SNL Rankings

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  1. Will Ferrell (1995 - 2002) Signature sketches: Celebrity Jeopardy. More Cowboll, W Bush, James Lipton, and Harry Carry, Robert Goulet. SNL: 10 Post SNL: 9.5 (Anchorman, Old School, Funny or Die) Total: 19.5
  2. Eddie Murphy (1980 - 1984) Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood, White Like Me, Buckwheat, Gumby, Prose and Cons, Stevie Wonder, John David Stutts, James Brown's Celebrity Hot Tub Party SNL: 9.6 Post SNL: 9.3 (Stand-up, Trading Places, Beverly Hills Cop, Coming to America) Total: 18.9
  3. John Belushi (1975 - 1979) Samurai Futaba, Blues Brothers, Olympia Restaurant SNL: 9.2 Post SNL: 7.2 (Animal House, Blues Brothers) Total: 16.4
  4. Phil Hartman (1986 - 1994) Bill Clinton, The Anal Retentive Chef, Frank Sinatra, Ronald Reagan, Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer. SNL: 9.7 Post SNL: 6.6 (NewsRadio, The Simpsons) Total: 16.3
  5. Adam Sandler (1991 - 1995) Opera Man, The Hanukkah Song, Canteen Boy, Schmitts Gay Beer SNL: 7.5 Post SNL: 8.7 (Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, Happy Madison Films) Total: 16.2
  6. Chris Rock (1990 - 1993) Nat X SNL: 7 Post SNL: 9.1 (Stand-up, Everybody Hates Chris, The Chris Rock Show) Total: 16.1
  7. Bill Murray (1977 - 1980) Weekend Update SNL: 7.4 Post SNL: 8.5 (Caddyshack, Groundhog Day, Lost in Translation) Total: 15.9
  8. Chris Farley (1990 - 1995)-The Chris Farley Show, Matt Foley, The Chippendales Audition, Bill Swerkski's Super Fans, El Niño, Schmitts Gay Beer SNL: 9.6 Post SNL: 6.2 (Tommy Boy, Black Sheep) Total: 15.8
  9. Dan Aykroyd (1975 - 1979)-Blues Brothers, Irwin Mainway, Beldar Conehead, Fred Garvin, and One Wild and Crazy Guy. SNL: 8.3 Post SNL: 7.3 (Ghostbusters, Coneheads, Blues Brothers) Total: 15.6
  10. Chevy Chase (1975 - 1976)- Also a 9-time host, more than any other former cast-member. Weekend Update, Land-shark SNL: 7 Post SNL: 8 (National Lampoon, Caddyshack, Fletch, Community) Total: 15
  11. Tina Fey (2000 - 2006)- Head Writer, Sarah Palin, Weekend Update SNL: 7 Post SNL: 7.7 (30 Rock, Mean Girls)Total: 14.7
  12. Dana Carvey (1986 - 1993) Church Lady, Garth Alger, Han, The Grumpy Old Man, Bush I, Ross Perot. SNL: 8.1 Post SNL: 5.8 (The Dana Carvey Show, Wayne's World) Total: 13.9
  13. Mike Myers (1989 - 1995) Wayne Campbell, Sprockets, Coffee Talk SNL: 6 Post SNL: 7.7 (Austin Powers Trilogy, Shrek Quadrilogy, Wayne's World) Total: 13.7
  14. Kristen Wiig (2005-Present) The Target Lady, Kat, Penelope, Michele Bachmann SNL: 8 Post SNL: 5.6 (Bridesmaids, MacGruber) Total: 13.6
  15. Al Franken-Daily Affirmations With Stuart Smalley, Prolific writer. SNL: 6 Post SNL: 7 (US Senator, Author, Radio commentator) Total: 13.5
  16. Jane Curtin (1975 - 1980) Weekend Update, Coneheads SNL: 6.7 Post SNL: 6.6 (Kate & Alley, 3rd Rock From the Sun, The Coneheads) Total: 13.3
  17. Amy Poehler (2001 - 2008) Weekend Update SNL: 6.8 Post SNL: 6.2 (Parks and Rec, Baby Mama) Total: 13
  18. Tracy Morgan (1996 - 2003)- Brian Fellow's Safari Planet, Uncle Jemima, Star Jones SNL: 6.6 Post SNL: 5.5 (30 Rock, Stand-up, The Tracy Morgan Show) Total: 12.1
  19. Norm Macdonald (1993 - 1998)- Weekend Update, Burt Reynolds, Bob Dole, Stan Hooper. SNL: 6.7 Post SNL: 5 (Stand-up, Dirty Work, The Norm Show) Total: 11.7
  20. Darrell Hammond (1995 - 2009) His fourteen seasons is by far the longest running tenure in the history of the show. Sean Connery, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Al Gore, John McCain, Dick Cheney. SNL: 9 Post SNL: 1 Total: 10
