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List of the funniest women to ever be on Saturday Night Live, as ranked by SNL fans and critics. In the history of SNL there have been very few women in the cast. Although women have notoriously had the toughest time breaking into the comedy world, these inspiring SNL female comedians have proved all the naysayers wrong. They’ve created some of the most memorable characters, written the best sketches, and made millions of people laugh, all while breaking the comedy glass ceiling. SNL’s female alumni have gone on to be the most successful film and television stars in the business.
 

This list answers the question, “Who are the funniest women in the history of SNL?” Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Kristen Wiig have gone on to be critically acclaimed writers and actresses, creating some of the biggest products in pop culture like Bridesmaids, Mean Girls, and Parks and Recreation. Female cast of SNL from earlier seasons like Gilda Radner and Jane Curtin were among the first women to prove that being hilarious wasn’t just a man’s game.
 

All of  the women on this list have proved themselves as comics both on SNL and with their huge careers in the comedy world afterwards. 

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516 164
Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Tina Fey 1997–2006

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2
383 140
Gilda Radner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Gilda Radner 1975–1980

3
456 181
Kristen Wiig is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Kristen Wiig 2005–2012

4
445 148
Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Amy Poehler 2001–2008

5
327 154
Maya Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Maya Rudolph 2000–2007

6
306 165
Molly Shannon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Molly Shannon 1995–2001

7
307 124
Jane Curtin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Jane Curtin 1975–1980

8
262 155
Cheri Oteri is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Cheri Oteri 1995–2000

9
263 157
Rachel Dratch is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Rachel Dratch 1999–2006

10
172 139
Jan Hooks is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Jan Hooks 1986–1991

11
245 144
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Julia Louis-Dreyfus 1982–1985

12
172 134
Ana Gasteyer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Ana Gasteyer 1996–2002

13
170 114
Vanessa Bayer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Vanessa Bayer Saturday Night Live

14
169 118
Laraine Newman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Laraine Newman 1975–1980

15
158 53
Cecily Strong is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Michael Wahle added Cecily Strong Saturday Night Live

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120 120
Aidy Bryant is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Aidy Bryant Saturday Night Live

17
130 156
Janeane Garofalo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Janeane Garofalo 1994–1995

18
145 182
Sarah Silverman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Sarah Silverman 1993–1994

19
116 119
Nasim Pedrad is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Nasim Pedrad Saturday Night Live, Mulaney

20
90 135
Nora Dunn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Nora Dunn 1985–1990

21
128 115
Joan Cusack is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Joan Cusack 1985–1986

22
104 114
Julia Sweeney is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Julia Sweeney 1990–1994

23
112 167
Victoria Jackson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Victoria Jackson 1986–1992

24
88 131
Abby Elliott is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Abby Elliott 2008–2012

25
76 133
Mary Gross is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Mary Gross 1981–1985

26
84 125
Jenny Slate is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Jenny Slate 2009–2010

27
75 114
Laurie Metcalf is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

28
45 21
Leslie Jones is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
salesgal added Leslie Jones

29
47 127
Melanie Hutsell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Melanie Hutsell 1991–1994

30
34 129
Christine Ebersole is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Christine Ebersole 1981–1982

31
52 113
Ellen Cleghorne is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Ellen Cleghorne 1991–1995

32
46 122
Nancy Carell is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Nancy Carell 1995–1996

33
35 105
Casey Wilson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Casey Wilson 2008–2009

34
23 109
Robin Duke is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Robin Duke 1981–1984

35
17 108
Yvonne Hudson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Yvonne Hudson 1980–1981