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.

Who are the most famous people to graduate from Saturday Night Live? This list answers that question along with who are the best SNL cast members of all time.
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    1977-1980

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    1990-1995

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    1995-2002

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    Phil Hartman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time

    the people's #1
    Phil Hartman 1986-1994

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    John Belushi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time


    John Belushi 1975-1979

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    1989-1995

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    Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time


    Tina Fey 2000-2006

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    Eddie Murphy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time


    Eddie Murphy 1980-1984

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    1986-1993

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    Dan Aykroyd is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time

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    Dan Aykroyd 1975-1979

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    Gilda Radner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time


    Gilda Radner 1975-1980

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    Adam Sandler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time

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    Adam Sandler 1990-1995

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    Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time


    Amy Poehler 2001-2008

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    Kristen Wiig is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time


    Kristen Wiig 2005-2012

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    Chevy Chase is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time


    Chevy Chase 1975-1977

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    1998-2004

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    Bill Hader is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time


    Bill Hader 2005-2013

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    David Spade is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time


    David Spade 1990-1996

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    1993-1998

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    1990-1993

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    Jon Lovitz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time


    Jon Lovitz 1985-1990

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    Billy Crystal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time


    Billy Crystal 1984-1985

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    Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time


    Martin Short 1984-1985

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    Jason Sudeikis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time


    Jason Sudeikis 2005-2013

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    1995-2009

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    1975-1980

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    1986-1995

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    2005-2012

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    1995-2001

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    2000-2007

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    Tim Meadows is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time


    Tim Meadows 1991-2000

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    2002-2013

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    1996-2003

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    Dennis Miller is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time


    Dennis Miller 1985-1991

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    Rachel Dratch is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time


    Rachel Dratch 1999-2006

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    1995-2000

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    Will Forte is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time


    Will Forte 2002-2010

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    2003-present

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    Chris Kattan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time


    Chris Kattan 1996-2003

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    1975-1980

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    Jan Hooks is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time


    Jan Hooks 1986-1991

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    Chris Parnell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time


    Chris Parnell 1998-2006

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    1996-2002

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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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    Rob Schneider is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time


    Rob Schneider 1990-1994

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    1975-1980

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    Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time


    Robert Downey Jr. 1985-1986

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    Kate McKinnon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time

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    Kate McKinnon 2012-present

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    Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time


    Julia Louis-Dreyfus Seinfeld, Saturday Night Live, Veep

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