5 first-time 'SNL' hosts we'd like to see

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Marianne Dowling, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:45 PM ET

Want some fresh laughs, Saturday Night Live? Well, here’s a hot tip for producer Lorne Michaels: Give the tried and true a break and offer the hosting duties to some new upstarts who have never uttered the words, “Live from New York, It’s Saturday Night Live.”

Heck, he's finally given the show its first black woman - Sasheer Zamata - since the departure of Maya Rudolph in 2007, so anything's possible right?

Of course, in 39 seasons, there are bound to be some repeats. But some frequent SNL hosts are getting old, literally and figuratively. So, instead of asking Alec Baldwin back for the 17th time (he still holds the record) here are some other talented - and hilarious - stars who (incredibly) haven’t hosted yet – but should.

Ryan Gosling

When Ryan Gosling heads out to promote a movie, he’s a dream guest for any late-night talk show host. Sorry fellas, on top of being handsome, charming and one of the sharpest dressers to ever come out of Cornwall, Ont., he’s also really funny. Add to that his Mickey Mouse Club pedigree, where he danced, sang and acted alongside none other than SNL host extraordinaire, Justin Timberlake. They might be obnoxious sometimes, but those triple threat kids know how to entertain. This should happen for a Notebook spoof alone.

Dave Chappelle

Chappelle’s Show, which ended in 2006 after only three seasons, was widely regarded as one of the funniest shows in the history of television. To say Chappelle knows how to write a joke is like saying Martha Stewart likes to dabble in arts and crafts. It’s a long shot (Chappelle has said he’s not a fan of sketches) but just think of how much media attention this SNL episode would attract if the master returned to the spotlight. We can dream.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Need an actor with range? Leo’s got it, but none of his critically acclaimed roles have translated into an Oscar win. That can end this year. With The Wolf of Wall Street gaining buzz this awards season, it’s time for him to hawk this movie harder than ever before...by hosting SNL. It might sound crazy, but Oscar voters actually watch SNL and what better way to showcase his many talents than by dressing up in a chicken suit during those important voting weeks? Being pals with Scorsese only gets you so far.

Sarah Silverman

Sarah Silverman has learned a lot since getting sacked after her first season on SNL. No longer the shrinking violet she was back in 1993, Silverman is now a stand-up powerhouse and gifted writer/actor putting her quirky stamp on movies (Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic), TV shows (The Sarah Silverman Program) and viral comedy videos (I’m F*@#ing Matt Damon). She needs to come back and show them what they passed up on.

Stephen Colbert

He’s arguably the funniest (and nicest) man in the comedy business, so how could this go wrong? Although he’s most known for his Colbert Report alter ego, he also has sharp acting, writing and improv skills honed from his years at Second City in Chicago. He’s a massive talent (he sings and dances, too) - and could even help out at the Weekend Update desk. Be prepared for aching ribs Sunday morning.

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