Betty White and 8 Other Golden Oldies Who Should Host 'SNL'
Betty White and 8 Other Golden Oldies Who Should Host 'SNL'
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Ever since her hilarious appearance in the Super Bowl's most popular commercial, 88-year-old Betty White is riding high.  She's funnier and more well-known than ever and a brand-new generation is discovering what their parents and grandparents already knew: old people are funny.

There's currently a campaign on Facebook to get Betty White to host Saturday Night Live, which is one of the best ideas we've heard in a long time.  At her age, she still has a razor sharp wit and massive stage presence, as she proved when accepting the award for Life Achievement at the recent Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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But Betty White isn't alone.  There's a whole group of senior citizens who are still in prime condition to take on hosting duties for Saturday Night Live.  To prove just how strong this golden oldie field is, here are our top eight choices for 80-year-olds who should host SNL.

Mel Brooks
This man is a bona fide comedy genius, and at 83 the director of such classics as The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Spaceballs is still able to show Gen Y a thing or two about being edgy.

Hugh HefnerHugh Hefner
We're not sure how funny Hugh Hefner would be, but a bunny on each arm to prop him up might make this an SNL to remember.

Elaine Stritch
It seems like guest starring on 30 Rock is now a stepping stone for hosting Saturday Night Live (just ask Jon Hamm, whose done both multiple times).  So why not let Jack's passive aggressive mom, Elaine Stritch, shine as host.

Stan Lee
There's one surefire ways to get nerds and online fans excited about Saturday Night Live: sign comic book icon Stan Lee as host.

Tony Bennett
Bennett has appeared as a musical guest before, but the man is still a force of nature.  What would make this episode worth watching?  Bringing back Alec Baldwin to do his spot-in Bennett impression.

Clrois Leachman, Dancing with the StarsCloris Leachman
If her appearance a little over a year ago on Dancing with the Stars proved anything, it's that Cloris is still limber and funny enough to pull off some great physical comedy for Saturday Night Live.

Christopher Plummer
Every year SNL gets an Oscar-nominated star to host around the time of the Academy Awards, so this year why not go with legendary actor Christopher Plummer, nominated for his work as Leo Tolstoy in The Last Station.  And if kids don't know who he is, just tell them he's the voice of the bad guy in Up or Captain von Trapp from The Sound of Music.

James Lipton
This may be impossible to believe, but the host of Inside the Actors Studio is 83-years-old.  He looks amazing for his age, and after all the times Will Ferrell nailed him with his impression, it's only fair that the dean emeritus of the Acting School shows us all how it's really done.


So which of these Golden Oldies would you like to see host SNL?



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