Rolling Stone Magazine ranked 141 “Saturday Night Live” Cast Members

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Let’s break it down. The entire cast of Saturday Night Live, all 40 years of it, ranked from top to bottom. Insanely ambitious? You bet. Absurdly exhaustive? No doubt. Ruthlessly complete? Damn straight. From the Samurai Hitman to the poor bastard who played Walter Mondale. Everybody.

So — live from New York — a passionate, definitive, opinionated, subjective, irresponsible and indefensible breakdown of the Not Ready for Prime Time Players. It’s a celebration of Lorne Michaels’ creation 40 years on — and as every SNL fan knows, part of loving the show means surfing through the lows along with the highs. Keep in mind: We’re not ranking their careers, merely their stints on SNL. Also, we’re ranking them strictly for what they did onscreen, not behind the scenes. As for who counts as an SNL player, there’s a lot of gray area. The whole point of this list is ranking everybody, not just the big names, so it tries to err on the side of being inclusive. “Writers who occasionally showed up in sketches” is a mighty crowded category, but they’re ultimately judged by onscreen impact. It’s a game of inches out there. And no guest hosts, no matter how often they return. No Alec Baldwin or Andy Kaufman or Justin Timberlake, even though they’ve had way more airtime than many cast members.

Some of these stories get grim, especially below the Joe Piscopo Line. (You don’t want to be on the Cleghorne side of the Piscopo Line.) But these are all comedians who made it to the big leagues. This list is full of worthy performers SNL bumbled, or ugly ducklings who turned into swans elsewhere. So if you were funny in Anchorman 2 or you ended up a legend on Seinfeld, that’s sweet, but it doesn’t factor in here. The hilariously disastrous misuse of talent is part of what makes it SNL — we wouldn’t want it any other way.

robertdowneyjr_cahalloffameinductee 141. Robert Downey Jr.
Era: 1985-1986

140. The Muppets
Era: 1975-1976

139. Jim Breuer
Era: 1995-1998

138. Victoria Jackson
Era: 1986-1992

576ef0e3f2cf7a8c51adfd981751ee03 137. Gilbert Gottfried
Era: 1980-1981

136. Colin Quinn
Era: 1995-2000

135. Norm Macdonald
Era:1993-1998

134. Randy Quaid
Era:1985-1986

133. Emily Prager
Era: 1980-1981

132. Laurie Metcalf
Era: 1980-1981

131. Jay Mohr
Era: 1993-1995

130. Yvonne Hudson
Era: 1980-1981

129. Patrick Weathers
Era: 1980-1981

128. Matthew Laurance
Era: 1980-1981

127. Charles Rocket
Era: 1980-1981

126. Tony Rosato
Era: 1980-1982

Ben Stiller auf dem RTL-Spendenmarathon 2014 in Hürth bei Köln. 125. Ben Stiller
Era: 1988-1989

124. Dan Vitale
Era: 1985-1986

123. Robin Duke
Era: 1980-1984

122. Ann Risley
Era: 1981-1981

121. Christine Ebersole
Era: 1981-1982

120. Dean Edwards
Era: 2001-2003

119. Paul Brittain
Era: 2010-2012

118. Jeff Richards
Era: 2001-2004

117. Finesse Mitchell
Era: 2003-2006

NEFIBm7Sgo2bIJ_2_b 116. Rob Riggle
Era: 2004-2005

115. Jerry Minor
Era: 2000-2001

114.Damon Wayans
Era: 1985-1986

113. Michael O’Donoghue
Era: 1975-1979

112. Anthony Michael Hall
Era: 1985-1986

111. Siobhan Fallon
Era: 1991-1992

110. Melanie Hutsell
Era: 1991-1994

109. Fred Wolf
Era: 1995-1997

108. Morwenna Banks
Era: 1994-1995

107. Laura Kightlinger
Era: 1994-1995

106. David Koechner
Era: 1995-1996

105. Nancy Walls
Era: 1995-1996

104. Mark McKinney
Era: 1994-1997

103. Chris Elliott
Era: 1994-1995

102. Janeane Garofalo
Era: 1994-1995

sarah-silverman-435 101. Sarah Silverman
Era: 1993-1994

100. Danitra Vance
Era: 1985-1986

99. George Coe
Era: 1975-1976

98. Bobby Moynihan
Era: 2008-present

97. Gary Kroeger
Era: 1982-1985

96. Brian Doyle-Murray
Era: 1979-1982

95. Chris Kattan
Era: 1996-2003

94. Cheri Oteri
Era: 1995-2000

article-1302183761272-0b86055f00000578-80896_466x407 93. Joan Cusack
Era: 1985-1986

