Comedians 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. 

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1
1,061 402
Kristen Wiig is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

2005-2012

2
962 305
Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

2001-2008

3
1,076 364
Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1997-2006

4
847 280
Gilda Radner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1975-1980

5
723 294
Maya Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

2000-2007

6
641 295
Molly Shannon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1995-2001

7
593 285
Rachel Dratch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1999-2006

8
551 232
Jane Curtin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1975-1980

9
538 281
Cheri Oteri is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1995-2000

10
444 274
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
11
302 245
Jan Hooks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1986-1991

12
322 232
Ana Gasteyer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1996-2002

13
294 219
Laraine Newman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1975-1980

14
259 211
Nasim Pedrad is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

2009-2014

15
233 288
Janeane Garofalo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1994-1995

16
266 342
Sarah Silverman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1993-1994

17
231 213
Joan Cusack is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1985-1986

18
163 232
Nora Dunn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1985-1990

19
182 193
Julia Sweeney is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1990-1994

20
162 216
Abby Elliott is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

2008-2012

21
189 298
Victoria Jackson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1986-1992

22
177 208
Jenny Slate is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

2009-2010

23
125 218
Mary Gross is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1981-1985

24
126 186
Laurie Metcalf is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni
25
75 207
Melanie Hutsell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1991-1994