  21. Julia Louis-Dreyfus (1982 – 1985) Televangelist April May June, Consuela, Weather Woman SNL: 1.5 Post SNL: 8.2 (Seinfeld, The Old Adventure of New Christine) Total 9.7
  22. Molly Shannon (1995 - 2001)- Superstar!, Schweddy Balls, Sally O'Malley SNL: 6.9 Post SNL: 2.2 Total: 9.1
  23. Jimmy Fallon (1998 – 2004) Weekend Update, Barry Gibb, Sully and Denise SNL: 4.6 Post SNL: 4.3 (The Jimmy Fallon Show) Total: 8.9
  24. Seth Meyers (2001 – present) Weekend Update, Head Writer SNL: 7.9 Post SNL: 1 Total: 8.8
  25. Andy Samberg (2005 - present)-Lazy Sunday, Dick in a Box, Mother Lover, I'm On a Boat, Mark Wahlberg SNL: 7.6 Post SNL: 1 Total: 8.6
  26. Kevin Nealon (1986 - 1995)- Weekend Update, Franz, Mr Subliminal SNL: 6.2 Post SNL: 2.3 (Weeds, Adam Sandler movies) Total: 8.5
  27. Jon Lovitz (1985 - 1990) SNL: 4.7 Post SNL: 3.7 (The Client, Newsradio, The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club) Total: 8.4
  28. David Spade (1990 - 1996) Hollywood Minutes, Buh-bye SNL: 4 Post SNL: 4.3 (Just Shoot Me!, Tommy Boy, Rules of Engagement) Total: 8.3
  29. Gilda Radner (1975 - 1980) Roseanne Rosannadanna, Emily Litella, Baba Wawa. SNL: 6 Post SNL: 1.5 (Gilda Radner - Live From New York) Total: 7.5
  30. Garrett Morris (1975 - 1980) Chico Escuela SNL: 4.5 SNL: 2.8 (The Jamie Foxx Show, 2 Broke Girls, The Downtown Comedy Club) Total: 7.3
  31. Tim Meadows (1991 - 2000)- The Ladies Man SNL: 6 Post SNL: 1 (Mean Girls) Total: 7
  32. Chris Kattan (1996 - 2003)- Mr. Peepers, Mango, Night at the Roxbury SNL: 5 Post SNL: 1 Total: 6
  33. Jason Sudeikis (2005 – present)
  34. Martin Short (1984–1985) Ed Grimley, Synchronized Swimming
  35. Fred Armisen (2002 – present)
  36. Jim Breuer (1995 - 1998)
  37. Harry Shearer )1979–1980, 1984–1985)-Spinal Tap, The Simpsons
  38. Chris Parnell (1998 - 2006) Lazy Sunday
  39. Kenan Thompson (2003 – present)
  40. Rachel Dratch (1999 – 2006)
  41. Will Forte (2002 – 2010)
  42. Ana Gasteyer (1996 – 2002)
  43. Bill Hader (2005 – present)
  44. Dennis Miller (1985 – 1991)
  45. Cheri Oteri (1995 – 2000)
  46. Maya Rudolph (2000 – 2007)
  47. Horatio Sanz (1998 – 2006)
  48. Notes: Though Steve Martin is a frequent host (15 appearances), he has never actually been a cast-member on the show. Other notable hosts include Alec Baldwin (16), John Goodman (12), Buck Henry (10) and Tom Hanks (8), Christopher Walken (7) and Justin Timberlake (4).
  49. SNL Flashes in the Pan who went on to have stellar careers
  50. Conan O'Brien (writer)- The Conan O'Brien Show
  51. Robert Downey Jr 1985–1986- Iron Man, Tropic Thunder, Chaplin
  52. Billy Crystal (1984–1985)
  53. Steven Colbert- (writer, voice in Ace in the Ambiguously Gay Duo)
  54. Steve Carell (voice of Gary is The Ambiguously Gay Duo)
  55. Christopher Guest
  56. Sarah Silverman (1993–1994)
  57. Chris Elliott (1994–1995)
  58. Joan Cusack (1985–1986)
  59. Gilbert Gottfried (1980–1981)
  60. Michael McKean (1994 – 1995)
  61. Randy Quaid (1985–1986)
  62. Because we're dealing with only the greatest of the great, score are made on a relative basis. For instance, no one would ever alledge that Phil Hartmen heading up one of the better sitcoms of the nineties is only a slightly above average career, but when you compare it to the bajillions of dollars Mike Myers has made on Austin Powers and Shrek, you see why grading on a curve becomes something of a necessity.