NBC confirmed this week that Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt will kick off Saturday Night Live’s 40th season as the series’ host. Rumors have been swirling about other potential hosts for the upcoming season, including a report that Bill Murray could make his return to Studio 8H for the first time in 15 years. Murray joined the SNL cast in 1977, lasting three seasons, and he’s a member of the show’s Five-Timers Club (having hosted a handful of episodes). Until the rumor is proven true or false, we’ll be wringing our hands in anticipation of a Murray/SNL reunion. Here are ten of Murray’s greatest moments on the series to tide us all over until then.
Before Murray performed his karaoke scene in Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation, he was Nick the Lounge Singer crooning for SNL’s audience. Nick’s schmaltzy style and hilarious surnames (they changed to fit every sketch) were a highlight of the character. David Letterman bandleader Paul Shaffer usually accompanied him on piano. The best Nick the Lounge Singer performance is his rendition of the Star Wars theme song, which you can watch over here. It’s pretty special.