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Xavier Freeman
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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
age 51

Kathy Griffin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
age 58

Conan O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
age 55

Kristen Wiig is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
age 45

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
age 55

Tyra Banks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
age 45

Adam Carolla is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
age 54

Jimmy Fallon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
age 44

Daryl Hannah is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
age 58

Maya Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
age 46

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

Abby Elliott is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
age 31

Paul Reubens is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
age 66

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

J.J. Abrams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
age 52

Dax Shepard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
age 44

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
age 61

Kaitlin Olson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
age 43

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

Nasim Pedrad is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
age 37

Rita Wilson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
age 62

Will Forte is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
age 48

Joey Arias is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni
age 69