The Top 20 SNL Comedians

A small list of actors/actresses who went far and beyond life after SNL. They aren't in the order of best to worst, just a listing of honorable mentions associated with SNL over the years.
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Will Ferrell
John William Ferrell was born in Irvine, California, to Betty Kay (Overman), a teacher, and Roy Lee Ferrell, Jr., a musician. His parents were both originally from Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. A graduate of the University of Southern California, Ferrell became interested in performing while a student at University High School in Irvine...
“ Hillarious! If you seen one of his films you have to see the rest! Granted he is not a serious actor, but he doesn't have to be! "Scotch scotch scotch. down to my belly". ” - ajain440
Eddie Murphy
Edward Regan Murphy was born April 3, 1961 in Brooklyn, New York, to Lillian, a telephone operator, and Charles Edward Murphy, a transit police officer who was also an amateur comedian and actor. After his father died, his mother married Vernon Lynch, a foreman at a Breyer's Ice Cream plant. His siblings are Charlie Murphy and Vernon Lynch...
“ Vintage SNL cast member 1980-1984 and I remember him getting #10 on Comedy Central's Greatest Stand-ups of All Time.He's produced, written and even sang, not one of his strong suits but he knew Rick James! Yes he made millions off of a family of fatties, but he also helped a transvestite hooker to get home safely! ” - ajain440
Adam Sandler
Adam Richard Sandler was born September 9, 1966 in Brooklyn, New York, to Judith (Levine), a teacher at a nursery school, and Stanley Alan Sandler, an electrical engineer. He is of Russian Jewish descent. At 17, he took his first step towards becoming a stand-up comedian when he spontaneously took the stage at a Boston comedy club...
“ He's funny. Did you know he was on the Cosby Show, he was Theo's friend. Adam was a writer for SNL and in 1990 they put him on...kinda like Jimmy Fallon. ” - ajain440
David Spade
Comic brat extraordinaire David Spade was born on July 22, 1964, in Birmingham, Michigan, the youngest of three brothers. He is the son of Judith J. (Meek), a writer and editor, and Wayne M. Spade, a sales rep, and is of German, English, Irish, and Scottish descent. Raised in both Scottsdale (from age four) and Casa Grande...
“ That pop commercial with the neighbor in the pool...classic David. ” - ajain440
Mike Myers
Michael John Myers was born in 1963 in Scarborough, Ontario, to Alice E. (Hind), an officer supervisor, and Eric Myers, an insurance agent. His parents were both English, and had served in the Royal Air Force and British Army, respectively. Myers' television career really started in 1988, when he joined Saturday Night Live...
“ Dr. Evil or as the kids recognize him, Shrek! So many parodies to remember him by, but most popular is Wayne's World! I do believe he got a Razzie Award for Worst Movie the Love Guru back in 2008. ” - ajain440
Chevy Chase
Chevy Chase was born Cornelius Crane Chase in Lower Manhattan, New York, to Cathalene Parker (Browning), a concert pianist and librettist, and Edward Tinsley "Ned" Chase, an editor and writer. His parents both came from prominent families, and his grandfathers were artist and illustrator Edward Leigh Chase and admiral Miles Browning...
“ One of the 3 Amigos, Dusty, I believe. Classic. Proof that comedic timing, does make all the difference... even on a road trip to Wally World. ” - ajain440
John Belushi
John Belushi was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA, on January 24, 1949, to Agnes Demetri (Samaras) and Adam Anastos Belushi, a restaurant owner. His father was an Albanian immigrant, from Qytezë, and his mother was also of Albanian descent. He grew up in Wheaton, where the family moved when he was six...
“ That scene in Animal House where that guy was serenading the ladies and he took his guitar and smashed it to bits, maybe one of the best movie moments ever. Not to forget the scene in Blues Brothers where he's begging his stood up fiancee' to not kill him is classic Belushi as well. ” - ajain440
Dan Aykroyd
Writer, Ghostbusters
Daniel Edward Aykroyd was born on July 1, 1952 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, to Lorraine Hélène (Gougeon), a secretary from a French-Canadian family, and Samuel Cuthbert Peter Hugh Aykroyd, a civil engineer who advised prime minister Pierre Trudeau. Aykroyd attended Carleton University in 1969, where he majored in Criminology and Sociology...
“ I love Dan. Ghostbusters. Coneheads. Tommy Boy. My Girl. SNL Alumni look up to the man. ” - ajain440
Chris Rock
Christopher Julius Rock was born in Andrews, South Carolina and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York. He is the son of Rosalie (Tingman), a teacher and social worker for the mentally handicapped, and Julius Rock, a truck driver and newspaper deliveryman, whose own father was a preacher. Rock has been in stand-up comedy for several decades...
