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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
962 369
Kristen Wiig is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
2005–2012

2
985 334
Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
1997–2006

3
780 259
Gilda Radner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
1975–1980

4
878 287
Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
2001–2008

5
660 273
Maya Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
2000–2007

6
590 278
Molly Shannon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
1995–2001

7
547 264
Rachel Dratch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
1999–2006

8
498 265
Cheri Oteri is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
1995–2000

9
511 220
Jane Curtin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
1975–1980

10
417 254
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
1982–1985

11
285 228
Jan Hooks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
1986–1991

12
363 207
Vanessa Bayer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
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13
307 217
Ana Gasteyer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
1996–2002

14
418 117
Cecily Strong is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Michael Wahle added Saturday Night Live

15
282 200
Aidy Bryant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Saturday Night Live

16
269 206
Laraine Newman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
1975–1980

17
248 111
Leslie Jones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
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18
237 195
Nasim Pedrad is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
Saturday Night Live, Mulaney

19
219 266
Janeane Garofalo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
1994–1995

20
250 318
Sarah Silverman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
1993–1994

21
153 217
Nora Dunn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
1985–1990

22
214 200
Joan Cusack is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
1985–1986

23
166 180
Julia Sweeney is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
1990–1994

24
152 199
Abby Elliott is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
2008–2012

25
174 277
Victoria Jackson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
1986–1992