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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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470 156
Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Tina Fey 1997–2006

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2
349 135
Gilda Radner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Gilda Radner 1975–1980

3
410 168
Kristen Wiig is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Kristen Wiig 2005–2012

4
407 139
Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Amy Poehler 2001–2008

5
278 157
Molly Shannon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Molly Shannon 1995–2001

6
296 145
Maya Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Maya Rudolph 2000–2007

7
289 112
Jane Curtin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Jane Curtin 1975–1980

8
247 145
Cheri Oteri is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Cheri Oteri 1995–2000

9
243 152
Rachel Dratch is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Rachel Dratch 1999–2006

10
162 130
Jan Hooks is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Jan Hooks 1986–1991

11
230 133
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Julia Louis-Dreyfus 1982–1985

12
153 129
Ana Gasteyer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Ana Gasteyer 1996–2002

13
155 105
Vanessa Bayer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Vanessa Bayer Saturday Night Live

14
159 109
Laraine Newman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Laraine Newman 1975–1980

15
110 113
Aidy Bryant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Aidy Bryant Saturday Night Live

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16
88 123
Nora Dunn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Nora Dunn 1985–1990

17
118 147
Janeane Garofalo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Janeane Garofalo 1994–1995

18
134 168
Sarah Silverman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Sarah Silverman 1993–1994

19
136 44
Cecily Strong is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Michael Wahle added Cecily Strong Saturday Night Live

20
120 107
Joan Cusack is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Joan Cusack 1985–1986

21
98 107
Julia Sweeney is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Julia Sweeney 1990–1994

22
102 113
Nasim Pedrad is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Nasim Pedrad Saturday Night Live, Mulaney

23
105 150
Victoria Jackson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Victoria Jackson 1986–1992

24
83 122
Abby Elliott is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Abby Elliott 2008–2012

25
70 124
Mary Gross is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Mary Gross 1981–1985

26
81 116
Jenny Slate is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Jenny Slate 2009–2010

27
44 119
Melanie Hutsell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Melanie Hutsell 1991–1994

28
71 106
Laurie Metcalf is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

29
20 14
Leslie Jones is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
salesgal added Leslie Jones

30
33 121
Christine Ebersole is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Christine Ebersole 1981–1982

31
48 106
Ellen Cleghorne is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Ellen Cleghorne 1991–1995

32
46 115
Nancy Carell is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Nancy Carell 1995–1996

33
31 99
Casey Wilson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Casey Wilson 2008–2009

34
20 101
Robin Duke is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Robin Duke 1981–1984

35
14 103
Yvonne Hudson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Yvonne Hudson 1980–1981