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The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s  

Lisa Waugh
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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
Bill Hader is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 40
2005 - 2013
2
Kristen Wiig is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 45
2005 - 2012
3
Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 48
2000 - 2006
4
Will Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 51
1995 - 2002
5
Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 47
2001 - 2008
6
Andy Samberg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 40
2005 - 2012
7
Maya Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 46
2000 - 2007
8
Jason Sudeikis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 43
2005 - 2013
9
Fred Armisen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 52
2002 - 2013
10
Kenan Thompson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 37
2003 - present
11
Seth Meyers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 45
2001 - 2014 
12
Jimmy Fallon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 44
1998 - 2004
13
Darrell Hammond is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 63
1995 - 2009
14
Will Forte is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 48
2002 - 2010
15
Chris Parnell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 52
2002 - 2006
16
Rachel Dratch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 53
1999 - 2006
17
Molly Shannon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 54
1995 - 2001 
18
Ana Gasteyer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 51
1996 - 2002
19
Bobby Moynihan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 42
2008 - present
20
Nasim Pedrad is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 37
2009 - 2014
21
Chris Kattan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 48
1996 - 2003
22
Horatio Sanz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 46
1998 - 2006
23
Rob Riggle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 48
2004 - 2005
24
Jenny Slate is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 36
2009 - 2010
25
Michaela Watkins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '00s
age 47
2008 - 2009