Gracias, SNL

Oh SNL!  How many hours of delight have you provided me?  With your Coneheads, your Churchlady, your Coffee Talk, your Cowbell, your Dick in a Box . . .

Dare I say, Saturday Night Live is America’s greatest contribution to the world of comedy.  Yes.  I dareth.

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Although it’s not easy to catch clips of SNL on youtube (NBC are kinda sticklers about their product), you can watch clips and episodes on the official website here.

Thank you, SNL, for an afternoon of giggles, mock news and pop culture refreshment.  Now if only I could get my hands on some tickets . . .

 

List of cast members (pretty damn impressive)

As of September 2012, the show has featured 132 cast members. The list below includes both featured and repertory players, but omits SNL writers and others who weren’t listed as cast members during the show’s credits. The dates given are those of the years they were on the show. Also noted on the chart is whether the cast member ever served as an episode’s host, appeared as the anchor of the “Weekend Update” segment (under any of its titles), or has been the subject of their own “Best Of” home video collection.

Performer
(d) denotes deceased
Years Active Featured Player ONLY Repertory Player Weekend Update Anchor Hosted Best Of
George Coe 1975 Green tick
Michael O’Donoghue (d) 1975 Green tick
Chevy Chase 19751976 Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick
Dan Aykroyd 19751979 Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick
John Belushi (d) 19751979 Green tick Green tick
Jane Curtin 19751980 Green tick Green tick
Garrett Morris 19751980 Green tick
Laraine Newman 19751980 Green tick
Gilda Radner (d) 19751980 Green tick Green tick
Tom Davis (d) 19771980 Green tick
Bill Murray 19771980 Green tick Green tick Green tick
Al Franken 19771980
1985–1986
19881995
Green tick
Peter Aykroyd 1979–1980 Green tick
Jim Downey 1979–1980 Green tick
Tom Schiller 1979–1980 Green tick
Paul Shaffer 1979–1980 Green tick Green tick
Alan Zweibel 1979–1980 Green tick
Brian Doyle-Murray 1979–1980
1981–1982
Green tick Green tick
Harry Shearer 1979–1980
1984–1985
Green tick
Don Novello 1979–1980
1985–1986
Green tick Green tick
Denny Dillon 1980–1981 Green tick
Gilbert Gottfried 1980–1981 Green tick
Yvonne Hudson 1980–1981 Green tick
Matthew Laurance 1980–1981 Green tick
Gail Matthius 1980–1981 Green tick Green tick
Ann Risley 1980–1981 Green tick
Charles Rocket (d) 1980–1981 Green tick Green tick
Patrick Weathers 1980–1981 Green tick
Eddie Murphy 19801984 Green tick Green tick Green tick
Joe Piscopo 19801984 Green tick Green tick
Laurie Metcalf 1981 Green tick
Emily Prager 1981 Green tick
Christine Ebersole 1981–1982 Green tick Green tick
Tony Rosato 1981–1982 Green tick
Robin Duke 19811984 Green tick
Tim Kazurinsky 19811984 Green tick
Mary Gross 19811985 Green tick Green tick
Brad Hall 19821984 Green tick Green tick
Gary Kroeger 19821985 Green tick
Julia Louis-Dreyfus 19821985 Green tick Green tick
Jim Belushi 19831985 Green tick
Billy Crystal 1984–1985 Green tick Green tick Green tick
Christopher Guest 1984–1985 Green tick Green tick
Rich Hall 1984–1985 Green tick
Martin Short 1984–1985 Green tick Green tick
Pamela Stephenson 1984–1985 Green tick
Joan Cusack 1985–1986 Green tick
Robert Downey, Jr. 1985–1986 Green tick Green tick
Anthony Michael Hall 1985–1986 Green tick
