Alec Baldwin officially becomes the most frequent “Saturday Night Live” host of all time this weekend. When he kicks off the new SNL season with his 16th opening monologue, he’ll finally break his 15-15 hosting tie with Steve Martin.
It’s an impressive accomplishment — and one that, perhaps, will be short-lived if Martin hosts the show again in the near future. But let’s not worry about that right now.
Instead, let’s focus on some of the funnier sketches from Baldwin’s years as a pseudo-“Saturday Night Live” regular, a gig that began with his first turn as host back in the pre-“Nevermind” era of 1990. Here are five of his funnier moments; have a favorite not mentioned here? Share it by posting a comment.
Baldwin’s opening monologue: Feb. 13, 1993.
During his third stint as SNL host, Baldwin demonstrates how well he knows how to bribe fellow cast and crew members to get what he wants. It’s entirely possible that Rob Schneider is still living off the cash that the “30 Rock” star slipped him here.
Canteen Boy: Feb. 12, 1994
Baldwin the Scout leader takes squirm-inducing advantage of Adam Sandler’s Canteen Boy on this, his fourth SNL appearance.
Schweddy Balls: Dec. 12, 1998
The famous holiday-themed NPR spoof that would eventually spawn its own flavor of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream was part of Baldwin’s eighth hosting gig.
Charles Nelson Reilly on “Inside the Actors Studio”: April 7, 2001.
Baldwin, in his ninth go-round, donned big glasses and an absurdly (but accurate) flamboyant laugh to portray Reilly, whose TV work is the subject of lavish praise fromWill-Ferrell-as-James Lipton. “If you ever want to see acting at its finest, acting that will make you re-examine your life, acting that will make you see the world for the first time, watch the 1969 television series ‘Love American Style’.”
Glengarry Glen-Christmas: Dec. 10, 2005
Baldwin, on SNL visit No. 12, adapts his “Glengarry Glen Ross” “Always be closing” routine for Santa’s workshop. Added bonus: Hearing Amy Poehler talk in an elf voice.