Best Saturday Night Live Actors


The Top Ten

1 Phil Hartman Philip Edward "Phil" Hartman was a Canadian-American actor, voice actor, comedian, screenwriter, and graphic artist.

This guy was always funny no matter the character. That's why they knew to use him in a lot of the skits.

RIP. You will be missed. - GeneralJP

2 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.


3 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.

My top 5
1: Dana Carvey
2: Phil Hartman
3: Eddie Murphy
4: Jan Hooks
5: Jon Lovitz - GeneralJP

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

My top 20 and the reasons why
1. Dan Aykroyd (The Coneheads; E. Buzz Miller; Julia Child)
2. Phil Hartman (Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer; Bill Clinton)
3. Will Ferrell (George W. Bush; More Cowbell; The Love-ahs)
4. Bill Hader (Stefon; Al Pacino; Herb Welch)
5. Gilda Radner (Roseanne Roseannadanna; Emily Litella; Baba Wawa)
6. Dana Carvey (George H.W. Bush; Garth; The Church Lady)
7. Amy Poehler (Hillary Clinton; Bronx Beat; Weekend Update)
8. Kate McKinnon (Hillary Clinton; Alien Abduction; Elizabeth Warren)
9. Eddie Murphy (Mr. Robinson; Buckwheat; Gumby)
10. Chris Farley (Matt Foley; Chippendales; The Chris Farley Show)
11. Darrell Hammond (Bill Clinton; Sean Connery; Donald Trump)
12. Kristen Wiig (The Target Lady; Penelope; Shana)
13. John Belushi (The Blues Brothers; Samurai Futaba; Olympia Cafe)
14. Mike Myers (Linda Richman; Dieter; Wayne)
15. Tina Fey (Weekend Update; Sarah Palin; Space Lesbians)
16. Fred Armisen (Nuni; Stuart; Two ...more

4 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.
5 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

6 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.

Church Lady: Could it be Satan?!

Definitely Dana Carvey. Have you seen his Jimmy Stewart impersonations?! - GeneralJP

All of his impersonations were sopt-on and pure genius. Phil Hartman very very good also and personally my favorite, but my vote has to go to Carvey because of his amazingly funny Jimmy Stewart, Ross Perot, Tim McLaughlin etc. mimicks.

7 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.
8 Dan Aykroyd Daniel Edward "Dan" Aykroyd is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, musician, businessman and filmmaker. He was an original member of the "Not Ready for Prime Time Players" on Saturday Night Live.

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

9 Martin Short
10 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 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

The Contenders

11 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.

I'm surprised Gilda isn't higher on this list. She really set the tone for not only future SNL cast members, but female comics in general. I think that before she came around, women were not seen as capable to succeed in comedy. They either played straight roles next to male actors that were usually the ones doing all the physical comedy or they played stereotypical "dumb girl" characters. But when Gilda came around, she dismissed all these previous stereotypes and she just did her own thing. She really brought something very fresh, unique and interesting to the table. She is the reason why we have comedians like Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon today. She was just fearless onstage! Unfortunately, she passed away at a young age but she still managed to left such a huge impact. I was not alive when she was performing on SNL but she still became a huge influence in my life.

The Legend

12 Kate McKinnon Kathryn McKinnon Berthold, commonly known as Kate McKinnon, is an American actress, voice actress, and comedian.

Shes 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

13 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

14 Bill Hader William Thomas "Bill" Hader Jr. is an American actor, comedian, producer and writer. He is known for his work on Saturday Night Live, for which he has received four Emmy nominations, South Park, and his parody series Documentary Now!.

He really sells it, I can't help but laugh when he says a joke

He should at least be top ten
He’s hilarious!

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.

15 Norm Macdonald
16 Tina Fey Elizabeth Stamatina "Tina" Fey (born May 18, 1970) is an American actress, comedian, writer and producer. She is best known for her work on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live.

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

17 Adam Sandler Adam Richard Sandler is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and film producer. After becoming a Saturday Night Live cast member, Sandler went on to star in many Hollywood feature films that combined have grossed over $2 billion at the box office.

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

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


19 Chevy Chase

Should be top 5 - errrr

20 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.
21 Kristen Wiig Kristen Carroll Wiig is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer. She is known for her work on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live, and films such as Bridesmaids, The Martian, and Ghostbusters.

The BEST SNL cast member!

One of the absolute best

The best no doubt - u_maddox_bro

22 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 more.
23 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.

He played Sbebe Harbey in the one skit

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.

24 Darrell Hammond
25 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

26 Mya Rudolf
27 Christopher Guest
28 Jon Lovitz
29 Billy Crystal
30 Dennis Miller Dennis Miller is an American stand-up comedian, talk show host, political commentator, sports commentator, actor, television personality, and radio personality.
31 Tracy Morgan
32 Chris Rock Christopher Julius Rock III is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, and director. After working as a standup comic and appearing in small film roles, Rock came to wider prominence as a cast member of Saturday Night Live in the early 1990s.
33 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.
34 Jason Sudeikis
35 Molly Shannon
36 Fred Armisen
37 Rob Schneider
38 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.

She was the best Debbie Downer!

39 Seth Meyers
40 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.

41 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

He was hilarious on SNL - Shake_n_Bake13

42 Joe Piscopo
43 Jane Curtin
44 Victoria Jackson
45 Bobby Moynihan
46 Chris Parnell
47 Harry Shearer
48 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 more.
49 Christopher Walken Christopher Walken is an American actor of screen and stage who has appeared in more than 100 films and television shows.

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

50 David Spade
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