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Since 1975, "Saturday Night Live" has been the dream job for aspiring comedians everywhere. However, like all dreams, sometimes it doesn't go exactly as planned. Sometimes you get fired after a year (or less). This is a list containing every single "SNL" cast member throughout the years who only stuck around for a single season (or less). You might even be surprised to learn that some of these actors were ever on the show.

In many cases, a long run on the show has lead to great success. Will Ferrell (7 seasons) and Kristen Wiig (7 seasons) come to mind, along with Adam Sandler (5), Bill Murray (4), and Tina Fey (9). But, as you can see below, some of these one-year-wonders did just fine in showbiz after they got their 30 Rock eviction notice. Some have gone on to become the most famous and well respected artists in their field.

For others, "Saturday Night Live" was indeed a flash in the pan, at least up until this point. You can never say never in Hollywood. This list does not include cast members who are still on the show as their fate is yet to be determined. So here it is, the complete collection of "Saturday Night Live's" shooting stars. They burned bright... if only for a short while.
 

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Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Iron Man, The Avengers, Sherlock Holmes - Season 11, 1985 -1986

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Billy Crystal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
When Harry Met Sally..., City Slickers, Analyze This - Season 10, 1984 - 1985

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Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Zoolander, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Dodgeball - Season 14, 1989

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Damon Wayans is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
In Living Color, Major Payne, Blankman - Season 11, 1985 - 1986

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Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
The Martin Short Show, Primetime Glick, Three Amigos - Season 10, 1984 -1985

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Christopher Guest is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Princess Bride, Best in Show, Spinal Tap - Season 10, 1984 - 1985

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Anthony Michael Hall is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
The Breakfast Club, Edward Scissorhands, Dead Zone - Season 11, 1985 - 1986

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Sarah Silverman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
The Sarah Silverman Program, Wreck-It Ralph, Louie - Season 19, 1993 -1994

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Janeane Garofalo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
The West Wing, Wet Hot American Summer, 24 - Season 20, 1994 - 1995

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David Koechner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Anchorman, Waiting, American Dad - Season 21, 1995 -1996

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Randy Quaid is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Kingpin, Independence Day, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation - Season 11, 1985 -1986

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Gilbert Gottfried is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Aladdin, Problem Child, Cyberchase - Season 6, 1980 - 1981

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Paul Shaffer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
The Late Show with David Letterman, Spinal Tap - Season 5, 1979 - 1980

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Rob Riggle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
21 Jump Street, The Hangover, The Daily Show - Season 30, 2004 - 2005

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Jenny Slate is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Obvious Child, Parks and Recreation, Bob's Burgers - Season 35, 2009 - 2010

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Joan Cusack is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Shameless, Toy Story 3, School of Rock - Season 11, 1985 -1986

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Jerry Minor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Community, Brickleberry, Eastbound & Down - Season 26, 2000 - 2001

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Nancy Carell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
The Office, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Bridesmaids - Season 21, 1995 -1996

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Chris Elliott is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Eagleheart, There's Something About Mary, Groundhog Day - Season 20, 1994 -1995

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Christine Ebersole is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Wolf of Wallstreet, Sullivan & Son, Royal Pains - Season 7, 1981 -1982

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George Coe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Archer, Kramer vs. Kramer, The Entity - Season 1, 1975

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Charles Rocket is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Touched By An Angel, Normal, Ohio - Season 6, 1980 - 1981

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Laurie Metcalf is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Roseanne, Toy Story, Easy Money - Season 6, 1981

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Jim Downey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Billy Madison, 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live - Season 5, 1979 - 1980

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Michaela Watkins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Trophy Wife, Wanderlust, Enlightened - Season 34, 2008 - 2009

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Laura Kightlinger is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman, Will & Grace, Tenacious D - Season 20, 1994 -1995

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Siobhan Fallon Hogan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Men in Black, Fred: The Show, The Negotiator - Season 17, 1991 - 1992

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Gail Matthius is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs, Bobby's World - Season 6, 1980 - 1981

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Denny Dillon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Dream On, Ice Age, Louie - Season 6, 1980 -1981

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Alan Zweibel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
It's Garry Shandling's Show, Curb Your Enthusiasm, North - Season 5, 1979 -1980

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Pamela Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Superman III, Not the Nine O'Clock News, Ryan - Season 10, 1984 -1985

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John Milhiser is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Serious Lunch - Season 39, 2013 - 2014

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Brooks Wheelan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Saturday Night Live - Season 39, 2013 - 2014

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Noël Wells is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Noël Wells Forev, Saturday Night Live - Season 39, 2013 - 2014

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Tim Robinson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Saturday Night Live, Comedy Bang! Bang! - Season 38, 2012 - 2013

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Morwenna Banks is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Peppa Pig, Skins, Shameless - Season 20, 1995

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Michael O'Donoghue is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Scrooged, Wall Street, The Suicide Club - Season 1, 1975

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Dan Vitale is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Saturday Night Live, Malibu's Most Wanted - Season 11, 1985 - 1986

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Beth Cahill is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Saturday Night Live, Fatty Drives the Bus - Season 17, 1991 - 1992

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Yvonne Hudson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Saturday Night Live - Season 6, 1980 - 1981

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Tony Rosato is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, SCTV, Night Heat - Season 7, 1981 -1982

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Tom Schiller is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Saturday Night Live - Season 5, 1979 - 1980

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Patrick Weathers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
The Campaign, Wall Street - Season 6, 1980 - 1981

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Emily Prager is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Saturday Night Live, Mr. Mike's Mondo Video - Season 6, 1981

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Matthew Laurance is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Beverly Hills, 90210, Duet - Season 6, 1980 - 1981

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Rich Hall is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Late Night With David Letterman, Not Necessarily The News, Alfred Hitchcock Presents - Season 10, 1984 - 1985

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Ann Risley is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean - Season 6, 1980 - 1981

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Danitra Vance is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Jumpin' at the Boneyard, Little Man Tate, The War of the Roses - Season 11, 1985 - 1986

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Terry Sweeney is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Seinfeld, Family Matters, Sabrina - Season 11, 1985 -1986

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Peter Aykroyd is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal - Season 5, 1979 - 1980