What Makes a Good 'SNL' Host?

It's not quite as coveted as winning an Oscar or an Emmy, but being picked to host Saturday Night Live is a pretty nice pat on the back. And as of this month, two more stars will be able to add that credential to their resumes. Mad Men actress January Jones and (500) Days of Summer star Joseph Gordon-Levitt are both set to put their comedic talents to the test.

But not every host makes SNL magic. So do January and Joseph have what it takes? Let's analyze, shall we?

Betty Draper, January Jones' Mad Men character, has grown exponentially more nuanced as the show has progressed through its three seasons (the season finale is this Sunday). Jones has also received a Golden Globe nomination for her work on the series, but ended up losing to True Blood's Anna Paquin. Clearly Ms. Jones is no slouch in the dramatic chops department, but the jury is out on whether she'll shine in the comedy spotlight.

But that's not to say she won't surprise us with her skills. January's TV hubby, Jon Hamm, got rave reviews for his SNL hosting work last season -- and you can count on one hand the number of times Don Draper, his Mad Men character, has cracked a smile. If stoic Don has it in him, maybe Betty does, too.

As for Joseph Gordon-Levitt, some might say he's a newcomer with a capital "N." But 29-year-old Levitt is no stranger to showbiz -- or comedy for that matter. At age 11 he appeared in the Academy Award-nominated A River Runs Through It and went on to have roles in 3rd Rock from The Sun and the teen hit 10 Things I Hate About You (which also starred future Oscar-winner Heath Ledger). Plus, he showed off a quick, ironic wit in (500) Days of Summer.

We won't have long to speculate about their SNL debuts. January will host on November 14th with musical guests Black Eyed Peas, and Joseph will take his turn on November 21st with Dave Matthews Band.

Who do you think should be the next host of Saturday Night Live? Chime in below!

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