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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    + 2,172
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    1977-1980

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  2. 2
    + 2,198
    - 636


    1990-1995

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  3. 3
    + 2,405
    - 726


    1995-2002

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  4. 4
    + 1,857
    - 646


    1975-1979

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  5. 5
    + 1,725
    - 636


    1989-1995

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  6. 6
    + 1,801
    - 642

    the people's #1
    1986-1994

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  7. 7
    + 1,938
    - 602


    1980-1984

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  8. 8
    + 1,817
    - 447


    1975-1979

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  9. 9
    + 1,992
    - 794


    2000-2006

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  10. 10
    + 1,653
    - 577

    most listed
    1986-1993

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  11. 11
    + 1,475
    - 570


    1975-1980

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  12. 12
    + 1,466
    - 923

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    1990-1995

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  13. 13
    + 1,418
    - 758


    1975-1977

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  14. 14
    + 1,665
    - 708


    2005-2012

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  15. 15
    + 1,573
    - 645


    2001-2008

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  16. 16
    + 1,518
    - 831


    1998-2004

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  17. 17
    + 1,163
    - 697


    1993-1998

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  18. 18
    + 1,135
    - 653


    1990-1996

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  19. 19
    + 1,580
    - 529


    2005-2013

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  20. 20
    + 1,103
    - 717


    1990-1993

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  21. 21
    + 955
    - 630


    1985-1990

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  22. 22
    + 1,029
    - 628


    2005-2013

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  23. 23
    + 803
    - 602


    1986-1995

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    + 908
    - 599


    1995-2009

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  25. 25
    + 957
    - 641


    1984-1985

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  26. 26
    + 1,027
    - 512

    ranked low on reranks
    1975-1980

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  27. 27
    + 900
    - 613


    1984-1985

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  28. 28
    + 1,101
    - 582


    2005-2012

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  29. 29
    + 987
    - 537


    1995-2001

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  30. 30
    + 770
    - 572


    1991-2000

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    + 934
    - 580


    2000-2007

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  32. 32
    + 866
    - 618


    1996-2003

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  33. 33
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    - 605


    2002-2013

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  34. 34
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    often listed
    1985-1991

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  35. 35
    + 694
    - 616


    2002-2010

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  36. 36
    + 764
    - 541


    1999-2006

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  37. 37
    + 798
    - 496

    ranked low on reranks
    1995-2000

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  38. 38
    + 721
    - 614


    2003-present

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  39. 39
    + 610
    - 663


    1996-2003

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    + 578
    - 541


    1998-2006

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    + 572
    - 524


    1975-1980

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  42. 42
    + 511
    - 474


    1986-1991

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    + 501
    - 504


    1996-2002

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  44. 44
    + 478
    - 724

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

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  45. 45
    + 414
    - 656

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    1980-1984

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  46. 46
    + 704
    - 313

    ranked low on reranks
    2012-present

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  47. 47
    + 534
    - 400


    1990-1994

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  48. 48
    + 463
    - 422

    ranked low on reranks
    1975-1980

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  49. 49
    + 457
    - 637


    1985-1986

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  50. 50
    + 290
    - 336


    Seinfeld, Saturday Night Live, Veep

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