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The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time 

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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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list ordered by
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Will Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
1995-2002
2
Eddie Murphy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
1980-1984
3
Dan Aykroyd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
1975-1979
4
Chris Farley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
1990-1995
5
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
1977-1980
6
Phil Hartman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
1986-1994
7
Bill Hader is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
2005-2013
8
Dana Carvey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
1986-1993
9
John Belushi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
1975-1979
10
Mike Myers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
1989-1995
11
Gilda Radner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
1975-1980
12
Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
2000-2006
13
Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
2001-2008
14
Kristen Wiig is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
2005-2012
15
Adam Sandler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
1990-1995
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Kate McKinnon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
Charley Feldman added 2012-present
17
Chris Rock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
1990-1993
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David Spade is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
1990-1996
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Andy Samberg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
2005-2012
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Jane Curtin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
1975-1980
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Molly Shannon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
1995-2001
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Chevy Chase is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
1975-1977
23
Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
1984-1985
24
Maya Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
2000-2007
25
Norm Macdonald is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
1993-1998