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The Funniest Female SNL Alumni  

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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. 

list ordered by
1
Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1997-2006

2
Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

2001-2008

3
Kristen Wiig is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

2005-2012

4
Gilda Radner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1975-1980

5
Maya Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

2000-2007

6
Molly Shannon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1995-2001

7
Rachel Dratch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1999-2006

8
Jane Curtin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1975-1980

9
Cheri Oteri is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1995-2000

10
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
11
Ana Gasteyer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1996-2002

12
Jan Hooks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1986-1991

13
Laraine Newman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1975-1980

14
Nasim Pedrad is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

2009-2014

15
Joan Cusack is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1985-1986

16
Julia Sweeney is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1990-1994

17
Janeane Garofalo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1994-1995

18
Sarah Silverman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1993-1994

19
Jenny Slate is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

2009-2010

20
Nora Dunn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1985-1990

21
Abby Elliott is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

2008-2012

22
Laurie Metcalf is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
23
Victoria Jackson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1986-1992

24
Mary Gross is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1981-1985

25
Sasheer Zamata is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

2014-2017