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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1
163 36
Phil Hartman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
Died at 50 (1948-1998)
1986 - 1994 

2
166 39
Eddie Murphy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 57
1980-1984

3
157 35
Mike Myers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 55
1989 - 1995

4
160 37
Dana Carvey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 63
1986 - 1993

5
105 50
Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 68
1984 - 1985 

6
101 52
Jon Lovitz is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 61
1985 - 1990

7
99 58
Billy Crystal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 70
1984 - 1985

8
87 54
Kevin Nealon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 65
1986 - 1995

9
88 56
Dennis Miller is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 66
1985 - 1991

10
71 47
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
84 62
Jim Belushi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 64
1983 - 1985

12
76 59
Joe Piscopo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 67
1980 - 1984

13
67 64
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 58
1982 - 1985 

14
44 48
Don Novello is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 76
1985 - 1986

15
56 65
Victoria Jackson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 59
1986 - 1992 

16
52 60
Damon Wayans is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 58
1985 - 1986

17
37 44
Mary Gross is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 65
1981 - 1985 

18
40 49
Nora Dunn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 66
1985 - 1990 

19
38 49
Christopher Guest is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 71
1984 - 1985

20
55 75
Al Franken is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 67
1985 - 1995

21
42 58
Joan Cusack is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 56
1985 - 1986 

22
43 67
Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 53
1988 - 1989

23
31 48
Tim Kazurinsky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 68
1981 - 1984 

24
41 65
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 53
1985 - 1986

25
28 47
Harry Shearer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s
age 75
1984 - 1985