Kristen Wiig Returns to ‘SNL’ as Host, Ben Affleck Joins 5-Timers Club

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Saturday Night Live is closing out its 38th season in a big, big way. First, on May 4, they’ve got The Hangover Part III star Zach Galifianakis paired with Icelandic folk rockers Of Monsters and Men. But then on May 11, SNL is setting the stage for a reunion anyone with a funny bone wants to see: Kristen Wiig is returning to Studio 8H! The Bridesmaids star and all-around comedy mogul will come full circle from her departure as a cast member by hosting the May 11 installment, with Vampire Weekend performing. 

You know what this means? Expect the returns of Gilly, the Target Lady, and Dooneese! Because SNL hasn’t had nearly enough parodies of The Lawrence Welk Show/plastic baby arms attached to human women lately.

Then, for the finale on May 18, host Ben Affleck will join one of the most exclusive societies in showbiz: the Five Timers Club. For the fifth time he’ll host SNL, though we’re sad that this time he probably won’t pull out his amazing Keith Olbermann impersonation because Keith Olbermann has basically vanished from all media. Kanye West, as the musical guest, will have to provide hotheaded indignation and outrageous bravado instead.

Which of these host/musical guest combos has you most excited?

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