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Q: How many people have hosted five times or more?

A: 12: Steve Martin (14 times), Alec Baldwin (13 times), John Goodman (12 times), Buck Henry (10 times), Chevy Chase (9 times), Tom Hanks (8 times), Danny DeVito (6 times), Elliot Gould (6 times), Christopher Walken (6 times), Drew Barrymore (5 times), Candice Bergen (5 times), and Bill Murray (5 times).

Q: Who was the youngest host?

A: Drew Barrymore was seven years old when she first hosted in 1982. Other young hosts include Macaulay Culkin (11 years old), Fred Savage (13 years old), and Jodie Foster (14 years old).

Q: Who was the oldest host?

A: "Anyone Can Host" contest winner Miskell Spillman was 80 years, 3 months, 10 days old when she hosted January 22, 1977. She narrowly edges out actress Ruth Gordon, who was 80 years, 2 months, 24 days when she hosted January 22, 1977.

Q: How many hosts are now dead?

A: 32 (Desi Arnaz, Milton Berle, Peter Boyle, John Candy, Ray Charles, James Coburn, Peter Cook, Howard Cosell, Broderick Crawford, Rodney Dangerfield, Chris Farley, Ruth Gordon, Phil Hartman, Madeline Kahn, Sam Kinison, Ted Knight, Billy Martin, Strother Martin, Walter Matthau, Robert Mitchum, Dudley Moore, Rick Nelson, Walter Payton, Anthony Perkins, Donald Pleasence, Christopher Reeve, Ray Sharkey, Miskel Spillman, Brandon Tartikoff, Robert Urich, Flip Wilson, and Frank Zappa).

Q: Who had the longest time span between hosting appearances?

A: Madeline Kahn with 18 years, 2 months, and 8 days between her 1977 debut and 1995 return. Runners-up include Drew Barrymore with 16 years, 4 months, 0 days (1982, 1999) and Bob Newhart with 14 years, 9 months, 1 day (1980, 1995).

Q: Who had the longest time span between musical guest appearances?

A: Prince, with a 25 year gap between his first appearance in 1981 and his second in 2006.

Q: Who had the shortest time span between hosting appearances?

A: Candice Bergen with six weeks between her November 8, 1975 debut and December 20, 1975 follow-up.

Q: How many Beatles have appeared on the show?

A: Three (George, Paul, and Ringo).

Q: How many Monty Python members have appeared on the show?

A: Four: Graham Chapman (special guest); John Cleese (special guest); Eric Idle (host); and Michael Palin (host, special guest).

Q: How many cameo appearances has John Goodman made on the show?

A: Nine cameo appearances (including one voice-over).

Q: How many actual Presidents have said "Live from New York ... "?

A: One: Gerald Ford on April 17, 1976 (host Ron Nessen).

Q: How many musicians have hosted and been musical guest in the same episode?

A: 23 (Christina Aguilera, Desi Arnaz, Garth Brooks, Ray Charles, Hammer, Deborah Harry, Janet Jackson, Quincy Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Lopez, Ludacris, Willie Nelson, Olivia Newton-John, Dolly Parton, The Rolling Stones, Paul Simon, Britney Spears, Sting, Justin Timberlake, Lily Tomlin, Stevie Wonder, and Frank Zappa).

Q: How many sports figures have hosted or co-hosted the show?

A: 28 (Lance Armstrong, Charles Barkley, Tom Brady, Howard Cosell, Chris Evert, George Foreman, Jeff Gordon, Wayne Gretzky, Hulk Hogan, LeBron James, Derek Jeter, Michael Jordan, Alex Karras, Nancy Kerrigan, John Madden, Peyton Manning, Billy Martin, Joe Montana, Jonny Moseley, Walter Payton, The Rock, Andy Roddick, Bill Russell, Deion Sanders, O.J. Simpson, George Steinbrenner, Fran Tarkenton, and Bob Uecker)

Q: How many political figures have hosted the show?

A: 11 (Georgia Senator Julian Bond, Presidential Candidate Steve Forbes, Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Vice President Al Gore, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Mayor Ed Koch, U.S. Senator John McCain, U.S. Senator George McGovern, Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader, Presidential Press Secretary Ron Nessen, and Presidential Candidate Al Sharpton).

Q: How many Academy Award winners have hosted the show?

