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The original cast (l to r): Laraine Newman, John Belushi, Jane Curtin, Gilda Radner, Dan Aykroyd, Garrett Morris, and Chevy Chase SNL Original Cast.jpg
The original cast (l to r): Laraine Newman, John Belushi, Jane Curtin, Gilda Radner, Dan Aykroyd, Garrett Morris, and Chevy Chase

As of September 2018, the late-night live variety series Saturday Night Live (SNL) has featured 151 cast members. The ensemble was originally referred to as the "Not Ready For Prime Time Players."

<i>Saturday Night Live</i> American late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show

Saturday Night Live (SNL) is an American late-night live television variety show created by Lorne Michaels and developed by Dick Ebersol. The show premiered on NBC on October 11, 1975, under the original title NBC's Saturday Night. The show's comedy sketches, which often parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying cast of repertory and newer cast members. Each episode is hosted by a celebrity guest, who usually delivers the opening monologue and performs in sketches with the cast as with featured performances by a musical guest. An episode normally begins with a cold open sketch that ends with someone breaking character and proclaiming, "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!", properly beginning the show.


All cast members

The list below includes both repertory and featured players past and present, but omits SNL writers and others who were not listed as cast members during the show's credits. The dates given are those of the years they were part of the cast. The chart also shows whether the cast member has served as a guest host, appeared as the anchorperson of the "Weekend Update" segment (by any of its titles), or has been the subject of their own "Best of" home video collection. Many of the cast members were writers as well. "Middle group" performers are introduced after the main cast by the announcer saying "...with" and reading off these performers before ending with featured players.

