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! 

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

2
110 36
Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Amy Poehler age 46 - 2001 - 2008

3
128 37
Will Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Will Ferrell age 50 - 1995 - 2002

4
121 39
Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Tina Fey age 47 - 2000 - 2006

5
117 43
Kristen Wiig is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Kristen Wiig age 44 - 2005 - 2012

6
90 38
Jason Sudeikis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Jason Sudeikis age 42 - 2005 - 2013

7
97 40
Maya Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Maya Rudolph age 45 - 2000 - 2007

8
105 39
Andy Samberg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Andy Samberg age 39 - 2005 - 2012

9
82 42
Fred Armisen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Fred Armisen age 51 - 2002 - 2013

10
84 49
Jimmy Fallon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Jimmy Fallon age 43 - 1998 - 2004

11
84 30
Kenan Thompson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Kenan Thompson age 39 - 2003 - present

12
71 38
Darrell Hammond is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Darrell Hammond age 62 - 1995 - 2009

13
77 35
Seth Meyers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Seth Meyers age 44 - 2001 - 2014 

14
62 32
Will Forte is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Will Forte age 47 - 2002 - 2010

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60 35
Chris Parnell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Chris Parnell age 51 - 2002 - 2006

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49 33
Ana Gasteyer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Ana Gasteyer age 50 - 1996 - 2002

17
55 27
Rachel Dratch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Rachel Dratch age 52 - 1999 - 2006

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54 36
Molly Shannon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Molly Shannon age 53 - 1995 - 2001 

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55 34
Bobby Moynihan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Bobby Moynihan age 41 - 2008 - present

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41 35
Nasim Pedrad is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Nasim Pedrad age 36 - 2009 - 2014

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42 44
Chris Kattan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Chris Kattan age 47 - 1996 - 2003

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39 35
Horatio Sanz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Horatio Sanz age 48 - 1998 - 2006

23
14 36
Rob Riggle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Rob Riggle age 47 - 2004 - 2005

24
13 34
Casey Wilson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Casey Wilson age 37 - 2008 - 2009

25
14 37
Jenny Slate is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Jenny Slate age 36 - 2009 - 2010

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8 34
Michaela Watkins is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Michaela Watkins age 46 - 2008 - 2009

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6 34
Jeff Richards is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Jeff Richards age 43 - 2001 - 2004

28
7 42
Finesse Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Finesse Mitchell age 45 - 2003 - 2006

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5 38
Dean Edwards is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Dean Edwards age 47 - 2001 - 2003

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3 36
Jerry Minor is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
Jerry Minor age 48 - 2000 - 2001