SNL Turns 40: Here Is The Best Of Weekend Update Over The Past 40 Years

Here are our favorite hosts of Weekend Update over the past 40 years.

Saturday Night Live has a long legacy of producing live comedy, and some of television’s favorite stars have emerged from the show. Weekend Update remains a favorite segment on the show, and is one of the only segments that has been running since the show’s inception. Here are our favorite hosts of the much-loved news segment, Weekend Update.

Chevy Chase

He’s Chevy Chase, and unfortunately you’re not. Chevy Chase became the first breakout star of SNL, which many credited to his role on Weekend Update.


Jane Curtin and Bill Murray

It’s a funny glimpse into the past to see the Queen of Deadpan and our favorite oddball in one of their first roles.

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Dennis Miller

Dennis Miller was the longest running solo host of Weekend Update. How did he keep himself company? By debating with himself of course.


Norm Macdonald

Chevy Chase lauded Norm Macdonald as one of the only funny hosts of the show, besides himself of course. And no I’m not joking. Chase really did think he was one of the only funny ones.


It’s interesting watching these older clips and seeing what jokes wouldn’t be acceptable anymore.

Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon

Both Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon have since created successful shows since they departed from SNL. They’ve become beloved icons of comedy, and here’s where it started for them.


Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler

Really? You really thought I wouldn’t include Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler? I mean really.

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And of course, if you’re going to do a Best of Weekend Update Article, then you need to have a joke off.

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