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The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s 

Lisa Waugh
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Updated March 12, 2019 4.9k votes 624 voters 9.6k views 30 items

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! 

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Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Age 47 from USA, Massachusetts, Newton
2001 - 2008
2
Bill Hader is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Age 40 from USA, Oklahoma, Tulsa
2005 - 2013
3
Kristen Wiig is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Age 45 from Canandaigua, New York, United States of America
2005 - 2012
4
Will Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Age 51 from Irvine, California, United States of America
1995 - 2002
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Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Age 48 from Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States of America
2000 - 2006
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Maya Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Age 46 from USA, Florida, Gainesville
2000 - 2007
7
Andy Samberg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Age 40 from Berkeley, California, United States of America
2005 - 2012
8
Jason Sudeikis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Age 43 from USA, Virginia
2005 - 2013
9
Kenan Thompson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Age 40 from Georgia, USA, Atlanta
2003 - present
10
Fred Armisen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Age 52 from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States of America
2002 - 2013
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Jimmy Fallon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Age 44 from New York City, New York, United States of America
1998 - 2004
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Seth Meyers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Age 45 from Evanston, Illinois, United States of America
2001 - 2014 
13
Will Forte is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Age 48 from USA, California
2002 - 2010
14
Darrell Hammond is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Age 63 from Melbourne, USA, Florida
1995 - 2009
15
Rachel Dratch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Age 53 from Lexington, Massachusetts, United States of America
1999 - 2006
16
Chris Parnell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Age 52 from Tennessee, USA, Memphis
2002 - 2006
17
Molly Shannon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Age 54 from Shaker Heights, Ohio, USA
1995 - 2001 
18
Ana Gasteyer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Age 51 from Washington, D.C., USA
1996 - 2002
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Nasim Pedrad is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Age 37 from Tehran, Iran
2009 - 2014
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Bobby Moynihan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Age 42 from Eastchester, New York, USA
2008 - present
21
Chris Kattan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Age 48 from Los Angeles, USA, California, Sherman Oaks
1996 - 2003
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Rob Riggle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Age 48 from Louisville, Kentucky, USA
2004 - 2005
23
Horatio Sanz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Age 49 from Santiago, Chile
1998 - 2006
24
Jenny Slate is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Age 36 from Milton, Massachusetts, United States of America
2009 - 2010
25
Michaela Watkins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Age 47 from USA, New York, Syracuse
2008 - 2009