PerformerTime on SNLNo. of seasonsRepertory PlayerFeatured PlayerMiddle Group"Weekend Update" AnchorHosted Best of... Writer
Fred Armisen 20022013 11Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Dan Aykroyd 19751979 4Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Peter Aykroyd 1980 1Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Morwenna Banks 1995 1Green check.svg
Vanessa Bayer 20102017 7Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Jim Belushi 19831985 2Green check.svgGreen check.svg
John Belushi 19751979 4Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Beck Bennett 2013present6Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Jim Breuer 19951998 3Green check.svg
Paul Brittain 20102012 2Green check.svg
A. Whitney Brown 19861991 6Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Aidy Bryant 2012present7Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Beth Cahill 1991–1992 1Green check.svg
Dana Carvey 19861993 7Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Chevy Chase 1975-1976 2Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Michael Che 2014present5Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Ellen Cleghorne 19911995 4Green check.svgGreen check.svg
George Coe 1975 1Green check.svg
Billy Crystal 1984–1985 1Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Jane Curtin 19751980 5Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Joan Cusack 1985–1986 1Green check.svg
Pete Davidson 2014present5Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Tom Davis 19771980 3Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Mikey Day 2016present3Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Denny Dillon 1980–1981 1Green check.svg
Jim Downey 1980 1Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Robert Downey Jr. 1985–1986 1Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Brian Doyle-Murray 1980
2Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Rachel Dratch 19992006 7Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Robin Duke 19811984 4Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Nora Dunn 19851990 5Green check.svg
Christine Ebersole 1981–1982 1Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Dean Edwards 20012003 2Green check.svg
Abby Elliott 20082012 4Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Chris Elliott 1994–1995 1Green check.svg
Jimmy Fallon 19982004 6Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Siobhan Fallon 1991–1992 1Green check.svg
Chris Farley 19901995 5Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Will Ferrell 19952002 7Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Tina Fey 20002006 6Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Will Forte 20022010 8Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Al Franken 19771980
12Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Heidi Gardner 2017present2Green check.svg
Janeane Garofalo 1994–1995 1Green check.svg
Ana Gasteyer 19962002 6Green check.svg
Gilbert Gottfried 1980–1981 1Green check.svg
Mary Gross 19811985 4Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Christopher Guest 1984–1985 1Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Bill Hader 20052013 8Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Anthony Michael Hall 1985–1986 1Green check.svg
Brad Hall 19821984 2Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Rich Hall 1984–1985 1Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Darrell Hammond 19952009 14Green check.svg
Phil Hartman 19861994 8Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Jan Hooks 19861991 5Green check.svg
Yvonne Hudson 1980–1981 1Green check.svg
Melanie Hutsell 19911994 3Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Victoria Jackson 19861992 6Green check.svg
Leslie Jones 2014present5Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Colin Jost 2014present6Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Chris Kattan 19962003 8Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Tim Kazurinsky 19811984 4Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Laura Kightlinger 1994–1995 1Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Taran Killam 20102016 6Green check.svgGreen check.svg
David Koechner 1995–1996 1Green check.svg
Gary Kroeger 19821985 3Green check.svg
Matthew Laurance 1980–1981 1Green check.svg
Julia Louis-Dreyfus 19821985 3Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Jon Lovitz 19851990 5Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Norm Macdonald 19931998 5Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Gail Matthius 1980–1981 1Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Michael McKean 19941995 2Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Mark McKinney 19951997 3Green check.svg
Kate McKinnon 2012present7Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Tim Meadows 19912000 10Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Laurie Metcalf 1981 1Green check.svg
Seth Meyers 20012014 13Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
John Milhiser 2013–2014 1Green check.svg
Dennis Miller 19851991 6Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Jerry Minor 2000–2001 1Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Finesse Mitchell 20032006 3Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Alex Moffat 2016present3Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Jay Mohr 19931995 2Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Kyle Mooney 2013present6Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Tracy Morgan 19962003 7Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Garrett Morris 19751980 5Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Bobby Moynihan 20082017 9Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Eddie Murphy 19801984 4Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Bill Murray 19771980 4Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Mike Myers 19891995 7Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Kevin Nealon 19861995 9Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Laraine Newman 19751980 5Green check.svg
Don Novello 1979–1980
2Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Luke Null 2017–2018 1Green check.svg
Ego Nwodim 2018present1Green check.svg
Mike O'Brien 2013–2014 1Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Michael O'Donoghue 1975 1Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Cheri Oteri 19952000 5Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Chris Parnell 19982006 8Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Nasim Pedrad 20092014 5Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Jay Pharoah 20102016 6Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Joe Piscopo 19801984 4Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Amy Poehler 20012008 8Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Emily Prager 1981 1Green check.svg
Randy Quaid 1985–1986 1Green check.svg
Colin Quinn 19962000 5Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Gilda Radner 19751980 5Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Chris Redd 2017present2Green check.svg
Jeff Richards 20012004 3Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Rob Riggle 2004–2005 1Green check.svg
Ann Risley 1980–1981 1Green check.svg
Tim Robinson 2012–2013 1Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Chris Rock 19901993 3Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Charles Rocket 1980–1981 1Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Tony Rosato 19811982 2Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Jon Rudnitsky 2015–2016 1Green check.svg
Maya Rudolph 20002007 7Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Andy Samberg 20052012 7Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Adam Sandler 19911995 5Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Horatio Sanz 19982006 8Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Tom Schiller 1980 1Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Rob Schneider 19901994 4Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Paul Shaffer 1979–1980 1Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Molly Shannon 19952001 7Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Harry Shearer 1979–1980
2Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Martin Short 1984–1985 1Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Sarah Silverman 1993–1994 1Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Jenny Slate 2009–2010 1Green check.svg
Robert Smigel 19911993 2Green check.svgGreen check.svg
David Spade 19901996 6Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Pamela Stephenson 1984–1985 1Green check.svg
Ben Stiller 1989 1Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Cecily Strong 2012present7Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Jason Sudeikis 20052013 9Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Julia Sweeney 19901994 4Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Terry Sweeney 1985–1986 1Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Kenan Thompson 2003present16Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Danitra Vance 1985–1986 1Green check.svg
Melissa Villaseñor 2016present3Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Dan Vitale 1985–1986 1Green check.svg
Nancy Walls 1995–1996 1Green check.svg
Michaela Watkins 2008–2009 1Green check.svg
Damon Wayans 1985–1986 1Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Patrick Weathers 1980–1981 1Green check.svg
Noël Wells 2013–2014 1Green check.svg
Brooks Wheelan 2013–2014 1Green check.svg
Kristen Wiig 20052012 7Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Casey Wilson 20082009 2Green check.svg
Fred Wolf 19961996 2Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Sasheer Zamata 20142017 4Green check.svgGreen check.svg
Alan Zweibel 1980 1Green check.svgGreen check.svg


Lighter colors denote "featured players" versus repertory cast members.

Saturday Night Live cast members


Longest tenures

These are the cast members who have spent at least 10 seasons on the show.

