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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

1
5,320 2,035
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
1977-1980

2
6,145 2,169
Chris Farley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
1990-1995

3
4,593 1,880
John Belushi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
1975-1979

4
4,802 1,684
Eddie Murphy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
1980-1984

5
6,074 1,964
Will Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
1995-2002

6
4,103 1,543
Dana Carvey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
1986-1993

7
4,288 1,712
Mike Myers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
1989-1995

8
4,382 1,638
Phil Hartman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
1986-1994

9
4,594 1,239
Dan Aykroyd is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
1975-1979

10
4,765 2,002
Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
2000-2006

11
3,612 1,364
Gilda Radner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
1975-1980

12
3,866 2,260
Adam Sandler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
1990-1995

13
3,958 1,833
Kristen Wiig is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
2005-2012

14
3,778 1,671
Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
2001-2008

15
3,356 2,083
Chevy Chase is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
1975-1977

16
3,062 1,696
David Spade is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
1990-1996

17
2,753 1,669
Chris Rock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
1990-1993

18
2,942 1,831
Norm Macdonald is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
1993-1998

19
3,918 1,370
Bill Hader is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
2005-2013

20
3,304 2,261
Jimmy Fallon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
1998-2004

21
2,354 1,612
Jon Lovitz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
1985-1990

22
2,481 1,200
Jane Curtin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
1975-1980

23
2,332 1,555
Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
1984-1985

24
1,922 1,477
Kevin Nealon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
1986-1995

25
2,146 1,473
Billy Crystal is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time
1984-1985