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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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828 285
Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Tina Fey 1997–2006

2
786 304
Kristen Wiig is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Kristen Wiig 2005–2012

3
747 241
Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Amy Poehler 2001–2008

4
624 233
Gilda Radner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Gilda Radner 1975–1980

5
551 231
Maya Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Maya Rudolph 2000–2007

6
497 249
Molly Shannon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Molly Shannon 1995–2001

7
451 225
Rachel Dratch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Rachel Dratch 1999–2006

8
426 230
Cheri Oteri is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Cheri Oteri 1995–2000

9
440 190
Jane Curtin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Jane Curtin 1975–1980

10
357 214
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Julia Louis-Dreyfus 1982–1985

11
235 202
Jan Hooks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Jan Hooks 1986–1991

12
259 189
Ana Gasteyer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Ana Gasteyer 1996–2002

13
274 184
Vanessa Bayer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Vanessa Bayer Saturday Night Live

14
315 101
Cecily Strong is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Michael Wahle added Cecily Strong Saturday Night Live

Famous Schizophrenics

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220 178
Aidy Bryant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Aidy Bryant Saturday Night Live

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222 185
Laraine Newman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Laraine Newman 1975–1980

17
182 77
Leslie Jones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
salesgal added Leslie Jones

18
183 174
Nasim Pedrad is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Nasim Pedrad Saturday Night Live, Mulaney

19
188 232
Janeane Garofalo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Janeane Garofalo 1994–1995

20
216 274
Sarah Silverman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Sarah Silverman 1993–1994

21
134 197
Nora Dunn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Nora Dunn 1985–1990

The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

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Joan Cusack is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Joan Cusack 1985–1986

23
145 162
Julia Sweeney is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Julia Sweeney 1990–1994

24
150 244
Victoria Jackson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Victoria Jackson 1986–1992

25
124 179
Abby Elliott is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Abby Elliott 2008–2012

26
139 175
Jenny Slate is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Jenny Slate 2009–2010

27
100 188
Mary Gross is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Mary Gross 1981–1985

28
103 158
Laurie Metcalf is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

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62 174
Melanie Hutsell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Melanie Hutsell 1991–1994

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76 156
Ellen Cleghorne is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Ellen Cleghorne 1991–1995

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44 181
Christine Ebersole is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Christine Ebersole 1981–1982

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8 19
Michaela Watkins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Tim Kirkman added Michaela Watkins Trophy Wife, Benched

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54 150
Casey Wilson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Casey Wilson 2008–2009

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57 169
Nancy Carell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Nancy Carell 1995–1996

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34 160
Robin Duke is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Robin Duke 1981–1984

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26 160
Yvonne Hudson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Yvonne Hudson 1980–1981