tv programs The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s

Lisa Waugh
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Ah, the legendary '80s of Saturday Night Live. Lorne Michaels left in 1980 and took a chunk of the cast and writers with him. Suffice it to say, things got weird. The show had skyrocketed in the ratings and the cast were now big time stars. Michaels needed a break and the network didn’t like his subs, Al Franken, Tom Davis, and Tom Downey so they decided to meddle. Despite all the drama, there were some truly great SNL cast members in the 1980s, but which memorable members of the '80s Saturday Night Live  cast were the best?

Michaels's replacement, associate producer Jean Doumanian, tried to fix things. She sought talented people on a smaller budget and had just a few months to get the task done but it seemed as though she was set up to fail. Sure, the '80s saw SNL cast standouts with the introduction of Eddie Murphy, Phil Hartman, Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Jan Hooks, Jon Lovitz, and Nora Dunn. But then there were the low moments… Robert Downey Jr., Anthony Michael Hall, and the f-bomb from Charles Rocket that took down Doumanian’s job at SNL along with his tenure on the show.

Dick Ebersol was brought in to stem the bleeding and save the show. He managed to attract some star talent with the addition of Billy Crystal and Martin Short, but Saturday Night Live was a rollercoaster ride of the good, the bad, and the not funny during this era. Saturday Night Live definitely strayed from the original concept that Michaels had launched, but it did have its moments. It wasn’t really until the return of Michaels in 1985 that things began to slowly turn around. SNL has, and will always have, a reputation as a strange island unto itself.


So how would you rank the rambling cast of the eighties? Let 'er rip! And BTW, you look mahvelous!

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Eddie Murphy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Eddie Murphy age 54 - 1980-1984

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Phil Hartman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Phil Hartman Died at 50 (1948-1998) - 1986 - 1994 

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Dana Carvey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Dana Carvey age 60 - 1986 - 1993

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Mike Myers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Mike Myers age 52 - 1989 - 1995

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Jon Lovitz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Jon Lovitz age 58 - 1985 - 1990

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Billy Crystal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Billy Crystal age 67 - 1984 - 1985

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Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Martin Short age 65 - 1984 - 1985 

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Kevin Nealon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Kevin Nealon age 62 - 1986 - 1995

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Dennis Miller is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Dennis Miller age 62 - 1985 - 1991

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Jim Belushi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Jim Belushi age 61 - 1983 - 1985

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Joe Piscopo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Joe Piscopo age 64 - 1980 - 1984

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Jan Hooks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Jan Hooks Died at 57 (1957-2014) - 1986 - 1991

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Julia Louis-Dreyfus age 54 - 1982 - 1985 

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Victoria Jackson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Victoria Jackson age 56 - 1986 - 1992 

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Damon Wayans is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Damon Wayans age 55 - 1985 - 1986

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Al Franken is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Al Franken age 64 - 1985 - 1995

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Don Novello is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Don Novello age 72 - 1985 - 1986

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Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Ben Stiller age 50 - 1988 - 1989

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Nora Dunn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Nora Dunn age 63 - 1985 - 1990 

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Christopher Guest is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Christopher Guest age 67 - 1984 - 1985

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Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Robert Downey Jr. age 50 - 1985 - 1986

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Joan Cusack is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Joan Cusack age 53 - 1985 - 1986 

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Mary Gross is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Mary Gross age 62 - 1981 - 1985 

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Harry Shearer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Harry Shearer age 72 - 1984 - 1985

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Anthony Michael Hall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Anthony Michael Hall age 47 - 1980 - 1981

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Tim Kazurinsky is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Tim Kazurinsky age 65 - 1981 - 1984 

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Rich Hall is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Rich Hall age 61 - 1984 - 1985

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Randy Quaid is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Randy Quaid age 65 - 1985 - 1986

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Laurie Metcalf is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Laurie Metcalf age 60 - 1980 - 1981

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Gilbert Gottfried is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Gilbert Gottfried age 60 - 1980 - 1981

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A. Whitney Brown is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
A. Whitney Brown age 63 - 1986 - 1991

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Christine Ebersole is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Christine Ebersole age 62 - 1981 - 1982

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Terry Sweeney is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Terry Sweeney age 65 - 1985 - 1986

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Robin Duke is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Robin Duke age 61 - 1980 - 1984

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Danitra Vance is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Danitra Vance Died at 40 (1954-1994) - 1985 - 1986

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Pamela Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Pamela Stephenson age 66 - 1984 - 1985 

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Brad Hall is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Brad Hall age 57 - 1982 - 1984

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Gary Kroeger is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Gary Kroeger age 58 - 1982 - 1985

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Charles Rocket is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Charles Rocket Died at 56 (1949-2005) - 1980 - 1981

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Dan Vitale is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Dan Vitale 1985 - 1986

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Matthew Laurance is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Matthew Laurance age 65 - 1980 - 1981

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Ann Risley is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Ann Risley age 66 - 1981 - 1981

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Emily Prager is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Emily Prager 1980 - 1981

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Denny Dillon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Denny Dillon age 64 - 1980 - 1981

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Tony Rosato is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Tony Rosato age 61 - 1980 - 1982

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Yvonne Hudson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Yvonne Hudson age 61 - 1980 - 1981

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Patrick Weathers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Patrick Weathers age 61 - 1980 - 1981

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Gail Matthius is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Gail Matthius age 62 - 1980 - 1981