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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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1
877 337
Kristen Wiig is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
2005–2012

2
912 315
Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
1997–2006

3
812 265
Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
2001–2008

4
706 249
Gilda Radner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
1975–1980

5
608 252
Maya Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
2000–2007

6
546 263
Molly Shannon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
1995–2001

7
501 243
Rachel Dratch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
1999–2006

8
468 250
Cheri Oteri is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
1995–2000

9
473 204
Jane Curtin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
1975–1980

10
389 230
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
1982–1985

11
259 212
Jan Hooks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
1986–1991

12
285 203
Ana Gasteyer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
1996–2002

13
316 194
Vanessa Bayer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Saturday Night Live

14
366 109
Cecily Strong is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Michael Wahle added Saturday Night Live

15
256 189
Aidy Bryant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Saturday Night Live

16
242 195
Laraine Newman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
1975–1980

17
214 92
Leslie Jones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
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18
208 184
Nasim Pedrad is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Saturday Night Live, Mulaney

19
208 247
Janeane Garofalo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
1994–1995

20
235 291
Sarah Silverman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
1993–1994

21
144 205
Nora Dunn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
1985–1990

22
203 189
Joan Cusack is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
1985–1986

23
158 169
Julia Sweeney is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
1990–1994

24
165 257
Victoria Jackson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
1986–1992

25
141 187
Abby Elliott is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
2008–2012

26
152 182
Jenny Slate is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
2009–2010

27
108 195
Mary Gross is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
1981–1985

28
111 165
Laurie Metcalf is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

29
68 179
Melanie Hutsell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
1991–1994

30
52 187
Christine Ebersole is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
1981–1982

31
83 162
Ellen Cleghorne is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
1991–1995

32
16 23
Michaela Watkins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Tim Kirkman added Trophy Wife, Benched

33
62 157
Casey Wilson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
2008–2009

34
64 175
Nancy Carell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
1995–1996

35
40 168
Robin Duke is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
1981–1984

36
30 167
Yvonne Hudson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
1980–1981