PerformerNo. of seasonsYears on the showNotes
Kenan Thompson 16 2003–presentThompson holds the record of being the longest-tenured cast member in the show's history. He was also the first cast member born after SNL's premiere in 1975 (Thompson was born in 1978) to have joined the show.
Darrell Hammond 14 19952009 Hired after a cast overhaul, he was the last cast member hired in the 1990s to leave the show, and the oldest cast member to leave the show (age 53 when he departed). In 2014, Hammond returned to the show as the announcer following the death of longtime announcer Don Pardo.
Seth Meyers 13 20012014 Meyers anchored Weekend Update from 2006 to 2014, making him the longest-serving Weekend Update anchor (breaking the records held by Dennis Miller and Tina Fey). He left the show to become the host of Late Night .
Fred Armisen 11 20022013 Armisen joined the show in season 28 and left at the end of season 38.
Al Franken 1977– 1980; 1986; 19881995 Hired as a writer at the beginning of the series, as the show progressed, Franken and Tom Davis were allowed to perform material on-air sporadically. He left the show in 1980, but returned when Lorne Michaels came back in 1985, regaining his writing and on-air featured status until 1995. Despite the long tenure, he was only credited for about 90 episodes. Franken later served as a United States Senator from Minnesota from 2008 to 2018.
Tim Meadows 10 19912000 Meadows joined the show in the second half of season 16, and left at the end of season 25 after ten seasons. At the time of his departure, he held the record for the longest consecutive tenure as a cast member.

Shortest tenures

These cast members spent less than a full 20-episode season on the show. [1]

PerformerNo. of episodesNotes
Emily Prager 0Hired by Dick Ebersol to be a featured player, she appeared in a few sketches at dress rehearsal in what would be the final episode of season six, due to the Writers' Guild of America going on strike in 1981. She did not return to the SNL cast in season seven. This technically makes her the shortest tenured SNL cast member. Although she did not appear in the single episode for which she was credited as a featured player, she had appeared uncredited in five previous episodes. [2]
Laurie Metcalf 1She also was hired as part of Ebersol's temporary season six cast following the termination of Jean Doumanian, and appeared on-camera in a Weekend Update piece. When the show was put on hiatus for retooling, she was not chosen to return to the show for the season seven cast.
Dan Vitale 3Hired as an on-and-off featured player for season 11, he was only credited with appearing in three episodes throughout the season.
Morwenna Banks 4She was hired as a repertory player for the last four episodes of season 20, but was let out of her contract as part of a major cast overhaul Lorne Michaels had planned for season 21.
Ben Stiller 4Before becoming a cast member, he submitted a short film – a parody of the film The Color of Money – that was shown on the season 12 episode hosted by Charlton Heston. He was hired during season 14, but quit after four episodes due to creative differences. Despite this, he returned to host in 1998 and 2011 and had a recurring role as Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's ex-lawyer.
Fred Wolf 4He's been a writer since 1992. However, he became a featured player in near the end season 21 for the last four episodes, however, he only appeared and was credited for episodes 17, 18, and 20. His last episode was in the 3rd episode of the 22nd season. After that episode, he decided to leave the show for good.
Tom Schiller 7One of the show writers who was upgraded to cast member status during season five, he left the show at the end of the season.
Patrick Weathers 7Hired as a featured cast member for season six, he was fired along with many of Doumanian's cast.
George Coe 8He was one of the original "Not-Ready-for-Primetime Players", because NBC wanted someone older in the cast. He was credited for only the first three episodes, though he continued to make several uncredited appearances throughout the first season. He was later known for voicing the valet Woodhouse in the animated series Archer .
Yvonne Hudson 8She was a recurring extra during season five, and became the first black female cast member in season six. Like many of Doumanian's cast, she was fired mid-season.
Jim Downey 9He was hired as one of many writers-turned-feature players in season five, and though he left the cast after the season, he returned to the show as a writer in the mid-1980s and has remained with it.
Matthew Laurance 10Hired as a feature player during season six, he was fired as part of the mid-season overhaul.
Alan Zweibel 11A writer for the show before joining the cast in season five, he left after the season finale.
Gilbert Gottfried 12He joined the cast for season six and was fired as part of the mid-season overhaul.
Michael O'Donoghue 12One of the original "Not Ready for Primetime Players" and the show's first head writer, he was dropped as a cast member after a few episodes. He remained with the show as a writer (leaving and returning twice) and occasional on-screen performer.
Ann Risley 12She joined the cast for season six and was fired as part of the mid-season overhaul.
Charles Rocket 12He joined the cast for season six and was fired as part of the mid-season overhaul, after having dropped an f-bomb one episode prior.
Damon Wayans 12Hired for season 11 as a featured player, he was fired mid-season for improvising on the air. He returned as a guest to perform stand-up comedy on season 11's last episode and hosted SNL in 1995.
Beth Cahill 13She joined the show during season 17 as an off-and-on featured player. She did not return the following season, as she was fired along with castmate Siobhan Fallon.
Denny Dillon 13She joined the cast for season six and was let go after the finale as part of the cast overhaul. She auditioned for the show's first season, but did not make the cut.
Gail Matthius 13She joined the cast for season six and was let go after the season ended.
Paul Shaffer 13After being the band's pianist for the first five seasons, he joined the cast during season five, but left after the finale. He hosted SNL in 1987, making him the only member of the house band to do so.
Janeane Garofalo 14She joined the cast during season 20, but quit mid-season due to creative differences.
Michaela Watkins 15She joined the show on the first episode after the 2008 United States presidential election, then was let go before the start of season 35.
Peter Aykroyd 16He joined the show midway through season five, but left at the end of the season, after only 16 episodes.

