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List Rules Actors on the current season of Saturday Night Live

List of the best current Saturday Night Live cast members, as ranked by fans and casual critics. SNL has been on for 42 glorious seasons. The show has been known for scooping up the most talented improv and comedy actors on the underground circuit and turning them into comedy superstars. In 2012, many of the SNL cast members who were carrying the weight of the show for years - including Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis, and Fred Armisen - left the cast and left plenty of room for newcomers to shine. The current cast of SNL is filled with newcomers who have yet to make a big name for themselves in sketch comedy. The present season has allowed these lesser known cast members to properly sparkle. 

This list features long time cast members like Bobby Moynihan and long-time sketch comedy veteran Kenan Thompson, as well as newer faces like Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon who prove themselves on a weekly basis. Not only is individual comedy prowess important, illustrating an ability to work as a comedy team puts some of these cast members among the best of the best. The SNL current cast is versatile and can do it all. 

Who are the best SNL cast members still on the show in 2017-18? This list features the entire current cast, including repertory and featured players.

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Kate McKinnon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current SNL Cast Members

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Kate McKinnon Berthold, commonly known as Kate McKinnon, is an American actress, voice actress, and comedian. She is best known for her sketch comedy work as a cast member on Saturday Night Live ...more

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Cecily Strong is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current SNL Cast Members

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Cecily Strong is an American actress, voice actress, and comedian. She is a cast member of Saturday Night Live, joining the show in 2012.

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Kenan Thompson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current SNL Cast Members

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Kenan Thompson is an American actor and comedian. He is known for his work as a cast member of NBC's Saturday Night Live. In his teenage years, he was an original cast member of Nickelodeon's ...more

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Aidy Bryant is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current SNL Cast Members

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Aidy Bryant is an American actress and comedian, best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, beginning in season 38.

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Beck Bennett is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current SNL Cast Members

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Beck Bennett is an American actor, writer, and comedian known for the AT&T "It's Not Complicated" commercials where he interviews kids and his sketch videos with the comedy group ...more

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Pete Davidson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current SNL Cast Members

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Peter Davidson (born November 16, 1993) is an American actor and comedian. He is a cast member on Saturday Night Live. Davidson has also appeared on the MTV shows Guy Code, Wild 'n Out, and ...more

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Leslie Jones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current SNL Cast Members

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Annette Jones (born September 7, 1967), better known as Leslie Jones, is an American comedian and actress who is a cast member and writer on Saturday Night Live. Jones has been a featured ...more

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Colin Jost is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current SNL Cast Members

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Colin Kelly Jost (born June 29, 1982) is an American comedian, actor, and screenwriter. He is known for his work on Saturday Night Live, where he has served as a writer since 2005 and ...more

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Michael Che is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current SNL Cast Members

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Michael Che (born Michael Che Campbell; May 19, 1983) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and writer best known for his work on Saturday Night Live, where he serves as co-anchor on Weekend ...more

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Mikey Day is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current SNL Cast Members

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Michael William "Mikey" Day is an American actor, comedian, writer, director, and improvisational performer.

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Kyle Mooney is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current SNL Cast Members

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Kyle James Kozub Mooney is an American actor, comedian, writer, and co-founder of the sketch comedy group Good Neighbor. His man-on-the-street interviews have been featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live! ...more

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Alex Moffat is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current SNL Cast Members

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Alex Moffat (born March 25, 1982) is an American actor, comedian, and cast member on Saturday Night Live. Moffat started his comedy career as a Chicago-based improviser and featured performer at ...more

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Melissa Villasenor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current SNL Cast Members
Melissa Villaseñor

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Melissa Villasenor is a stand up comedian and voice impressionist. She grew up in Los Angeles and started stand up at 15 at Comedy Camp. She is a regular at the Comedy Store, the Improv comedy ...more

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Heidi Gardner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current SNL Cast Members

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Heidi Lynn Gardner (born July 27, 1983) is an American actress, comedian, and voice actress, who currently works as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. She also voices the anthropomorphic cat ...more

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Chris Redd is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current SNL Cast Members

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Christopher Jerell Redd is an American actor and stand-up comedian currently in the cast of Saturday Night Live. Redd attended Gregory Middle School and Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, ...more

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Ego Nwodim is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current SNL Cast Members

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Ego Nwodim is an American comedian and actress. Nwodim was added to the cast of Saturday Night Live in September 2018. She's also known for her small roles in Singularity (2017), Galactic War ...more