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
1,266 302
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
1,054 389
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
1,282 302
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
976 265
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
1,121 325
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
1,035 386
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
1,052 344
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
806 279
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
861 321
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
803 312
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
749 306
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
751 294
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
586 316
Billy Crystal is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Saturday Night Live, Soap, The Critic

14
628 265
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
762 270
Chris Farley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni

16
731 315
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
648 239
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
717 212
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
622 257
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Seinfeld, Saturday Night Live, Veep

20
506 289
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
520 249
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
499 280
Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Damages, Merlin, SCTV Channel

23
485 252
Phil Hartman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
The Simpsons, Saturday Night Live, The Jetsons

24
565 277
Andy Samberg is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Saturday Night Live, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Freaknik: The Musical

25
459 272
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
365 279
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
425 259
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
408 214
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
382 294
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
356 244
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
404 254
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
440 233
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
327 277
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
283 197
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
262 202
Joan Cusack is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
AlanDeanNaldrett added Shameless, Max & Ruby, Wayside

36
282 297
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
315 213
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
316 268
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
327 260
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
255 215
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
311 241
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
207 242
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
242 205
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
275 204
Kevin Nealon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Saturday Night Live, Weeds, Crank Yankers

45
197 233
Chris Elliott is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
AlanDeanNaldrett added Get a Life, Late Night with David Letterman, The Naked Truth

46
169 218
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
230 194
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
202 266
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
102 28
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
191 238
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