4. Larry David
If you are a Saturday Night Live fan who is looking for a little less politics on the show, then 2020 probably won’t be your year. But if the show does choose to lean heavily into the election year, then Larry David would make a pretty, pretty good host.
David has hosted twice before, during season 41 in 2016 and during season 43 in 2017. Both times came after he had debuted via cameo as Senator Bernie Sanders. The fancast of David as Sanders was too good for Saturday Night Live to ignore and has been used again and again since 2016 including this season.
Senator Sanders is atop some polls of Democratic candidates for president and that seems unlikely to change. David hosting SNL now wouldn’t be the first time a host with a political impression in their bag of tricks was used around an election. Tina Fey made headlines for her Sarah Palin impression and hosted right before the 2008 election. Alec Baldwin, who has become an honorary cast member for his Donald Trump impression, hosted in 2017 just a month after Trump’s inauguration.
Saturday Night Live could wait until the start of next season to bring in David as host if Senator Sanders is the Democratic nominee. But with the newest season of Curb Your Enthusiasm launching this month, there is no time like the present to let David host a third time.
David was widely criticized for a Holocaust joke during his monologue in 2016. But that negative press clearly had no impact on his relationship with SNL or his popularity. The closer Bernie Sanders gets to the White House, the more SNL will need Larry David. A hosting gig in season 45 would be a good start.