From MC Hammer to Steve Forbes, the Most Awkward, Unfunny 'SNL' Hosts

With Mitt Romney lined up for a possible hosting slot, here's a look at some other poor choices in the show's history

Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney tells a joke at a campaign stop in New Hampshire
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney tells a joke at a campaign stop in New Hampshire Reuters

Republican Party presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is currently considering a request from SNL creator Lorne Michaels to host the show. Nearly all candidates have appeared on the comedy series, but Steve Forbes was the last to actually host in 1996—according to The Hollywood Reporter. SNL writer Jim Downey reminds readers that, "[Romney] was funny on Letterman, giving the Top Ten list," but we're still not buying it. Can the former Governor of Massachusetts prove that he's a human being and not an android? Will he actually get the jokes? Will Jason Sudeikis prove that he can out-Romney even Romney?

We prepped ourselves for the possible answers by revisiting some of the NBC series' worst hosts. Unfunny, awkward, and awful SNL MCs await you below.

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