80s 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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154 34
Phil Hartman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Dec. at 50 (1948-1998) - 1986 - 1994 

2
152 35
Dana Carvey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 62 - 1986 - 1993

3
149 34
Mike Myers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 54 - 1989 - 1995

4
157 39
Eddie Murphy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 57 - 1980-1984

5
99 50
Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 68 - 1984 - 1985 

6
95 51
Jon Lovitz is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 60 - 1985 - 1990

7
93 55
Billy Crystal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 70 - 1984 - 1985

8
84 52
Kevin Nealon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 64 - 1986 - 1995

9
82 55
Dennis Miller is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 65 - 1985 - 1991

10
68 45
Jan Hooks is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Dec. at 57 (1957-2014) - 1986 - 1991

11
78 61
Jim Belushi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 63 - 1983 - 1985

12
72 56
Joe Piscopo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 66 - 1980 - 1984

13
65 61
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 54 - 1982 - 1985 

14
51 57
Damon Wayans is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 57 - 1985 - 1986

15
42 47
Don Novello is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 75 - 1985 - 1986

16
53 63
Victoria Jackson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 58 - 1986 - 1992 

17
35 42
Mary Gross is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 65 - 1981 - 1985 

18
54 70
Al Franken is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 64 - 1985 - 1995

19
38 48
Nora Dunn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 65 - 1985 - 1990 

20
37 47
Christopher Guest is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 67 - 1984 - 1985

21
40 57
Joan Cusack is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 55 - 1985 - 1986 

22
29 46
Tim Kazurinsky is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 68 - 1981 - 1984 

23
38 62
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 52 - 1985 - 1986

24
27 45
Harry Shearer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 72 - 1984 - 1985

25
37 67
Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 52 - 1988 - 1989

26
22 41
Rich Hall is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 63 - 1984 - 1985

27
29 55
Anthony Michael Hall is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 47 - 1980 - 1981

28
26 50
Randy Quaid is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 67 - 1985 - 1986

29
27 56
Gilbert Gottfried is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 63 - 1980 - 1981

30
18 40
Terry Sweeney is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 68 - 1985 - 1986

31
20 45
Laurie Metcalf is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 60 - 1980 - 1981

32
16 39
Charles Rocket is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Dec. at 56 (1949-2005) - 1980 - 1981

33
17 41
Christine Ebersole is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 65 - 1981 - 1982

34
19 48
A. Whitney Brown is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 65 - 1986 - 1991

35
16 43
Brad Hall is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 60 - 1982 - 1984

36
13 39
Gary Kroeger is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 60 - 1982 - 1985

37
14 42
Robin Duke is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 64 - 1980 - 1984

38
14 42
Danitra Vance is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Dec. at 40 (1954-1994) - 1985 - 1986

39
13 41
Pamela Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 66 - 1984 - 1985 

40
10 44
Tony Rosato is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 63 - 1980 - 1982

41
8 39
Matthew Laurance is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 68 - 1980 - 1981

42
9 43
Denny Dillon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 66 - 1980 - 1981

43
8 40
Patrick Weathers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 64 - 1980 - 1981

44
7 40
Gail Matthius is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 65 - 1980 - 1981 

45
7 41
Dan Vitale is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
1985 - 1986

46
6 37
Ann Risley is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 68 - 1981 - 1981

47
6 37
Emily Prager is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
1980 - 1981

48
6 40
Yvonne Hudson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 63 - 1980 - 1981