SNL Cast - Round 2c


SNL Cast Members

It's been in our lives for almost 50 years now, and it's more than just a cultural institution. It's part of the very fabric of pop culture. And over the years, we've seen some amazing comedians come through the cast (we've also seen some pretty lame ones, but that's for another bracket). But who is the best of the best? There's only one way to find out! Let's vote!

Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger - Round 2

(1) John Belushi v (9) Seth Meyers

Jake Blues, Joe Cocker, Samurai Futaba, Owner of the Olympia Cafe: indelible characters performed by the man who received the top spot in Rolling Stone’s ranking of all 141 cast members in 2015, writing, “Belushi was the 'live' in Saturday Night Live”

 From 2001-2014 there is almost nothing Myers did not do while at SNL. Recurring Characters? Check. Timely Impressions? Check. Head Writer? Check. Weekend Update Anchor? Check. Just for good measure, he even returned to host in 2018.

(5) Maya Rudolph v (4) Adam Sandler

Maya Rudolph is simply one of a kind, and she’s become a SNL institution. Whether it’s her impressions of people like Beyonce, Michelle Obama, or Kamala Harris, or the dozens of original characters she’s created, she’s part of the fabric of Studio 8H.

Sandler was as well known for his songs as he was recurring characters. Thanksgiving Song, Chanukah Song, and Lunch Lady Land are classic SNL bits that have stood the test of time. Not to mention recurring characters like Opera Man and Canteen Boy.

(6) Chevy Chase v (3) Mike Myers

While only in the cast for a season and a half, Chase used his physical comedy to impress us with characters like his bumbling President Gerald Ford. Additionally, Chase was the first ever Weekend Update anchor and set a very high bar for anchors that followed.

If you have a memory of SNL in the 90s there is no doubt this man is part of it. Wayne, Dieter, Linda Richmond, and the list goes on. Myers was an institution at SNL and helped bring relevance and out and out laughs back to a show that had been struggling.

(7) David Spade v (2) Kristin Wiig

The man who made sarcasm into a career was on SNL until 1996. The Hollywood Minute, Spade in America, Dick Clark’s receptionist, and of course his flight attendant were all proof that when played correctly and ably, being mean can make you laugh just as hard as being funny. Buh bye.

From 2005-2012, no one did it better on SNL than Wiig. Whether it was Gilly, The Target Lady, or Doonese, Wiig was ever present and always funny. She was equally adept at leading the scene or sharing it with any one of her talented cast mates.


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