Randy Quaid 1985–1986 Green tick
Terry Sweeney 1985–1986 Green tick
Danitra Vance (d) 1985–1986 Green tick
Dan Vitale 1985–1986 Green tick
Damon Wayans 1985–1986 Green tick Green tick
Nora Dunn 19851990 Green tick
Jon Lovitz 19851990 Green tick Green tick Green tick
A. Whitney Brown 19851991 Green tick
Dennis Miller 19851991 Green tick Green tick
Jan Hooks 19861991 Green tick
Victoria Jackson 19861992 Green tick
Dana Carvey 19861993 Green tick Green tick Green tick
Phil Hartman (d) 19861994 Green tick Green tick Green tick
Kevin Nealon 19861995 Green tick Green tick
Ben Stiller 1989 Green tick Green tick
Mike Myers 19891995 Green tick Green tick Green tick
Chris Rock 19901993 Green tick Green tick Green tick
Rob Schneider 19901994 Green tick
Julia Sweeney 19901994 Green tick
Chris Farley (d) 19901995 Green tick Green tick Green tick
David Spade 19901996 Green tick Green tick Green tick
Beth Cahill 1991–1992 Green tick
Siobhan Fallon 1991–1992 Green tick
Robert Smigel 19911993 Green tick
Melanie Hutsell 19911994 Green tick
Ellen Cleghorne 19911995 Green tick
Adam Sandler 19911995 Green tick Green tick
Tim Meadows 19912000 Green tick Green tick
Sarah Silverman 1993–1994 Green tick
Jay Mohr 19931995 Green tick
Norm Macdonald 19931998 Green tick Green tick Green tick
Chris Elliott 1994–1995 Green tick
Janeane Garofalo 1994–1995 Green tick
Laura Kightlinger 1994–1995 Green tick
Michael McKean 19941995 Green tick Green tick
Morwenna Banks 1995 Green tick
David Koechner 1995–1996 Green tick
Nancy Walls 1995–1996 Green tick
Fred Wolf 19951996 Green tick
Mark McKinney 19951997 Green tick
Jim Breuer 19951998 Green tick
Cheri Oteri 19952000 Green tick Green tick
Colin Quinn 19952000 Green tick Green tick
Molly Shannon 19952001 Green tick Green tick Green tick
Will Ferrell 19952002 Green tick Green tick Green tick
Darrell Hammond 19952009 Green tick Green tick
Ana Gasteyer 19962002 Green tick
Chris Kattan 19962003 Green tick Green tick
Tracy Morgan 19962003 Green tick Green tick Green tick
Chris Parnell 19982001
20022006
Green tick
Jimmy Fallon 19982004 Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick
Horatio Sanz 19982006 Green tick Green tick
Rachel Dratch 19992006 Green tick
Jerry Minor 2000–2001 Green tick
Tina Fey 20002006 Green tick Green tick Green tick
Maya Rudolph 20002007 Green tick Green tick
Dean Edwards 20012003 Green tick
Jeff Richards 20012004 Green tick
Amy Poehler 20012008 Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick
Seth Meyers 2001present Green tick Green tick
Will Forte 20022010 Green tick
Fred Armisen 2002present Green tick
Finesse Mitchell 20032006 Green tick
Kenan Thompson 2003present Green tick
Rob Riggle 2004–2005 Green tick
Andy Samberg 20052012 Green tick
Kristen Wiig 20052012 Green tick
Bill Hader 2005present Green tick
Jason Sudeikis 2005present Green tick
Michaela Watkins 2008–2009 Green tick
Casey Wilson 20082009 Green tick
Abby Elliott 20082012 Green tick
Bobby Moynihan 2008present Green tick
Jenny Slate 2009–2010 Green tick
Nasim Pedrad 2009present Green tick
Paul Brittain 20102012 Green tick
Vanessa Bayer 2010present Green tick
Taran Killam 2010present Green tick
Jay Pharoah 2010present Green tick
Aidy Bryant 2012present Green tick
Kate McKinnon 2012present Green tick
Tim Robinson 2012present Green tick
Cecily Strong 2012present Green tick
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