Youngest cast members

PerformerAge when joined showTenure
Anthony Michael Hall 17 years old1985–1986
Eddie Murphy 19 years old1980–1984
Robert Downey Jr. 20 years, 5 months1985–1986
Pete Davidson 20 years, 10 months2014–present
Abby Elliott 21 years, 5 months2008–2012
Julia Louis-Dreyfus 21 years, 8 months1982–1985
Sarah Silverman 22 years, 9 months1993–1994
Jay Pharoah 22 years, 11 months2010–2016

Oldest cast members

PerformerAge when joined showTenure
Leslie Jones 47 years2014–present
George Coe 46 years, 155 days1975
Michael McKean 46 years, 147 days1994–1995
Darrell Hammond 39 years old1995–2009
Garrett Morris 38 years, 8 months1975–1980
Phil Hartman 38 years, 1 month1986–1994
Mike O'Brien 37 years old2013–2014
Michaela Watkins 36 years, 11 months2008–2009
Don Novello 36 years, 10 months1979-1980; 1985-1986
Colin Quinn 36 years, 9 months1996–2000
Christopher Guest 36 years, 8 months1984–1985

After 14 seasons, Hammond left as the show's oldest active cast member, ending his tenure at 53 years during his final season in 2009.

President of the United States impressionists

Portraying the sitting President of the United States is considered "about as high [...] an honor that can be bestowed upon a cast member." [3]

PresidentPerformer (years)
Gerald Ford Chevy Chase (1975–76)
Jimmy Carter Dan Aykroyd (1977–79)
Joe Piscopo (1980–81)
Ronald Reagan Charles Rocket (1981)
Joe Piscopo (1981–84)
Harry Shearer (1984)
Randy Quaid (1985–86)
Phil Hartman (1986–89)
George H. W. Bush Dana Carvey (1989–93)
Bill Clinton Phil Hartman (1993–94)
Michael McKean (1994–95)
Darrell Hammond (1995–2001)
George W. Bush Will Ferrell (2001–2002)
Chris Parnell (2002–2003)
Darrell Hammond (2003)
Will Forte (2004–2006)
Jason Sudeikis (2006–2008)
Barack Obama Fred Armisen (2009–12)
Jay Pharoah (2012–16)
Donald Trump Alec Baldwin [n 1] (2017–present)

Darrell Hammond had the longest tenure portraying a U.S. president, with Bill Clinton from 1995–2001, and George W. Bush during 2003. Hammond also portrayed Richard Nixon in season 34, episode 12.

Richard Nixon 37th president of the United States

Richard Milhous Nixon was an American politician who served as the 37th president of the United States from 1969 to 1974. He had previously served as the 36th vice president of the United States from 1953 to 1961, and prior to that as both a U.S. representative and senator from California.

The thirty-fourth season of Saturday Night Live, an American sketch comedy series, originally aired in the United States on NBC between September 13, 2008, and May 16, 2009.

There was also a sketch featuring Chris Farley, David Spade, Chris Elliott, Adam Sandler, and Tim Meadows auditioning for the role of Clinton. There was also a gag in a 2001 sketch with Tracy Morgan filling in for Will Ferrell as George W. Bush.

Chris Farley American actor and comedian

Christopher Crosby Farley was an American actor and comedian. Farley was known for his loud, energetic comedic style, and was a member of Chicago's Second City Theatre and later a cast member of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live between 1990 and 1995. He then went on to pursue a film career, starring in films such as Tommy Boy, Black Sheep and Beverly Hills Ninja. Farley died of a drug overdose at the age of 33.

