A Brief History Of ‘SNL’ Episodes Featuring Two Hosts

Senior Pop Culture Editor
12.19.15
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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are hosting the Christmas episode of SNL. This, in and of itself, is reason to celebrate, but it’s also a momentous occasion; it’s the first time in 11 years that SNL has been hosted by two people. Let’s look at some of the more memorable double dippings in the sketch show’s history.

Peter Cook and Dudley Moore — Jan. 24, 1976

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Here’s a fun trivia question that will impress no one at the bar: Who were the first pair of SNL hosts? That would be Peter Cook and Dudley Moore in season one, well before the latter starred in Arthur. Lorne Michaels was still trying to figure out what he wanted his show to be; this wasn’t it. Cook and Moore spend most of the episode by themselves, their British sensibilities (they were also the first non-Americans) not mixing in with the rest of the cast. SNL should book more comedy duos, though. Key & Peele would be great.

Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman — Oct. 15, 1983

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Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman weren’t the first married couple to host SNL (Richard Benjamin and Paula Prentiss beat them by four seasons), but they’re the most charming. Their delightful energy is palpable in the monologue. The year 1983 was right when Taxi was ending and Cheers was beginning. Those are two of the greatest sitcoms of all time, so it’s a shame DeVito and especially Perlman (he’s in more sketches) weren’t given better material. Still, this episode is worth watching. Look how adorable and young they are!

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