take over “Weekend Update” when Chevy Chase left, Jane Curtin had big shoes to fill. But she held her own, thus helping to solidify the “Weekend Update” chair as an iconic position. Given the sexism that she had to overcome during this era, Curtin was a trailblazer, paving the path for future female anchors. In later years, Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd would assist Curtin behind the desk, but she was able to assert herself, never afraid to say directly what she believed.





#7: Jimmy Fallon & Tina Fey




This pairing gave audiences two unique styles, with Fallon’s sophomoric goofball shtick and Fey’s smart delivery. With the ease with which these two worked together, it’s no surprise that they would move on to bigger venues and conquer the comedy world. But most importantly, they were able to restore the good name of “Weekend Update” after Colin Quinn’s less than stellar tenure. Sure, Fallon got flack for breaking out in laughter while telling jokes, but hey, a lot of times the jokes were that good.






#6: Amy Poehler & Seth Meyers




This was yet another pairing of polar opposites where Amy was in your face and Seth was more of the cautious type. During this time, Seth and Amy developed one of the best “Weekend Update” segments with “Really!?! with Seth and Amy,” where they picked apart a celebrity or absurd news item point by point with straightforward logic. The team was around to cover the 2008 U.S. presidential election. One of the highlights was when Amy performed a Sarah Palin rap in front of Palin and shot a moose.






#5: Jane Curtin & Dan Aykroyd




Curtin and Aykroyd were the first team to work together delivering the news at “Weekend Update.” Curtin would take on the more serious role of straight man, or woman, while Aykroyd played the goofier role as the pompous station manager. In their segment, “Point/Counterpoint,” the two would engage in heated debates, but when Dan got flustered, he’d resort to his famous catchphrase where he called Jane an “ignorant slut.” Aykroyd would then go on to accuse Curtin of having loose morals and a flawed perspective because of those loose morals.







#4: Chevy Chase




Because Chevy Chase is synonymous with “Weekend Update,” it’s hard to believe he was only there for a year. Not only was Chevy the first person to anchor “Update,” he also co-created the segment with “Saturday Night Live” writer Herb Sargent. His introductory line, “I’m Chevy Chase, and you’re not,” has become one of the most memorable catchphrases in comedy history. There may have been “Weekend Update” anchors that followed who were better than Chevy, but without the foundation Chevy set, there might never have been a “Weekend Update” at all.






#3: Dennis Miller




We don’t want to go off on a rant here, but Dennis Miller is one of a kind. From rocking that mane to shaking his head to the sides, Miller brought a certain flair to his time on “Weekend Update” in the mid ‘80s. With a cocky, sarcastic attitude, Miller would skewer his targets, peppering his diatribes with references both obscure and pop culture-related that we’ve to come to love him for. It was also fun to watch Dana Carvey do his own special impersonation of Miller.





#2: Norm Macdonald




This beloved anchor was known for his low-key personality and dry delivery. His humor tended to go in surprising directions, and it sometimes veered into dark territory. Some of Norm’s favorite targets during his broadcasts included David Hasselhoff, O.J. Simpson, and perhaps most random of all, Sylvester Stallone’s brother Frank Stallone. When NBC executive Don Ohlmeyer was reportedly unhappy with Norm lambasting his close friend O.J. Simpson, Ohlmeyer had Norm fired from “Saturday Night Live,” which was a great loss for both “SNL” and “Weekend Update.”





Before we unveil our number one pick, here are a few honorable mentions



Kevin Nealon





Jane Curtin & Bill Murray






Colin Quinn





#1: Tina Fey & Amy Poehler




The first pair of women to anchor “Weekend Update,” Tina Fey and Amy Poehler had a chemistry that was electric. Each week for the show, Tina brought her intelligent wit, and Amy brought the energy. Together, they would take on the issues of the day, which were often related to women. We have seen Tina and Amy costar in movies and co-host the Golden Globes to critical acclaim, but “Weekend Update” was the first place we saw what was possible when you put these two together.

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