Michael Keaton On 'SNL' Makes Me Want These Other '90s Stars To Host The Show
Birdman star and ultimate 2014 comeback story Michael Keaton hosted Saturday Night Live last night, and it was his first time since 1992. While things have certainly changed for the Oscar-nominated star in the span of those 23 (!) years, the actor still proved he has a good sense of humor about himself and even paid homage to the films that made him a household name, like Beetlejuice and the Batman saga.
The episode was, undoubtedly, a bizarre, albeit very amusing and entertaining one. (That deranged Easter Candy sketch could very well ruin your holiday, or improve it.) But more than anything, it was just another reminder (after a year full of reminders) that Keaton's comedic talents have been sorely missed and it's awesome that he's back in the spotlight. Don't be surprised if you see Keaton hosting SNL less than every two decades from here on out.
Keaton's funny, impressive turn as SNL host over the weekend got us thinking about other 80's and 90's stars that we desperately miss and would love to see have a comeback, especially at Studio 8H. While we're totally pumped up for April 11 host Taraji P. Henson, here's some out-of-the-spotlight, but certainly-not-forgotten celebrities we'd love to see take the SNL stage for the first time, or for the first time in far too long.
Hey, if Michael Keaton can have a comeback, why not his awesome, equally talented Beetlejuice co-star Geena Davis? The Oscar-winning actress—who most recently has appeared as Dr. Nicole Herman on Grey's Anatomy —was also 80's and 90's royalty thanks to her work in The Fly, A League Of Their Own, and Thelma & Louise, among others. Davis hosted once back in 1989 and hasn't been back since, and honestly that's a shame. Not only is she a comedic treasure (see: Quick Change), but she has some other awesome skills to boot. The actress/world-class archer could definitely participate in some hilarious Hunger Games-inspired sketches.
No, this isn't just an excuse to re-watch this GIF for the billionth time (though, I will take any excuse). B-Frase was always something of an underrated gem, even when he was churning out 90's hits like The Mummy and George of the Jungle. The actor is already a three-time SNL host (his last trip to studio 8H was way back in 2000), so you know he can handle it. Plus, if there's any venue in which to acknowledge/make fun of the Golden Globe clap seen 'round the world, it would be here.
As Neve Campbell—who hosted once back in 1997— proved in the first half of the final season of Mad Men , she's still got it. The actress captured hearts in the 90's thanks to her work on the small screen (Party of Five) and the big screen alike (the Scream saga), and everybody still loves her. We'd also totally accept if her fellow Party of Five stars Jennifer Love Hewitt and Lacey Chabert wanted to host and/or make a special cameos.
The "Livin' La Vida Loca" singer was a musical guest in both 1999 and 2000, so there's no reason why the pop star can't perform again (either as a musician or a host) in 2015. After all, the artist is touring this spring and summer, and 90's nostalgia is at an all-time high, so he'd hit all the marks.
The inclusion of Ashley Judd on this list really isn't even fair. Sure, the actress hit her stride back in the 90's thanks to her impressive performances in movies like Norma Jean & Marilyn, Heat, and A Time to Kill, but she's been steadily working ever since, including the hit Divergent saga. But what makes Judd so truly kick-ass these days, is what an outspoken feminist she is off-screen. Judd has charming comedic chops, no doubt (see: Someone Like You, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood), but we'd really love to see what she'd do or say during the opening monologue or Weekend Update.
Jonathan Taylor Thomas
The ratings for a JTT-hosted episode of SNL would be HUGE. You know it, I know it, JTT knows it.