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
1,264 302
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
1,052 389
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
1,281 302
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
975 265
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
1,121 324
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
1,035 385
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
1,051 344
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
805 279
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
861 320
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
802 312
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
748 306
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
751 293
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
586 315
Billy Crystal is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Saturday Night Live, Soap, The Critic

14
628 264
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
761 270
Chris Farley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni

16
731 314
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
647 239
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
717 211
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
622 256
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Seinfeld, Saturday Night Live, Veep

20
505 289
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
519 249
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
498 280
Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Damages, Merlin, SCTV Channel

23
565 276
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
484 252
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
458 272
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
365 278
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
425 258
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
407 214
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
381 294
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
355 244
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
403 253
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
440 232
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
327 276
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
282 197
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
262 201
Joan Cusack is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
AlanDeanNaldrett added Shameless, Max & Ruby, Wayside

36
281 297
Dennis Miller is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Monday Night Football, Dennis Miller Live, Dennis Miller Live

37
313 213
Molly Shannon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Saturday Night Live, Web Therapy, Cracking Up

38
315 268
Jane Curtin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Saturday Night Live, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Unforgettable

39
326 260
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
254 214
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
311 240
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
206 242
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
242 204
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
197 232
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
273 204
Kevin Nealon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Saturday Night Live, Weeds, Crank Yankers

46
169 217
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
230 193
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
201 266
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
101 27
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
190 238
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