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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    + 1,916
    - 554


    1995-2002

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  3. 3
    + 1,688
    - 497


    1990-1995

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  4. 4
    + 1,417
    - 463

    the people's #1
    1986-1994

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  5. 5
    + 1,465
    - 504


    1975-1979

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  6. 6
    + 1,617
    - 590


    2000-2006

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  7. 7
    + 1,376
    - 478


    1989-1995

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  8. 8
    + 1,552
    - 460


    1980-1984

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  9. 9
    + 1,307
    - 426

    most listed
    1986-1993

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  10. 10
    + 1,395
    - 348


    1975-1979

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  11. 11
    + 1,224
    - 421


    1975-1980

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  12. 12
    + 1,169
    - 720

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    1990-1995

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    - 459


    2001-2008

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    - 529


    2005-2012

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  15. 15
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    1975-1977

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    - 598


    1998-2004

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  17. 17
    + 1,259
    - 400


    2005-2013

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  18. 18
    + 885
    - 503


    1990-1996

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  19. 19
    + 856
    - 538


    1993-1998

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    - 569


    1990-1993

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    + 770
    - 465


    1985-1990

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    1984-1985

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    1984-1985

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    2005-2013

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    + 714
    - 441


    1995-2009

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    - 387


    1975-1980

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  27. 27
    + 604
    - 476

    often listed
    1986-1995

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  28. 28
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    - 438


    2005-2012

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    - 406


    1995-2001

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  30. 30
    + 775
    - 417


    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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  36. 36
    + 533
    - 476


    2002-2010

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    + 641
    - 368

    ranked low on reranks
    1995-2000

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  38. 38
    + 570
    - 453


    2003-present

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  39. 39
    + 482
    - 502


    1996-2003

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  40. 40
    + 449
    - 395


    1975-1980

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    - 337


    1986-1991

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    - 376


    1996-2002

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    - 430


    1998-2006

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    - 497

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    1980-1984

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    - 559

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

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    - 204

    ranked low on reranks
    2012-present

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  47. 47
    + 370
    - 290

    ranked low on reranks
    1990-1994

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  48. 48
    + 376
    - 474


    1985-1986

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  49. 49
    + 336
    - 300


    1975-1980

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  50. 50
    + 197
    - 207


    Seinfeld, Saturday Night Live, Veep

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