Comedy The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s  

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List Rules Only Saturday Night Live cast members who were active between 2000 and 2009.

Saturday Night Live in the 2000s saw a lot of watershed events. The 2000 presidential election figured heavy in sketches, as did the advent of digital shorts, and the introduction of many memorable new cast members. But the event that most overshadowed the dawn of the era was the September 11th attacks in 2001. Despite many challenges and times when the future of comedy was uncertain, SNL made the aughts a decade of laughter, in thanks to the incredibly funny stand up comedians who came through the show at the turn of the 21st century. But which members of the 2000s SNL cast were the best?

The 2000s saw a lot of revolving casting. Players continued to pop in and out but Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, Fred Armisen, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon, and company did inject SNL with some fresh material and make the show more watchable again. The continual auditioning, the fight for screen time, and the second guessing by writers and producers was still typical, but cast members seemed to almost expect it. With history as a guide, cast members knew the ropes a little bit better than their predecessors and some iconic Saturday Night Live sketches and characters came out of this era.

NBC's Saturday Night Live continues to evolve with each new round of cast members but the smart ones learn how to bob and weave. Who were the funniest SNL cast members in the early 2000s? Get your vote on below and let's rank! 

list ordered by

1
163 39
Bill Hader is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 39 - 2005 - 2013

2
134 41
Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 46 - 2001 - 2008

3
160 44
Will Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 50 - 1995 - 2002

4
147 44
Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 47 - 2000 - 2006

5
142 52
Kristen Wiig is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 44 - 2005 - 2012

6
109 46
Jason Sudeikis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 42 - 2005 - 2013

7
125 47
Andy Samberg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 39 - 2005 - 2012

8
110 47
Maya Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 45 - 2000 - 2007

9
97 52
Fred Armisen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 51 - 2002 - 2013

10
104 37
Kenan Thompson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 39 - 2003 - present

11
93 42
Seth Meyers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 42 - 2001 - 2014 

12
95 64
Jimmy Fallon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 43 - 1998 - 2004

13
78 48
Darrell Hammond is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 62 - 1995 - 2009

14
71 37
Will Forte is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 47 - 2002 - 2010

15
67 42
Chris Parnell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 51 - 2002 - 2006

16
56 40
Ana Gasteyer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 50 - 1996 - 2002

17
61 41
Molly Shannon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 53 - 1995 - 2001 

18
63 35
Rachel Dratch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 52 - 1999 - 2006

19
67 40
Bobby Moynihan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 41 - 2008 - present

20
51 41
Nasim Pedrad is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 36 - 2009 - 2014

21
49 50
Chris Kattan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 45 - 1996 - 2003

22
44 40
Horatio Sanz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 48 - 1998 - 2006

23
16 44
Rob Riggle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 47 - 2004 - 2005

24
20 43
Jenny Slate is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 36 - 2009 - 2010

25
17 40
Casey Wilson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 37 - 2008 - 2009

26
9 41
Michaela Watkins is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 46 - 2008 - 2009

27
7 40
Jeff Richards is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 43 - 2001 - 2004

28
8 47
Finesse Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 45 - 2003 - 2006

29
6 43
Dean Edwards is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 47 - 2001 - 2003

30
4 41
Jerry Minor is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 48 - 2000 - 2001