Who’s the Best SNL Weekend Update Anchor?

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One of the reasons people still watch Saturday Night Live is because of Weekend Update.¬†However, some of the Weekend Update anchors over the years have been hit or miss, as well, and these folks keep that segment for several years. As we watch yet another season of Seth Meyers, let’s look back and decide, who is the best SNL Weekend Update anchor? VOTE AT THE BOTTOM.

1

Chevy Chase
1975-1976

Chevy Chase was the first Weekend Update anchor but only did it for the first and his only SNL season. The show was considered groundbreaking at the time and this was back when he was funny.

2

Jane Curtin
1976-1980

Curtin held the reigns for several years and sideshows such as Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray certainly helped, but Curtin is hardly known for being a great anchor. She seems more memorable as the Conehead mom.

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SNL Newsbreak and Saturday Night News
1980-1985

Let’s pretend 1981-1984 didn’t happen. “SNL Newsbreak” lasted between 1981 and 1982, and “Saturday Night News” lasted from 1982 to 1985. Other than Eddie Murphy, these were some of the darker years of SNL.

3

Dennis Miller
1985-1991

Miller hit the nail on the head with the Weekend Update anchor position. His brand of humor made him one of the most popular anchors the show has ever had.

4

Kevin Nealon
1991-1994

Nealon was fine on SNL, but then he took the seat on Weekend Update, delivering corny jokes that didn’t even draw laughs from the studio audience. We found ourselves screaming for Dennis Miller to return.

5

Norm MacDonald
1994-1997

MacDonald’s humor can be summed up like this: dry and dirty. Oh, and also, unfunny.

6

Colin Quinn
1998-2000

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To me, Colin Quinn was the worst anchor SNL has ever seen. He delivered his jokes like a New York mobster who was daring you to laugh.

7

Jimmy Fallon & Tina Fey
2000-2004

Fallon & Fey had good chemistry together and made Weekend Update moderately funny again, after nearly a decade of being unfunny.

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8

Tina Fey & Amy Poehler
2004-2006

The segment hardly missed a beat with Fallon gone, as Fey & Poehler also drew moderate laughs.

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9

Amy Poehler & Seth Meyers
2006-2008

Really? With head writer Fey gone, Poehler & Meyers continued with a similar brand of humor as the previous six seasons.

10

Seth Meyers
2008-present

Poehler’s departure left Meyers solo. The Weekend Update segment continues to be moderately funny, but we still long for the days of Dennis Miller.

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