Best Saturday Night Live Actors

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The Top Ten

1 Will Ferrell Will Ferrell John William "Will" Ferrell is an American actor, comedian, producer, and writer. He first established himself in the mid-1990s as a cast member on the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live.

Ferrell was very overrated. He basically did the same stupid routine over and over, in a different costume.

My Top Ten
1. Eddie Murphy
2. Dana Carver
3. Bill Murray
4. Phil Hartman
5. Kate McKinnon
6. Mike Myers
7. Kristen Wiig
8. David Spade
9. John Belushi
10. Gilda Radner

2 Phil Hartman Phil Hartman Philip Edward "Phil" Hartman was a Canadian-American actor, voice actor, comedian, screenwriter, and graphic artist.
3 Eddie Murphy Eddie Murphy Edward Regan "Eddie" Murphy is an American comedian, actor, writer, singer, and producer. Murphy was a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1980 to 1984.
4 Chris Farley Chris Farley Christopher Crosby Farley was an American actor and comedian. Farley was known for his loud, energetic comedic style.

"Livin' in a van down by the river! " He was just hilarious! - Shake_n_Bake13

This guy was living in a van down by the river

This guy was better than the whole original cast. There, I said it. - unclejoe1917

5 Maya Rudolph Maya Rudolph Maya Khabira Rudolph is an American actress, comedian, and musician. She rose to prominence on the NBC television show Saturday Night Live, where she was a cast member from 2000 to 2007. She has also starred in films such as Idiocracy, Away We Go, Grown Ups, Bridesmaids, Grown Ups 2, and Sisters.
6 Dana Carvey Dana Carvey Dana Thomas Carvey is an American actor and stand-up comedian known for his work as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and for playing the role of Garth Algar in the Wayne's World films.
7 Tina Fey Tina Fey

There's ain't no party like a Liz Lemon party...

8 John Belushi John Belushi John Adam Belushi was an American comedian, actor, and singer. Belushi is best known for his "intense energy and raucous attitude" which he displayed as one of the seven original cast members of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live.
9 Dan Aykroyd Dan Aykroyd

COME ON! Dan Aykroyd is to me what Morgan Freeman is to most other people. HE SHOULD BE NUMBER ONE! - BigBerry25

10 Bill Hader Bill Hader

He is such a talented and exceptional performer, completely dedicated to every sketch. The fact that even though he was very anxious before the live shows but he still nailed every single performance is so inspiring.

Bill Hader is the funniest of all the cast. He has a gift of making a simple puppet hilarious.

Even withstanding the fact that Stefon is the most overrated SNL character of all time, Bill Hader is the most talented, unique, and inspiring cast member ever (arguably rivaling Phil Hartman, Will Ferrell, Chris Farley, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey).

The Contenders

11 Bill Murray Bill Murray William James "Bill" Murray is an American actor, comedian, and writer. He first gained exposure on Saturday Night Live, for which he earned his first Emmy Award and later went on to star in comedy films, including Meatballs, Caddyshack, Stripes, Tootsie, Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, Scrooged, What ...read more.

Never got this guy's humor until he did his Lounge Lizard character singing the Star Wars theme. Simply brilliant and a wry twist on an often over-portrayed icon of comedy. Bill Murray has also turned out to be a damn good screen actor as well. - mgenet

Todd...and the Lounge Singer are hard to beat

Bill Murray 1 Will Ferrell 2 Bill Hader 3

12 Jimmy Fallon Jimmy Fallon James Thomas "Jimmy" Fallon is an American comedian, television host, actor, singer, writer, and producer.

JIMMY FALLON IS JUST PLAIN FUNNY AND AWESOME, THAT IS ALL!

13 Amy Poehler Amy Poehler Amy Poehler is an American actress, comedian, director, producer, and writer. After studying improv at Chicago's Second City and ImprovOlympic in the early 1990s, she became part of the Chicago-based improvisational comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade.
14 Kristen Wiig Kristen Wiig

One of the absolute best

The best no doubt - u_maddox_bro

15 Adam Sandler Adam Sandler

What are you people thinking? This one is a no brainer. - RdrTech

16 Norm Macdonald Norm Macdonald
17 Seth Meyers
18 Kate McKinnon Kate McKinnon Kathryn McKinnon Berthold, commonly known as Kate McKinnon, is an American actress, voice actress, and comedian.

