List of the best current Saturday Night Live cast members, as ranked by fans and casual critics. SNL has been on for 45 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 veterans Kenan Thompson and Kate McKinnon, as well as newer faces like Melissa Villaseñor 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 2020-21? This list features the entire current cast, including repertory and featured players.
Joined 2012Kathryn McKinnon Berthold (born January 6, 1984) is an American actress, comedian, and musician widely known as a regular cast member on The Big Gay Sketch Show (2007–2010) and Saturday Night Live ...more
Joined 2012Cecily Legler Strong (born February 8, 1984) is an American actress and comedian who has been a cast member of Saturday Night Live since 2012. She was hired for SNL while doing improv at The Second ...more
Joined 2003Kenan Thompson (born May 10, 1978) is an American actor and comedian. He has been a cast member of the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live since 2003, making him the longest-tenured cast ...more
Joined 2012Aidan Mackenzy Bryant (born May 7, 1987) is an American actress and comedian. She is a cast member on the late-night variety series Saturday Night Live (2012–present), beginning in season 38. For her ...more
Joined 2016Michael William Day (born March 20, 1980) is an American actor, comedian and writer. A native of Orange County, California, Day studied theater at the University of California, Los Angeles, and is a ...more
Joined 2017Heidi 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 Cooch ...more
Joined 2014Colin Kelly Jost (, born June 29, 1982) is an American comedian, actor, and writer. He has been a writer for Saturday Night Live since 2005 and "Weekend Update" co-anchor since 2014. He also served ...more
Joined 2016Alex 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 The ...more
Joined 2014Michael Che Campbell (born May 19, 1983) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and writer. He is best known for his work on Saturday Night Live, where he serves as co-anchor on Weekend Update and ...more
Joined 2016Melissa Anne Villaseñor (born October 9, 1987) is an American comedian, actress, impressionist, artist, singer, and musician. She is a cast member on Saturday Night Live, having joined in the 42nd ...more
Joined 2019Bowen Yang (born 1990) is an American writer, comedian, and actor. He joined the writing staff of Saturday Night Live (SNL) in September 2018. He is known for lip-syncing videos on Twitter. In ...more
Joined 2017Christopher Jerell Redd (born March 25, 1985) is an American comedian and actor who has been a cast member of Saturday Night Live since 2017. He won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original ...more
Joined 2018Egobunma Kelechi "Ego" Nwodim (born March 10, 1988) is an American actress and comedian who is a cast member on Saturday Night Live, joining in the 44th season in 2018. Nwodim's addition to the ...more
Joined 2019Chloe Rose Fineman (born July 20, 1988) is an American actress, writer, and comedian. Fineman began her career with The Groundlings improv troupe, and became a featured player on Saturday Night Live ...more
Joined 2013Kyle 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! and ...more
Joined in 2021James Austin Johnson (born July 19, 1989) is an American comedian and actor originally from Nashville, Tennessee. He has garnered attention for his impression of former President Donald Trump, ...more
Joined in 2020Andrew Vincent Dismukes (born June 21, 1995) is an American comedian. He has been a writer on Saturday Night Live since 2017 and a featured player since 2020, beginning with its 46th season.
Joined in 2021Sarah Sherman (born March 7, 1993), also known professionally as Sarah Squirm, is an American comedian, actress, and screenwriter. She is known for surreal and body horror comedy, and became a ...more
Joined in 2021Aristotle Athari (born July 28, 1991) is an American comedian, actor, and filmmaker of Iranian descent. In 2021, Athari joined the cast of Saturday Night Live for its forty-seventh season.
Joined in 2020Jessica Williams (born April 29, 1985), known professionally as Punkie Johnson, is an American comedian, actress, and writer. Johnson was a stand-up comedian at The Comedy Store, and became a ...more