Comedians The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni  

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List Rules Any famous former SNL cast member

This list of the most successful Saturday Night Live alumni in the show’s history, has been ranked by SNL fans. In the 40+ seasons SNL has been on the air, there have been hundreds of cast members, each comedian bringing laughter into the homes of millions for multiple generations. Every few years cast members leave to pursue their acting, stand-up comedy, producing, and writing careers,making way for new cast members to become the new faces of sketch comedy. Many of the alumni of Saturday Night Live went on to be some of the most famous actors in the business, in movies, television, and theater.

Many comedic actors who are most known for their movies that make hundreds of millions of dollars got their start on SNL, such as Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, and Eddie Murphy. Other former SNL cast mates went on to create and/or star in some of the most successful television shows, such as Tina Fey’s 30 Rock and Amy Poehler’s Parks and Recreation. Jimmy Fallon is currently a late night host, while Al Franken went on to become a politician.

Which SNL cast members went on to have amazingly successful careers? Whose career simply faded away? Which are the most successful SNL alumni? Of the SNL full cast, there has been a wide range of success. This least features the Saturday Night Live alumni with the most success under their belts.

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1
1,244 297
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Iron Chef America, SCTV Network 90, Banzai

2
1,026 380
Eddie Murphy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Saturday Night Live, Shrek the Halls, The PJs

3
1,253 295
Will Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Saturday Night Live, Eastbound & Down, Tim and Eric Awesome Show

4
955 258
Steve Martin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
EthelFey added The Tracey Ullman Show, Biography, Leo & Liz in Beverly Hills

5
1,107 312
Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

6
1,021 373
Jimmy Fallon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

7
1,028 338
Adam Sandler is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Saturday Night Live, Rules of Engagement, Remote Control

8
847 308
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
AlanDeanNaldrett added Ally McBeal, The Twilight Zone, Mussolini: The Untold Story

9
784 272
Dan Aykroyd is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Saturday Night Live, The Real Ghostbusters, Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal

10
782 308
Mike Myers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Saturday Night Live, Bizarre, King of Kensington

11
727 300
Chevy Chase is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Community, Saturday Night Live, The Chevy Chase Show

12
736 287
Chris Rock is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
In Living Color, Everybody Hates Chris, The Chris Rock Show

13
577 304
Billy Crystal is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Saturday Night Live, Soap, The Critic

14
613 259
Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
AlanDeanNaldrett added Mr. Show with Bob and David, The Ben Stiller Show, Wish Kids

15
742 265
Chris Farley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni

16
716 302
Kristen Wiig is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Saturday Night Live, Bored to Death, The Looney Tunes Show

17
630 233
John Belushi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Saturday Night Live, The Richard Pryor Show

18
606 249
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Seinfeld, Saturday Night Live, Veep

19
696 206
Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Parks and Recreation, Saturday Night Live, Broad City

20
492 282
Dana Carvey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Saturday Night Live, The Dana Carvey Show, Blue Thunder

21
504 247
David Spade is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Saturday Night Live, Beavis and Butt-head, Rules of Engagement

22
486 271
Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Damages, Merlin, SCTV Channel

23
551 269
Andy Samberg is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Saturday Night Live, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Freaknik: The Musical

24
469 249
Phil Hartman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
The Simpsons, Saturday Night Live, The Jetsons

25
443 267
Gilda Radner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Saturday Night Live, Dr. Zonk and the Zunkins, Music for UNICEF Concert

26
356 271
Jim Belushi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
AlanDeanNaldrett added Hey Arnold!, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

27
412 252
Maya Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Up All Night, TV Funhouse, City of Angels

28
391 210
Jason Sudeikis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Saturday Night Live, The Cleveland Show, Eastbound & Down

29
371 287
Rob Schneider is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Men Behaving Badly, Rob, Jancis Robinson's Wine Course

30
341 240
Jon Lovitz is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
wiabux added NewsRadio, The Critic, Foley Square

31
394 247
Tracy Morgan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
30 Rock, The Tracy Morgan Show, Where My Dogs At?

32
424 228
Bill Hader is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
South Park, Saturday Night Live, The Mindy Project

33
319 267
Sarah Silverman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
AlanDeanNaldrett added Bob's Burgers, Mr. Show with Bob and David, Greg the Bunny

34
274 193
Damon Wayans is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
AlanDeanNaldrett added Saturday Night Live, In Living Color, My Wife and Kids

35
255 195
Joan Cusack is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
AlanDeanNaldrett added Shameless, Max & Ruby, Wayside

36
308 259
Jane Curtin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Saturday Night Live, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Unforgettable

37
274 289
Dennis Miller is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Monday Night Football, Dennis Miller Live, Dennis Miller Live

38
301 211
Molly Shannon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Saturday Night Live, Web Therapy, Cracking Up

39
314 257
Norm Macdonald is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
The Norm Show, Celebrity Jeopardy!, A Minute with Stan Hooper

40
240 208
Kenan Thompson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
AlanDeanNaldrett added Saturday Night Live, Kenan & Kel, All That

41
304 231
Fred Armisen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Saturday Night Live, Portlandia, The Looney Tunes Show

42
198 238
Garrett Morris is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
AlanDeanNaldrett added 2 Broke Girls, Martin, Hunter

43
228 201
Tim Meadows is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Marry Me, Glory Daze, The Michael Richards Show

44
190 225
Chris Elliott is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
AlanDeanNaldrett added Get a Life, Late Night with David Letterman, The Naked Truth

45
163 208
Randy Quaid is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
AlanDeanNaldrett added A Streetcar Named Desire, Category 7: The End of the World, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2

46
263 201
Kevin Nealon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Saturday Night Live, Weeds, Crank Yankers

47
225 187
Will Forte is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Saturday Night Live, The Cleveland Show, Gravity Falls

48
195 258
Gilbert Gottfried is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
AlanDeanNaldrett added Cyberchase, Hollywood Squares, Disney's House of Mouse

49
91 21
Kate McKinnon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
salesgal added Saturday Night Live, Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday, The Big Gay Sketch Show

50
183 228
Janeane Garofalo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
AlanDeanNaldrett added 24, The Larry Sanders Show, Mr. Show with Bob and David