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Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni 

Xavier Freeman
Updated June 14, 2019 15.1k views 88 items

List Rules Notable members of The Groundlings improv and sketch comedy troupe

List of Famous Groundlings Members ranked by fame and popularity. The Groundlings are a famous improv and sketch comedy group based in Los Angeles. The Groundlings School has been the training ground for some of the funniest people in Hollywood. After completing the advanced school level, participants may join the Sunday company. If a comedian is successful in the Sunday spot, they will be asked to join Groundlings main company.

Who is the most famous Groundlings alumni? Funnyman Will Ferrell tops our list. Before making his way to “Saturday Night Live,” Ferrell performed with Groundlings in 1995, along with Jennifer Coolidge, Chris Katan and Cheri Oteri. Other “SNL” vets that got their start at Groundlings include Kristen Wiig, Jon Lovitz, Phil Hartman, Chris Parnell, Maya Rudolph and Taran Killam.

In 1981, Groundlings debuted their first alternative show, Paul Reubens' “Pee Wee Herman Show.” The show played at midnight and featured Reubens, Phil Hartman and John Moody. The show quickly became a huge hit prompting HBO to make it the focus of a comedy special, which somehow led to the popular kids program “Pee Wee's Playhouse.”

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Will Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Age 51 from Irvine, California, United States of America
Kathy Griffin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Age 58 from USA, Chicago, Illinois
Conan O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Age 55 from Brookline, Massachusetts, United States of America
Kristen Wiig is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Age 45 from Canandaigua, New York, United States of America
Mariska Hargitay is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Age 55 from Santa Monica, California, United States of America
Lisa Kudrow is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Age 55 from Encino, California, United States of America
Tyra Banks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Age 45 from Los Angeles, Inglewood, California, USA
Adam Carolla is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Age 54 from Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Jimmy Fallon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Age 44 from New York City, New York, United States of America
Daryl Hannah is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Age 58 from Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Maya Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Age 46 from USA, Florida, Gainesville
Phil Hartman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Dec. at 50 (1948-1998) from Brantford, Canada
Abby Elliott is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Age 31 from New York City, USA, New York
Paul Reubens is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Age 66 from USA, New York, Peekskill
Melissa McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Age 48 from Plainfield, Illinois, United States of America
J.J. Abrams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Age 52 from New York City, New York, United States of America
Dax Shepard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Age 44 from Milford, Michigan, USA
Craig T. Nelson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Age 74 from Spokane, USA, Washington
Jon Lovitz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Age 61 from Los Angeles, USA, California
Kaitlin Olson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Age 43 from Oregon, USA, Tigard
Joe Ranft is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Dec. at 45 (1960-2005) from Pasadena, California, United States of America
Nasim Pedrad is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Age 37 from Tehran, Iran
Rita Wilson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Age 62 from Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Will Forte is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Age 48 from USA, California
Joey Arias is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Age 69 from Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States of America