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List of the funniest women to ever be on Saturday Night Live, as ranked by SNL fans and critics. In the history of SNL there have been very few women in the cast. Although women have notoriously had the toughest time breaking into the comedy world, these inspiring SNL female comedians have proved all the naysayers wrong. They’ve created some of the most memorable characters, written the best sketches, and made millions of people laugh, all while breaking the comedy glass ceiling. SNL’s female alumni have gone on to be the most successful film and television stars in the business.
 

This list answers the question, “Who are the funniest women in the history of SNL?” Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Kristen Wiig have gone on to be critically acclaimed writers and actresses, creating some of the biggest products in pop culture like Bridesmaids, Mean Girls, and Parks and Recreation. Female cast of SNL from earlier seasons like Gilda Radner and Jane Curtin were among the first women to prove that being hilarious wasn’t just a man’s game.
 

All of  the women on this list have proved themselves as comics both on SNL and with their huge careers in the comedy world afterwards. 

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Gilda Radner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Gilda Radner 1975–1980

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Kristen Wiig is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Kristen Wiig 2005–2012

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Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Tina Fey 1997–2006

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Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Amy Poehler 2001–2008

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Molly Shannon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Molly Shannon 1995–2001

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Maya Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Maya Rudolph 2000–2007

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Cheri Oteri is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Cheri Oteri 1995–2000

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Jane Curtin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Jane Curtin 1975–1980

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Rachel Dratch is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Rachel Dratch 1999–2006

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Jan Hooks is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Jan Hooks 1986–1991

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Julia Louis-Dreyfus 1982–1985

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+ - 136 118
Ana Gasteyer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Ana Gasteyer 1996–2002

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Vanessa Bayer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Vanessa Bayer Saturday Night Live

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Laraine Newman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Laraine Newman 1975–1980

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Aidy Bryant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Aidy Bryant Saturday Night Live

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Janeane Garofalo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Janeane Garofalo 1994–1995

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Sarah Silverman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Sarah Silverman 1993–1994

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Nora Dunn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Nora Dunn 1985–1990

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Nasim Pedrad is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Nasim Pedrad Saturday Night Live, Mulaney

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Victoria Jackson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Victoria Jackson 1986–1992

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+ - 86 98
Julia Sweeney is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Julia Sweeney 1990–1994

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Joan Cusack is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Joan Cusack 1985–1986

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+ - 108 35
Cecily Strong is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Cecily Strong Saturday Night Live

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Abby Elliott is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Abby Elliott 2008–2012

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Mary Gross is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Mary Gross 1981–1985

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Jenny Slate is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Jenny Slate 2009–2010

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+ - 39 103
Melanie Hutsell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Melanie Hutsell 1991–1994

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Laurie Metcalf is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

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Christine Ebersole is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Christine Ebersole 1981–1982

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+ - 45 94
Ellen Cleghorne is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Ellen Cleghorne 1991–1995

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+ - 42 104
Nancy Carell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Nancy Carell 1995–1996

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+ - 29 85
Casey Wilson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Casey Wilson 2008–2009

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+ - 18 88
Robin Duke is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Robin Duke 1981–1984

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+ - 14 92
Yvonne Hudson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Yvonne Hudson 1980–1981