A: 52: Ben Affleck ("Good Will Hunting" - writing), Kim Basinger ("L.A. Confidential"), Halle Berry ("Monster's Ball"), Adrien Brody ("The Pianist"), Ellen Burstyn ("Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore"), Nicolas Cage ("Leaving Las Vegas"), George Clooney ("Syriana"), James Coburn ("Affliction"), Francis Ford Coppola ("The Godfather, Part II, directing and producing, "Patton" - writing), Broderick Crawford ("All the King's Men"), Matt Damon ("Good Will Hunting" -writing); Geena Davis ("The Accidental Tourist"), Robert DeNiro ("The Godfather, Part II," "Raging Bull"), Michael Douglas ("Wall Street"), Richard Dreyfuss ("The Goodbye Girl"), Sally Field ("Norma Rae," "Places in the Heart"), Jodie Foster ("The Accused," "The Silence of the Lambs"), Jamie Foxx ("Ray"), Mel Gibson ("Braveheart," directing and producing) Cuba Gooding, Jr. ("Jerry Maguire"), Ruth Gordon ("Rosemary's Baby"), Louis Gossett, Jr. ("An Officer and a Gentleman"), Tom Hanks ("Philadelphia," "Forrest Gump"), Charlton Heston ("Ben-Hur"), Ron Howard ("A Beautiful Mind" - directing and coproducing), Helen Hunt ("As Good as It Gets"), Anjelica Huston ("Prizzi's Honor"), Jeremy Irons ("Reversal of Fortune"), , George Kennedy ("Cool Hand Luke"), Nicole Kidman ("The Hours"), Kevin Kline ("A Fish Called Wanda"), Walter Matthau ("The Fortune Cookie"), Gwyneth Paltrow ("Shakespeare in Love"), Sean Penn ("Mystic River"), Joe Pesci ("Goodfellas"), Tim Robbins ("Mystic River"), Sissy Spacek ("Coal Miner's Daughter"), Kevin Spacey ("American Beauty," "The Usual Suspects"), Maureen Stapleton ("Reds"), Ringo Starr ("Let It Be" - score), Hilary Swank ("Boys Don't Cry," "Million Dollar Baby"), Quentin Tarantino ("Pulp Fiction" - writing), Charlize Theron ("Monster"), Billy Bob Thornton ("Sling Blade" - writing); Marisa Tomei ("My Cousin Vinny"), Christopher Walken ("The Deer Hunter"), Forest Whitaker ("Last King of Scotland"), Robin Williams ("Good Will Hunting"), Reese Witherspoon ("Walk the Line"), Stevie Wonder ("I Just Called to Say I Love You" - song from "The Woman in Red"), Renée Zellweger ("Cold Mountain"), and Catherine Zeta Jones ("Chicago").

Q: How many Academy Award winners have served as musical guest?

A: 15: David Byrne ("The Last Emperor" - score), Cher ("Moonstruck"), Bob Dylan ("Things Have Changed" - song from "Wonder Boys"), Eminem ("Lose Yourself" - song from "8 Mile"), Herbie Hancock ("'Round Midnight" - score), George Harrison ("Let It Be" - score), Elton John ("Can You Feel the Love Tonight" - song from "The Lion King"), Annie Lennox ("Into the West" - song from "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"), Paul McCartney ("Let It Be" - score), Randy Newman ("If I Didn't Have You" - song from "Monsters, Inc."), Prince ("Purple Rain" - score), Lionel Richie ("Say You, Say Me" - song from "White Nights"), Howard Shore ("Lord of the Rings" - score, "Into the West" - song from "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"), Carly Simon ("Let the River Run" - song from "Working Girl"), and Bruce Springsteen ("Streets of Philadelphia" - song from "Philadelphia").

Q: How many classical musicians have performed as musical guest?

A: Two (Philip Glass and Luciano Pavarotti).

Q: How many complaints did NBC receive after Sinead O' Connor tore up a picture of the pope?

A: 4,484 complaints.

Q: How many people called in supporting O'Connor?

A: 725 calls of support.

Q: What was all the fuss over Martin Lawrence's monologue?

A: Lawrence broke away from the approved monologue performed in dress rehearsal and went into a racy diatribe on female genitalia and feminine hygiene. He used the word "douche" five times and made referneces to yeast infections and "washing your ass properly."

Reruns of the episode have replaced most of Lawrence's monologue with a humorous voice-over explaining the incident. Voiced by longtime "SNL" writer Jim Downey, the message ends with: "...It was a frank and lively presentation, and nearly cost us all our jobs. We now return to the conclusion of Martin's monologue."

Q: How many complaints did NBC receive about Martin Lawrence's monologue?

A: 627 complaints.

Q: How many people called in supporting Lawrence?

A: Three calls of support.

Q: How many people have made guest appearances on both "SNL" and "SCTV"?

A: 12 (Jimmy Buffett, John Cougar, Andrae Crouch, Darryl Hall, Levon Helm, Al Jarreau, Dr. John, Bill Murray, John Oates, Roy Orbison, Betty Thomas, and Robin Williams).

Q: How many people have hosted "SNL" and guest starred on "Mad TV"?

A: 24 (Pamela Anderson, Christina Applegate, Tom Arnold, Drew Barrymore, Halle Berry, Neve Campbell, George Carlin, David Carradine, Jackie Chan, Rodney Dangerfield, Snoop Dogg, Tom Green, David Alan Grier, Deborah Harry, Jon Heder, Queen Latifah, Michael McKean, Bob Newhart, Catherine O'Hara, Freddie Prinze, Jr., Tim Robbins, The Rock, Martin Short, and Fred Willard).