Video Game Characters Who Should Host SNL


I would like to understand where my reasoning for this article comes from. Seriously. I rewrote this intro several times, and each attempt made less sense than the last. Video Game Characters on Most Revered Late Night TV show in history? Why? I blame Bowen Yang and his Persona 5 rolls on Instagram.

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In any event, Saturday Night Live is an integral part of American pop culture. Video games too. Therefore, a world where video game characters could host SNL is a world I would love to live in. With my flimsy reasoning aside, here are some fan-favorite characters I want to see host on SNL.


10/10 Hatsune Miku

Pop stars and Saturday Night Live go hand in hand, giving us some of the show’s most memorable moments. Consider Paul Simon in a turkey suit, Ariana Grande single-handedly saving Tidal with flawless impressions, Justin Timberlake in just about anything: all brilliant comedies.

So of course, Hatsune Miku, the Vocaloid idol, would make a fun and quirky host, also serving as a musical guest. What’s great about this diva is that she’s a computer program that will sing anything, whether it’s a Dick-In-A-Box sequel or a heartfelt ballad. All the writers have to do is type his lyrics. So, boom! She has them memorized and ready to go. Talk about performance ready.

9/10 Pikachu

I don’t know how many sketches you can write with the words “Pika”, “Pika-Pee”, “Chu”, etc. Still, if the Pokémon anime has been doing it since 1997, the writers at 30 Rock can handle a small, hour-long chunk of live TV. (A please don’t destroy short on working hard to write for Pikachu might be a fun meta comment).

If all else fails and the show is a lemon (Liz), at least Pikachu will always be Pikachu. It’s like animals and babies on stage. They are fascinating because they are present in the moment. Who could hate a cute, electrified rodent hosting a comedy show? I could not.

8/10 Little Mac

Athletes are another category of SNL hosts. They don’t always have the stage presence and comedic chops of actors and singers, but they’re team players who take direction well. Plus, it’s always great to see highly competitive and disciplined people laughing at themselves.

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Little Mac is one of the most recognizable athletes in video gaming (not an athlete replicated in a 2K game). Also, Mac has seen some things. For example, it went hand in hand with mike tyson. Imagine if he met one of Tyson’s White Bengal Tigers? There’s a weird Joe Exotic boxing parody wrapped up in there.

7/10 mike hagar

Many politicians have graced the Studio 8H stage, including Bernie Sanders, John McCain and Hillary Clinton. But what about athletes turned politicians? mike hagar from Final Fight and Saturday Night Slam Masters is a wrestler and former mayor of Metro City, a direct parallel to The Big Apple. So it’s a shoo-in to host SNL.

The wrestlers are fantastic actors. They create outrageous characters, perform elaborate stunts and know the job of crowds. For example, look at Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. He is part of the quintuple club! If there was an SNL equivalent in Metro City, I think Haggar would be in their fivefold club as well.

6/10 Tom Nook

Another flavor of SNL hosts, unfortunately, are billionaires. So, I’m a firm believer that Animal Crossing’s raccoon would earn money to host the show. But Tom Nook is far from deplorable like Elon Musk or Donald Trump. So at least there is that.

And if Nook can get KK Slider to serve as a musical guest, I’d say his hosting was worth it.

5/10 GLaDOS

She’s witty, brave, and has one of the best songs in gaming. So it makes sense that GLaDOSthe intriguing AI of the Portal series, anime live from New York on Saturday nights!

GLaDOS would be a major asset on SNL for several reasons. First, of course, she could sing her two singles, “Still Alive” and “I Want You Gone,” as a musical guest. However, her deadpan one-liners would make her a perfect fit alongside Colin Jost and Michael Che on Weekend Update.

4/10 mario and louis

Mario and Luigi have paid their dues and more. This duo is as memorable as many of comedy’s most important partnerships, like Abbott and Costello, Cheech and Chong, and Tina and Amy. So it’s time for these gaming legends to host SNL.

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Mario and Luigi have great chemistry, can take a beating, and can turn a boring night into a party (Mario)! Plus, the Super Mario Brothers and company deserve a rematch for this courtroom sketch of Wario.

3/10 Lara Croft

Lara Croft battled dinosaurs, prevented a Mayan apocalypse, and even climbed the Great Pyramid. But will she be able to survive the trials of Studio 8H? Let’s be honest. SNL hosting is probably a cinch for the famed Tomb Raider compared to its earlier accomplishments.

With so much lived experience under her belt, the material for Lara’s episode writes itself. For example, Lara fought an otherworldly being with Thor’s hammer. It’s an opening monologue in itself. Plus, Croft’s dry sense of humor would make her a great straight woman, similar to Deadpan’s Queen Jane Curtin.

2/10 PaRappa the rapper

The rambling rhyme-spitting sunbeams make excellent SNL hosts. That’s what made Lin Manuel Miranda such a wonderful host in 2016. (I’m still laughing at Crucible Cast Party.) So if I had to find a close video game equivalent, PaRappa the rapper would do.

Plus, imagine the awesome collaboration Um Jammer Lammy PaRappa could do for musical performances. You have to believe it would make for an epic show!

1/10 Johnny Cage

Of all the Hollywood stars deserving of a guest-hosting position on SNL, one of Earthrealm’s defenders is an obvious choice. Johnny Cage is an action star whose skills combine the stunts of Jean-Claude Van Damme with the raunchy daddy humor of Bob Saget. Who else would enjoy turning a corpse into a ventriloquist dummy?

Young Johnny Cage may have been a pain to work with, but Dad Cage is a much wiser man. Life and fatherhood have humbled him, making him one of the most lovable characters in the Mortal Kombat series. And speaking of fatherhood, you know Chloe Fineman would bring out her best Cassie Cage impression for this show.

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