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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 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