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The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members  

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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 before the season even starts). 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, but it does include comedians like Shane Gillis who were announced but chose not to join the cast. So here it is, the complete collection of Saturday Night Live shooting stars. They burned bright... if only for a short while.
 

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Michaela Watkins is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Trophy Wife, Wanderlust, Enlightened
Season 34, 2008 - 2009 Michaela Suzanne Watkins is an American actress and comedian best known for starring on Saturday Night Live and in the ABC sitcom Trophy Wife.
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Laura Kightlinger is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman, Will & Grace, Tenacious D
Season 20, 1994 -1995 Laura Kightlinger is an American actress, comedian and writer. She was a writer and consulting producer on Will & Grace, while also occasionally appearing on the show as the character Nurse ...more
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Siobhan Fallon Hogan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Men in Black, Fred: The Show, The Negotiator
Season 17, 1991 - 1992 Siobhan Fallon Hogan is an American actress. She appeared in films such as Men in Black, Forrest Gump, The Negotiator, and Daddy Day Care.
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Gail Matthius is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs, Bobby's World
Season 6, 1980 - 1981 Gail Matthius is an American actress and voice actress. She was a cast member of NBC's Saturday Night Live during its critical and ratings low point at the time, and co-anchored the Weekend ...more
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Denny Dillon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Dream On, Ice Age, Louie
Season 6, 1980 -1981 Denise "Denny" Dillon is an American actress and comedian. First known as a stage actress, who was nominated for a Tony Award on Broadway, Dillon appeared for a season on Saturday ...more
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Alan Zweibel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
It's Garry Shandling's Show, Curb Your Enthusiasm, North
Season 5, 1979 -1980 Alan Zweibel is an American producer and writer who has worked on such productions as Saturday Night Live, PBS' Great Performances, and It's Garry Shandling's Show.
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Pamela Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Superman III, Not the Nine O'Clock News, Ryan
Season 10, 1984 -1985 Pamela Helen Stephenson Connolly is a New Zealand clinical psychologist, writer and actress who is now a resident in both the United Kingdom and United States. She is best known for her work as ...more
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John Milhiser is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Serious Lunch
Season 39, 2013 - 2014 John Milhiser is an American actor and comedian who was most recently a cast member on Saturday Night Live for the 2013–2014 season.
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Brooks Wheelan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Saturday Night Live
Season 39, 2013 - 2014 Brooks Patrick Wheelan is an American stand-up comedian who was most recently a cast member on Saturday Night Live for the 2013–2014 season. Wheelan was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and his ...more
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Noël Wells is listed (or ranked) 35 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) 36 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Saturday Night Live, Comedy Bang! Bang!
Season 38, 2012 - 2013 Tim Robinson is an American actor, comedian, and writer. He is known for his work on Saturday Night Live, where he has been a featured player and is currently a writer.
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Morwenna Banks is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Peppa Pig, Skins, Shameless
Season 20, 1995 Tamsin Morwenna Banks is an English comedy actress, writer and producer known for her role as Mummy Pig, Madame Gazelle and Dr Hamster in the toddler series Peppa Pig.
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Michael O'Donoghue is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Scrooged, Wall Street, The Suicide Club
Season 1, 1975 Michael O'Donoghue was a writer and performer. He was known for his dark and destructive style of comedy and humor, was a major contributor to National Lampoon magazine, and was the first head ...more
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Dan Vitale is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Saturday Night Live, Malibu's Most Wanted
Season 11, 1985 - 1986 Dan Vitale is an actor.
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Beth Cahill is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Saturday Night Live, Fatty Drives the Bus
Season 17, 1991 - 1992 Beth Cahill is an American television actress who is best known for having been a featured cast member on Saturday Night Live during the 1991–1992 season.
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Yvonne Hudson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Saturday Night Live
Season 6, 1980 - 1981 Yvonne Hudson is an American television actress who is best known for being the first African-American female cast member on Saturday Night Live. She joined the cast as a featured player in the ...more
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Tony Rosato is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, SCTV, Night Heat
Season 7, 1981 -1982 Tony Rosato is an Italian-Canadian actor and voice actor who has appeared in television and movies in both Canada and the United States.
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Tom Schiller is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Saturday Night Live
Season 5, 1979 - 1980 Tom Schiller is an American Emmy Award winning writer best known for his eleven-year stint writing and directing short films for Saturday Night Live. His films, often featuring members of the ...more
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Patrick Weathers is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
The Campaign, Wall Street
Season 6, 1980 - 1981 Patrick Weathers is an actor.
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Emily Prager is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Saturday Night Live, Mr. Mike's Mondo Video
Season 6, 1981 Emily Prager is an American author and journalist. Prager grew up in Texas, Taiwan, and Greenwich Village, NY. She is a graduate of The Brearley School, Barnard College and has a Master's degree ...more
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Matthew Laurance is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Beverly Hills, 90210, Duet
Season 6, 1980 - 1981 Matthew Laurance is an actor.
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Rich Hall is listed (or ranked) 47 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 Richard "Rich" Hall is an American comedian, writer and musician.
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Ann Risley is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
Season 6, 1980 - 1981 Anna "Ann" Risley is an American actress and comedian. She was a cast member of the TV series Saturday Night Live for the 12 episodes of the 1980–1981 season. These 12 broadcasts were ...more
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Danitra Vance is listed (or ranked) 49 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 Danitra Vance was an American comedian and actress best known as a cast member on the NBC sketch show Saturday Night Live during its eleventh season and for work in feature films like Sticky ...more
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Terry Sweeney is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Shortest Lasting SNL Cast Members
Seinfeld, Family Matters, Sabrina
Season 11, 1985 -1986 Terry Sweeney is an American writer, comedian and actor.