“ Yup, he was on SNL. But he didn't stop there. He played a crackhead a reincarnated white guy a zebra named Marty and he has a show where everyone hates him. Not bad. ” - ajain440
“ Little Ned. My daughter watches the Cat In The Hat Knows Alot About That and she can't understand why I laugh more than she does, Martin is the voice of the Cat! ” - ajain440
Molly Shannon
Molly Shannon has successfully become one of Hollywood's most sought-after talents on television and the silver screen. Shannon was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio, to Mary Margaret (Keating), a teacher, and James Francis Shannon, a sales manager. Her parents were both of Irish descent. She earned a BFA in drama from New York University's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts...
“ Superstar!!!! ” - ajain440
Bill Murray
Bill Murray is an American actor, comedian, and writer. The fifth of nine children, he was born William James Murray in Wilmette, Illinois, to Lucille (Collins), a mailroom clerk, and Edward Joseph Murray II, who sold lumber. He is of Irish descent. Among his siblings are actors Brian Doyle-Murray, Joel Murray...
“ There is never enough space to write all his works. Groundhog Day/Caddyshack/GhostBusters/What About Bob/ Lost In Translation/ Rushmore/ The Royal Tennebaums.... ” - ajain440
Dana Carvey
One of SNL's most talented alumni, comedian Dana Carvey reigned supreme during his six-season run creating some of the show's most memorable characters, including "Church Lady", "Garth" of Wayne & Garth fame, Grumpy Old Man and bodybuilding "Hans" of Hans & Franz notoriety. So it is quite bewildering that this sharp and witty writer...
“ Although Master Of Disguise didn't do well, it wasn't as bad as others! Garth and his licorice... ” - ajain440
“ I love love Jon Lovitz! You remember that skit on SNL where he played the Devil who had been summoned to People's Court?! ” - ajain440
“ The Ladies Man. Tim is on here because of his "support roles' in SNL. He was never really a lead man and that's probably why he stayed a cast member longer than others..he is funny though. ” - ajain440
Rob Schneider
Robert Michael "Rob" Schneider (born October 31, 1963) is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and director. A stand-up comic and veteran of the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live, Schneider has gone on to a successful career in feature films, including starring roles in the comedy films Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, The Hot Chick, and Grown Ups.
“ Did you know Rob was the first Asian American to be on's so true! ” - ajain440
Chris Kattan
Christopher Lee Kattan was born in Sherman Oaks, California, to model Hajni Joslyn and actor Kip King. Chris moved to Mt. Baldy when he turned five, and resided there until the age of fifteen, when he moved to Bainbridge Island, Washington for high school. After he graduated from high school...
“ He's the best! Doug Butabi of the Butabi brothers- Night At The Roxbury. Peepers and my favorite SNL character, Mango. Not a very serious actor, it was kind of weird to see him be not-so-funny in House On Haunted Hill. ” - ajain440
Steve Martin
Writer, The Jerk
Steve Martin was born on August 14, 1945 in Waco, Texas, USA as Stephen Glenn Martin to Mary Lee (née Stewart; 1913-2002) and Glenn Vernon Martin (1914-1997), a real estate salesman and aspiring actor. He was raised in Inglewood and Garden Grove in California. In 1960, he got a job at the Magic shop of Disney's Fantasyland...
“ The list is so long! Another fellow Amigo...The Jerk...Bringin' Down The House with Queen many to choose over the years. And every time I visit the museum..I see that King Tut skit in my head! ” - ajain440
Maya Rudolph
Actress, Bridesmaids
Maya Rudolph was born in Gainesville, Florida, on July 27th, 1972, to Dick Rudolph, a music producer, and soul singer Minnie Riperton. Her mother was African-American and her father is Ashkenazi Jewish (from a family from Lithuania, Russia, Germany, and Hungary). In 1973, Maya, her parents, and her older brother...
“ She is finally doing her thing! Bridesmaids was awful but I love Maya. And so was MacGruber...but there is no pattern here, none at all. ” - ajain440
Phil Hartman
Phil Hartman was born Philip Edward Hartmann on September 24, 1948, in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. His surname was originally "Hartmann", but he later dropped the second "n". He was one of eight children of Doris Marguerite (Wardell) and Rupert Loebig Hartmann, a salesman. He was of German, Irish, and English descent...
“ Where was he on Pee Wee's Playhouse? Did you know he used to be a graphics artist designing album covers? He had a dead-on impression of Bill Clinton. ” - ajain440