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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
Robert Downey Jr. 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
Billy Crystal 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
Ben Stiller 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
Damon Wayans 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
Martin Short 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
Christopher Guest 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
Anthony Michael Hall 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
Sarah Silverman 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
Janeane Garofalo 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
David Koechner 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
Randy Quaid 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
Gilbert Gottfried 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
Paul Shaffer 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
Rob Riggle 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
Jenny Slate 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
Joan Cusack 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
Jerry Minor 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
Nancy Carell 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
Chris Elliott 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
Christine Ebersole 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
George Coe 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
Charles Rocket 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
Laurie Metcalf 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
Jim Downey 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
Michaela Watkins 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
Laura Kightlinger 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
Siobhan Fallon Hogan 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
Gail Matthius 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
Denny Dillon 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
Alan Zweibel 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
Pamela Stephenson 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
John Milhiser 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
Brooks Wheelan 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
Tim Robinson 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
Morwenna Banks 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
Michael O'Donoghue 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
Dan Vitale 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
Beth Cahill 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
Yvonne Hudson 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
Tony Rosato 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
Tom Schiller 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
Patrick Weathers 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
Emily Prager 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
Matthew Laurance 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
Rich Hall 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
Ann Risley 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
Danitra Vance 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
Terry Sweeney 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
Peter Aykroyd Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal - Season 5, 1979 - 1980