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The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s 

Lisa Waugh
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Ah, the legendary '80s of Saturday Night Live. Lorne Michaels left in 1980 and took a chunk of the cast and writers with him. Suffice it to say, things got weird. The show had skyrocketed in the ratings and the cast were now big time stars. Michaels needed a break and the network didn’t like his subs, Al Franken, Tom Davis, and Tom Downey so they decided to meddle. Despite all the drama, there were some truly great SNL cast members in the 1980s, but which memorable members of the '80s Saturday Night Live  cast were the best?

Michaels's replacement, associate producer Jean Doumanian, tried to fix things. She sought talented people on a smaller budget and had just a few months to get the task done but it seemed as though she was set up to fail. Sure, the '80s saw SNL cast standouts with the introduction of Eddie Murphy, Phil Hartman, Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Jan Hooks, Jon Lovitz, and Nora Dunn. But then there were the low moments… Robert Downey Jr., Anthony Michael Hall, and the f-bomb from Charles Rocket that took down Doumanian’s job at SNL along with his tenure on the show.

Dick Ebersol was brought in to stem the bleeding and save the show. He managed to attract some star talent with the addition of Billy Crystal and Martin Short, but Saturday Night Live was a rollercoaster ride of the good, the bad, and the not funny during this era. Saturday Night Live definitely strayed from the original concept that Michaels had launched, but it did have its moments. It wasn’t really until the return of Michaels in 1985 that things began to slowly turn around. SNL has, and will always have, a reputation as a strange island unto itself.


So how would you rank the rambling cast of the eighties? Let 'er rip! And BTW, you look mahvelous!

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Eddie Murphy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Age 57 from New York City, USA, New York
1980-1984
2
Dana Carvey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Age 63 from USA, Montana, Missoula
1986 - 1993
3
Phil Hartman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Dec. at 50 (1948-1998) from Brantford, Canada
1986 - 1994 
4
Mike Myers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Age 55 from Toronto, Canada
1989 - 1995
5
Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Age 68 from Hamilton, Canada
1984 - 1985 
6
Billy Crystal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Age 70 from Upper East Side, New York City, New York, United States of America
1984 - 1985
7
Jon Lovitz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Age 61 from Los Angeles, USA, California
1985 - 1990
8
Kevin Nealon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Age 65 from USA, St. Louis, Missouri
1986 - 1995
9
Dennis Miller is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Age 66 from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1985 - 1991
10
Jan Hooks is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Dec. at 57 (1957-2014) from Georgia, USA, Decatur
1986 - 1991
11
Jim Belushi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Age 64 from USA, Chicago, Illinois
1983 - 1985
12
Joe Piscopo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Age 64 from Passaic, USA, New Jersey
1980 - 1984
13
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Age 58 from New York City, New York, United States of America
1982 - 1985 
14
Victoria Jackson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Age 59 from USA, Florida, Miami
1986 - 1992 
15
Don Novello is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Age 76 from Ashtabula, USA, Ohio
1985 - 1986
16
Damon Wayans is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Age 58 from New York City, USA, New York
1985 - 1986
17
Nora Dunn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Age 66 from Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
1985 - 1990 
18
Al Franken is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Age 67 from New York City, New York, United States of America
1985 - 1995
19
Mary Gross is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Mary Gross Age 65 from USA, Chicago, Illinois
1981 - 1985 
20
Christopher Guest is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Age 71 from New York City, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Continental United States
1984 - 1985
21
Joan Cusack is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Age 56 from New York City, USA, New York
1985 - 1986 
22
Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Age 53 from New York City, New York, United States of America
1988 - 1989
23
Tim Kazurinsky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Age 68 from USA, Johnstown, Pennsylvania
1981 - 1984 
24
Harry Shearer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Age 75 from Los Angeles, USA, California
1984 - 1985
25
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Age 53 from Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
1985 - 1986