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
1,258 301
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
1,042 388
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
1,273 300
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
970 262
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
1,118 320
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
1,031 381
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
1,044 343
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
800 276
Dan Aykroyd is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Saturday Night Live, The Real Ghostbusters, Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal

9
856 316
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
AlanDeanNaldrett added Ally McBeal, The Twilight Zone, Mussolini: The Untold Story

10
796 312
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
744 305
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
747 292
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
583 313
Billy Crystal is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Saturday Night Live, Soap, The Critic

14
623 263
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
756 269
Chris Farley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni

16
729 310
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
643 237
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
714 209
Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Parks and Recreation, Saturday Night Live, Broad City

19
619 253
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Seinfeld, Saturday Night Live, Veep

20
501 287
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
515 249
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
496 277
Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Damages, Merlin, SCTV Channel

23
559 275
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
480 251
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
456 269
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
362 276
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
420 257
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
404 213
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
376 294
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
350 243
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
402 251
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
434 231
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
325 275
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
281 195
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
261 199
Joan Cusack is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
AlanDeanNaldrett added Shameless, Max & Ruby, Wayside

36
315 264
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
280 295
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
311 212
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
252 211
Kenan Thompson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
AlanDeanNaldrett added Saturday Night Live, Kenan & Kel, All That

40
322 260
Norm Macdonald is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
The Norm Show, Celebrity Jeopardy!, A Minute with Stan Hooper

41
310 237
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
206 241
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
238 204
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
197 230
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
272 204
Kevin Nealon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Saturday Night Live, Weeds, Crank Yankers

46
168 214
Randy Quaid is listed (or ranked) 46 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

47
101 25
Kate McKinnon is listed (or ranked) 47 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

48
230 191
Will Forte is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Saturday Night Live, The Cleveland Show, Gravity Falls

49
200 264
Gilbert Gottfried is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
AlanDeanNaldrett added Cyberchase, Hollywood Squares, Disney's House of Mouse

50
209 187
Rachel Dratch is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Saturday Night Live, Game Over, The Awesomes