The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time

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List Criteria: Saturday Night Live cast members only. No hosts.

A list of the best Saturday Night Live cast members from the show's 40 seasons. The sketch comedy show has long been a favorite of viewers, and SNL remains one of the best vehicles of all time for up-and-coming comedic talent. Stand-up comedians, impressionists, and actor graduates of improv comedy groups like Second City and Upright Citizens Brigade make up the bulk of SNL cast lists. In turn, the show has developed and produced some of the greatest funnymen (and women) in entertainment. So who are the best SNL cast members of all time?

In the early years, the SNL casts were touted as the "Not Ready for Prime-Time Players," part of a late night cast with material too risque for general audiences. As the show and the cast members matured, stars broke out to become some of the most successful film and TV actors in the business. Famous SNL alumni include established stars ranging from John Belushi to Chris Rock to Amy Poehler.

This is a list of the funnest SNL cast members ranked by the wisdom of the crowd. Anyone can contribute to this list, which makes these rankings an accurate, real-time reflection of the crowd's collective opinion. Vote for your favorites to move them to the top of the list, or press re-rank to create your own list of the funniest people in Saturday Night Live history.

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    1977-1980

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    1990-1995

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  3. 3
    + 1,771
    - 511


    1995-2002

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    the people's #1
    1986-1994

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    1975-1979

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    1989-1995

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    1980-1984

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    2000-2006

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    most listed
    1986-1993

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    ranked low on reranks
    1975-1979

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    1975-1980

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    1990-1995

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    2001-2008

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    2005-2012

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    1975-1977

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    1998-2004

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    2005-2013

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    1990-1996

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    1993-1998

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    1990-1993

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    2005-2013

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    1984-1985

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    1995-2009

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    1975-1980

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    often listed
    1986-1995

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    2005-2012

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    1995-2001

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    2000-2007

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    1991-2000

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    2002-2013

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    1996-2003

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    1985-1991

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    1999-2006

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    1995-2000

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    2002-2010

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    - 415


    2003-present

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    1996-2003

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    - 358


    1975-1980

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    1986-1991

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    1996-2002

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    1998-2006

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    1980-1984

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    1975-1980; 1985-1995

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    1990-1994

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    1975-1980

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    + 348
    - 428


    1985-1986

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    - 179

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    2012-present

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  50. 50
    + 161
    - 169


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