Comedians The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni  

Ranker TV
Originally by
43.7k votes 3.1k voters 87.4k views 74 items

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.

list ordered by

1
1,221 292
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
1,234 285
Will Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Saturday Night Live, Eastbound & Down, Tim and Eric Awesome Show

3
1,004 369
Eddie Murphy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Saturday Night Live, Shrek the Halls, The PJs

4
937 252
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
1,095 303
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
1,009 360
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
1,011 332
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
832 301
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
770 268
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
769 300
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
712 293
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
725 276
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
570 295
Billy Crystal is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Saturday Night Live, Soap, The Critic

14
599 254
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
729 259
Chris Farley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni

16
710 296
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
689 202
Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Parks and Recreation, Saturday Night Live, Broad City

18
597 244
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Seinfeld, Saturday Night Live, Veep

19
618 230
John Belushi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Saturday Night Live, The Richard Pryor Show

20
483 279
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
497 244
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
477 269
Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Damages, Merlin, SCTV Channel

23
545 260
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
462 246
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
354 262
Jim Belushi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
AlanDeanNaldrett added Hey Arnold!, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

26
437 262
Gilda Radner is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Saturday Night Live, Dr. Zonk and the Zunkins, Music for UNICEF Concert

27
408 247
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
385 205
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
367 281
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
337 235
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
389 241
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
417 223
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
314 261
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
270 188
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
250 191
Joan Cusack is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
AlanDeanNaldrett added Shameless, Max & Ruby, Wayside

36
303 256
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
269 284
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
298 207
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
307 253
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
232 204
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
298 227
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
195 235
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
226 196
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
187 220
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
262 196
Kevin Nealon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni
Saturday Night Live, Weeds, Crank Yankers

46
161 203
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
220 183
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
86 17
Kate McKinnon is listed (or ranked) 48 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

49
187 256
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
181 223
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