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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
809 269
Gilda Radner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1975-1980

2
996 383
Kristen Wiig is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

2005-2012

3
1,015 349
Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1997-2006

4
905 294
Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

2001-2008

5
684 284
Maya Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

2000-2007

6
610 282
Molly Shannon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1995-2001

7
562 271
Rachel Dratch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1999-2006

8
524 224
Jane Curtin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1975-1980

9
509 273
Cheri Oteri is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1995-2000

10
429 263
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

11
290 237
Jan Hooks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1986-1991

12
313 224
Ana Gasteyer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1996-2002

13
277 211
Laraine Newman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1975-1980

14
244 202
Nasim Pedrad is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

2009-2014

15
224 278
Janeane Garofalo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1994-1995

16
256 329
Sarah Silverman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1993-1994

17
157 224
Nora Dunn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1985-1990

18
220 206
Joan Cusack is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1985-1986

19
173 186
Julia Sweeney is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1990-1994

20
179 284
Victoria Jackson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1986-1992

21
154 208
Abby Elliott is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

2008-2012

22
171 200
Jenny Slate is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

2009-2010

23
118 210
Mary Gross is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1981-1985

24
119 180
Laurie Metcalf is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

25
71 199
Melanie Hutsell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

1991-1994