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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
Will Ferrell age 49

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Kathy Griffin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Kathy Griffin age 56

Conan O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Conan O'Brien age 53

Kristen Wiig is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Kristen Wiig age 43

Mariska Hargitay is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni

Lisa Kudrow is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Lisa Kudrow age 53

Tyra Banks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Tyra Banks age 43

Adam Carolla is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Adam Carolla age 52

Jimmy Fallon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Jimmy Fallon age 42

Daryl Hannah is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Daryl Hannah age 56

Maya Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Maya Rudolph age 44

Phil Hartman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Phil Hartman Died at 50 (1948-1998)

Abby Elliott is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Abby Elliott age 29

Paul Reubens is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Paul Reubens age 64

Melissa McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni

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J.J. Abrams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
J.J. Abrams age 50

Dax Shepard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Dax Shepard age 42

Craig T. Nelson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni

Jon Lovitz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Jon Lovitz age 59

Kaitlin Olson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Kaitlin Olson age 41

Joe Ranft is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Joe Ranft Died at 45 (1960-2005)

Nasim Pedrad is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Nasim Pedrad age 35

Rita Wilson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Rita Wilson age 60

Will Forte is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Will Forte age 46

Joey Arias is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Joey Arias age 67

Julia Sweeney is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Julia Sweeney age 57

Jennifer Coolidge is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni

Cheryl Hines is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Cheryl Hines age 51

Lou Romano is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Lou Romano age 43

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Michael McDonald is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni

Pat Morita is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Pat Morita Died at 73 (1932-2005)

Mikey Day is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Mikey Day age 37

Stephanie Courtney is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni

Eliza Coupe is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Eliza Coupe age 36

Ana Gasteyer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Ana Gasteyer age 49

Steve Agee is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Steve Agee age 46

Cheri Oteri is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Cheri Oteri age 54

Phil LaMarr is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Phil LaMarr age 48

Oscar Nunez is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Oscar Nunez age 57

Tim Matheson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Tim Matheson age 68

Michael Hitchcock is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni

Sherri Stoner is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Sherri Stoner age 51

Michelle Thomas is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Michelle Thomas Died at 30 (1968-1998)

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Tress MacNeille is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni

Patrick Bristow is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni

Mary Scheer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Mary Scheer age 52

Laraine Newman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni

Alex Kapp Horner is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni

Rachael Harris is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni

Chris Kattan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
Chris Kattan age 46