92. Aidy Bryant
Era: 2012-Present

91. Pete Davidson
Era: 2014-Present

90. Sasheer Zamata
Era: 2014-Present

89. John Milhiser
Era: 2013-2014

88. Colin Jost
Era: 2014-Present

87. Leslie Jones
Era: 2014-Present

86. Kyle Mooney
Era: 2013-Present

85. Mike O’Brien
Era: 2013-2014

84. Michael Che
Era: 2014-Present

83. Tim Robinson
Era: 2012-2013

82. Beck Bennett
Era: 2013-Present

81. Noel Wells
Era: 2013-2014

80. Abby Elliott
Era: 2008-2012

79. A. Whitney Brown
Era: 1986-1991

78. Harry Shearer
Era: 1979-1980, 1984-1985

77. Michael McKean
Era: 1994-1995

76. Julia Sweeney
Era: 1990-1994

75. Jenny Slate
Era: 2009-2010

74. Gail Matthius
Era: 1980-1981

73. Brooks Wheelan
Era: 2013-2014

-Jim-Belushi-&-Chicago-Board-of-Improv-Comedy 72. Jim Belushi
Era: 1983-1985

71. Casey Wilson
Era: 2008-2009

70. Rich Hall
Era: 1984-1985

69. Ellen Cleghorne
Era: 1991-1995

68. Michaela Watkins
Era: 2008-2009

67. Brad Hall
Era: 1982-1984

66. Joe Piscopo
Era: 1980-1984

65. Mary Gross
Era: 1981-1985

64. Terry Sweeney
Era: 1985-1986

63. Tom Davis
Era: 1977-1980

62. Beth Cahill
Era: 1991-1992

61. Garrett Morris
Era: 1975-1980

60. Nora Dunn
Era: 1985-1990

59. Kevin Nealon
Era: 1986-1995

58. Horatio Sanz
Era: 1998-2006

57. Denny Dillon
Era: 1980-1981

56. Paul Shaffer
Era: 1975-1980

55. Jay Pharoah
Era: 2010-Present

54. Lorne Michaels
Era: 1975-1980, 1985-Present

Screen-Shot-2014-10-02-at-6.59.45-AM 53. Tracy Morgan
Era: 1996-2003

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 14: Actor Will Forte of 'Life of Crime' poses at the Guess Portrait Studio during 2013 Toronto International Film Festival on September 14, 2013 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage) 52. Will Forte
Era: 2002-2010

51. Pamela Stephenson
Era: 1984-1985

50. Nasim Pedrad
Era: 2009-2014

49. Darrell Hammond
Era: 1995-2009

48. Tim Meadows
Era: 1991-2000

47. Jane Curtin
Era: 1975-1980

KenanThompson 46. Kenan Thompson
Era: 2003-Present

45. Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Era: 1982-1985

rob_schneider_2013a-1 44. Rob Schneider
Era:1990-1994

43. Vanessa Bayer
Era: 2010-Present

42. Don Novello
Era: 1978-1980, 1985-1986

41. Taran Killam
Era: 2010-Present

40. Molly Shannon
Era: 1995-2001

39. Cecily Strong
Era: 2012-Present

38. Don Pardo
Era: 1975-1981, 1982-2014

37. Kate McKinnon
Era: 2012-Present

jimmy-fallon-1024 36. Jimmy Fallon
Era: 1998-2004

35. Chris Parnell
Era: 1998-2006

34. Dennis Miller
Era: 1985-1991

33. Ana Gasteyer
Era: 1996-2002

32. Tim Kazurinsky
Era: 1981-1984

31. Christopher Guest
Era: 1984-1985

30. Billy Crystal
Era: 1984-1985

29. Martin Short
Era: 1984-1985

28. Seth Meyers
Era: 2001-2014

david-spade 27. David Spade
Era: 1990-1996

26. Jan Hooks
Era:1986-1991

25. Jason Sudeikis
Era: 2005-2013

24. Laraine Newman
Era: 1975-1980

23. Fred Armisen
Era: 2002-2013

22. Andy Samberg
Era: 2005-2012

2011-topic-celeb-chris-rock 21. Chris Rock
Era: 1990-1993

20. Al Franken
Era: 1975-1980, 1985-1995

19. Jon Lovitz
Era: 1985-1990

18. Maya Rudolph
Era: 2000-2007

adam-sandler-net-worth 17. Adam Sandler
Era: 1990-1995

16. Rachel Dratch
Era: 1999-2006

Chris_Farley 15. Chris Farley
Era: 1990-1995

14. Kristen Wiig
Era: 2005-2012

13. Bill Hader
Era: 2005-2013

ferrell-1111 12. Will Ferrell
Era: 1995-2002

11. Dana Carvey
Era: 1986-1993

chevy_chase 10. Chevy Chase
Era: 1975-1977

9. Gilda Radner
Era: 1975-1980

Amy-Poehler 8. Amy Poehler
Era: 2001-2008

7. Phil Hartman
Era: 1986-1994

murray-mmnet_c0d7b094518e 6. Bill Murray
Era: 1977-1980

da-sized 5. Dan Aykroyd
Era: 1975-1979

20140617-mm-x624-1403110717 4. Mike Myers
Era: 1989-1995

hd-aspect-1456765369-tina-index 3. Tina Fey
Era: 2000-2006

MV5BMTc0NDQzODAwNF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwMzUzNTk3._V1_UY317_CR6,0,214,317_AL_ 2. Eddie Murphy
Era:1980-1984

1401x788-140243471 1. John Belushi
Era: 1975-1979

SOURCE: http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/lists/saturday-night-live-all-141-cast-members-ranked-20150211/

 

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