Shes hilarious

SHE IS HILARIOUS!

Overrated. #19 in snl history? Really. Cecily Strong and Vanessa Bayer are funnier women in her own cast. I just don't get her. She's the female Chris Kattan. - kpopcraze

19 Kenan Thompson Kenan Thompson Kenan Thompson is an American actor and comedian. He is known for his work as a cast member of NBC's Saturday Night Live.

Facial expressions - Boblikespie01

How is kristian wiig on this list she should be taken off

I’ve never not laughed when Kenyan Thompson was on stage. Enough said.

He's hilarious as that boston redsocks player I forgot the name of,

"He gave me a small box, and I opened it up and found..."

"BIG LUNCH"

20 Chevy Chase Chevy Chase
21 Mike Myers Mike Myers Michael John "Mike" Myers is a Canadian actor, comedian, screenwriter, director, and film producer, who also holds British and American citizenship.

wayne's world was awesome... he is so funny on it.. he was the best. - jwileson

22 Andy Samberg Andy Samberg Andy Samberg is an American actor and comedian. He is a member of the comedy group The Lonely Island, he portrays the childish but charming Detective Jake Peralta on the police sitcom Brooklyn Nine-nine, and was a cast member on Saturday Night Live, where he and his fellow group members have been credited ...read more.
23 Gilda Radner Gilda Radner Gilda Susan Radner was an American comedian and actress. She was best remembered as an original cast member of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, for which she won an Emmy Award in 1978.
24 Mya Rudolf
25 Rachel Dratch Rachel Dratch Rachel Susan Dratch is an American actress, comedian, producer, and writer. Born and raised in Lexington, Massachusetts, she graduated from Dartmouth College in 1988 and moved to Chicago, Illinois, to study improvisational theatre at The Second City and ImprovOlympic.
26 Cheri Oteri

She's my favourite actress from Saturday Night Live, because she's funny, talanted and really humoristic! I love her as actress with Meryl Streep and Gillian Anderson from women actresses! - AlexandraMoonDust

27 Molly Shannon
28 Fred Armisen
29 Darrell Hammond Darrell Hammond
30 Tracy Morgan Tracy Morgan
31 Chris Rock Chris Rock
32 Joe Piscopo
33 Bobby Moynihan
34 Garrett Morris

Garrett, like all of the original cast, was responsible for the show making it past season 1.
His comic genius was apparent from the start, particularly his Chico Escuela character, and most hilarious of all is his take on a prisoner trying out for the lead in a musical production inside a maximum-security lockup.

35 Rob Schneider Rob Schneider
36 Chris Kattan Chris Kattan Christopher Lee "Chris" Kattan is an American actor/comedian, best known for his work on Saturday Night Live and his role as Bob on the first four seasons of The Middle.

Of the hundreds of cast members to come through the snl machine. He is one of the worst. - kpopcraze

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37 Tim Meadows Tim Meadows Timothy "Tim" Meadows is an American actor and comedian best known as one of the longest running cast members on Saturday Night Live, where he served for ten seasons.
38 Jane Curtin
39 Victoria Jackson
40 Chris Parnell Chris Parnell
41 Martin Short Martin Short
42 Billy Crystal Billy Crystal
43 Harry Shearer
44 Christopher Guest
45 Dennis Miller Dennis Miller Dennis Miller is an American stand-up comedian, talk show host, political commentator, sports commentator, actor, television personality, and radio personality.
46 Jan Hooks Jan Hooks Janet Vivian "Jan" Hooks was an American actress and comedian best known for her work on Saturday Night Live, where she was a repertory player from 1986–91, and continued making cameo appearances until 1994. Her subsequent work included a regular role on the final two seasons of Designing Women, a ...read more.
47 Jon Lovitz
48 Jason Sudeikis Jason Sudeikis
49 Christopher Walken Christopher Walken

He was funny as hell and hosted the show a bunch of times.

50 David Spade David Spade
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