The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni

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List Criteria: Any famous former SNL cast member

This list of the most successful Saturday Night Live alumni in the show’s history, has been ranked by SNL fans. In the 40+ seasons SNL has been on the air, there have been hundreds of cast members, each comedian bringing laughter into the homes of millions for multiple generations. Every few years cast members leave to pursue their acting, stand-up comedy, producing, and writing careers,making way for new cast members to become the new faces of sketch comedy. Many of the alumni of Saturday Night Live went on to be some of the most famous actors in the business, in movies, television, and theater.

Many comedic actors who are most known for their movies that make hundreds of millions of dollars got their start on SNL, such as Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, and Eddie Murphy. Other former SNL cast mates went on to create and/or star in some of the most successful television shows, such as Tina Fey’s 30 Rock and Amy Poehler’s Parks and Recreation. Jimmy Fallon is currently a late night host, while Al Franken went on to become a politician.

Which SNL cast members went on to have amazingly successful careers? Whose career simply faded away? Which are the most successful SNL alumni? Of the SNL full cast, there has been a wide range of success. This least features the Saturday Night Live alumni with the most success under their belts.

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    Iron Chef America, SCTV Network 90, Banzai

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    Saturday Night Live, Shrek the Halls, The PJs

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    Saturday Night Live, Eastbound & Down, Tim and Eric Awesome Show

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    The Tracey Ullman Show, Biography, Leo & Liz in Beverly Hills

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    30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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    30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

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    Ally McBeal, The Twilight Zone, Mussolini: The Untold Story

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    Saturday Night Live, The Real Ghostbusters, Psi Factor: Chronicles of the ...

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    Saturday Night Live, Rules of Engagement, Remote Control

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    Saturday Night Live, Bizarre, King of Kensington

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    In Living Color, Everybody Hates Chris, The Chris Rock Show

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    Community, Saturday Night Live, The Chevy Chase Show

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    Saturday Night Live, Soap, The Critic

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    Saturday Night Live, Bored to Death, The Looney Tunes Show

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    Mr. Show with Bob and David, The Ben Stiller Show, Wish Kids

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    Parks and Recreation, Saturday Night Live, Broad City

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    Seinfeld, Saturday Night Live, Veep

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    Saturday Night Live, The Richard Pryor Show

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    Saturday Night Live, The Dana Carvey Show, Blue Thunder

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    Damages, Merlin, SCTV Channel

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    Saturday Night Live, Beavis and Butt-head, Rules of Engagement

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    The Simpsons, Saturday Night Live, The Jetsons

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    Saturday Night Live, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Freaknik: The Musical

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    Saturday Night Live, Dr. Zonk and the Zunkins, Music for UNICEF Concert ...

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    Hey Arnold!, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy ...

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    Men Behaving Badly, Rob, Jancis Robinson's Wine Course

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    Up All Night, TV Funhouse, City of Angels

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    Saturday Night Live, The Cleveland Show, Eastbound & Down

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    NewsRadio, The Critic, Foley Square

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    Bob's Burgers, Mr. Show with Bob and David, Greg the Bunny

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    30 Rock, The Tracy Morgan Show, Where My Dogs At?

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    South Park, Saturday Night Live, The Mindy Project

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    Shameless, Max & Ruby, Wayside

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    Saturday Night Live, In Living Color, My Wife and Kids

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    Monday Night Football, Dennis Miller Live, Dennis Miller Live

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    Saturday Night Live, Web Therapy, Cracking Up

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    Saturday Night Live, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Unforgettable

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    The Norm Show, Celebrity Jeopardy!, A Minute with Stan Hooper

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    Cyberchase, Hollywood Squares, Disney's House of Mouse

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    Saturday Night Live, Portlandia, The Looney Tunes Show

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    Saturday Night Live, Weeds, Crank Yankers

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    Marry Me, Glory Daze, The Michael Richards Show

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    24, The Larry Sanders Show, Mr. Show with Bob and David

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    Get a Life, Late Night with David Letterman, The Naked Truth

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    Saturday Night Live, Kenan & Kel, All That

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    2 Broke Girls, Martin, Hunter

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    Saturday Night Live, Politically Incorrect, LateLine

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    Saturday Night Live, The Cleveland Show, Gravity Falls

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