David Spade American stand-up comedian

David Wayne Spade is an American actor, stand-up comedian, writer, and television personality. He rose to fame in the 1990s as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, then began a successful acting career in both film and television. He also starred or co-starred in the films Tommy Boy, Black Sheep, Joe Dirt, Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser, Grown Ups, and Grown Ups 2, among others.

Chris Elliott American actor, writer and comedian

Christopher Nash Elliott is an American actor, comedian, and writer. He is best known for his comedic sketches on Late Night with David Letterman, starring in the comedy series Get a Life on Fox TV and Eagleheart on Adult Swim, as well as his recurring roles as Peter MacDougall on Everybody Loves Raymond and as Mickey Aldrin on How I Met Your Mother. He has also starred in the films Cabin Boy, There's Something About Mary, Scary Movie 2, and Groundhog Day. He is currently starring as Roland Schitt on CBC Television's Schitt's Creek.

Another noteworthy presidential portrayal was that of Dan Aykroyd as former president Nixon from 1975–79.

Dan Aykroyd Canadian film actor

Daniel Edward Aykroyd,, is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, musician and filmmaker who was an original member of the "Not Ready for Prime Time Players" on Saturday Night Live (1975–1979). A musical sketch he performed with John Belushi on SNL, the Blues Brothers, turned into an actual performing band and then the 1980 film The Blues Brothers.

The web short Presidential Reunion , released in 2010 and produced by Funny or Die, reunites six SNL cast members who have portrayed sitting presidents. The cast members span all the sitting presidents that have been portrayed on SNL up to 2010 with the exception of Ronald Reagan. Jim Carrey portrayed Ronald Reagan in the web short because two of the actors who had portrayed Reagan had died, and the remaining three had declined to appear in the reunion. Although he was never a cast member for SNL, Carrey did audition to be a cast member for the 1980–81 season and has hosted the show in May 1996, January 2011, and October 2014.

Donald Trump, having been a public figure before being president, was portrayed by several cast members over the years. He was portrayed by Phil Hartman (1988–90), Darrell Hammond (1999–11, 2015–16), Jason Sudeikis (2012) and Taran Killam (2015).

Emmy Awards

The Primetime Emmy Awards are presented by the American Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. These are the cast members who won or were nominated for an Emmy for their work while in the cast.

1976 Chevy Chase Performance in a Variety or Music Program - Supporting Actor Won
1977 Nominated
John Belushi Nominated
Gilda Radner Performance in a Variety or Music Program - Supporting ActressNominated
1978 Dan Aykroyd Performance in a Variety or Music Program - Supporting ActorNominated
John BelushiNominated
Jane Curtin Performance in a Variety or Music Program - Supporting ActressNominated
Gilda RadnerWon
1984 Eddie Murphy Performance in a Variety or Music ProgramNominated
Joe Piscopo Nominated
1985 Billy Crystal Nominated
1986 Jon Lovitz Nominated
1987 Nominated
1989 Dana Carvey Nominated
1990 Nominated
1991 Nominated
1992 Nominated
1993 Won
1994 Phil Hartman Nominated
Mike Myers Nominated
2000 Molly Shannon Nominated
2001 Will Ferrell Nominated
2008 Amy Poehler Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
2009 Nominated
Kristen Wiig Nominated
2010 Nominated
2011 Nominated
2012 Nominated
Bill Hader Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2013 Nominated
2014 Kate McKinnon Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesNominated
2015 Nominated
2016 Won
2017 Won [4]
Vanessa Bayer Nominated
Leslie Jones Nominated
2018 Aidy Bryant Nominated
Leslie JonesNominated
Kate McKinnonNominated
Kenan Thompson Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesNominated

Both cast and hosts

34 former SNL cast members have come back to host the show. The first former cast member to come back and host the show was Chevy Chase in February 1978, and the most recent former cast member to join the list was Seth Meyers, who joined in October 2018. Three cast members are part of the Five-Timers Club: Chevy Chase, Tina Fey, and Bill Murray.

HostNumber of
First hostedLast hosted
Fred Armisen 1May 21, 2016
Dan Aykroyd 1May 17, 2003
Dana Carvey 4October 22, 1994February 5, 2011
Chevy Chase 8 [5] February 18, 1978February 15, 1997
Billy Crystal 2March 17, 1984May 12, 1984
Robert Downey Jr. 1November 16, 1996
Jimmy Fallon 3December 17, 2011April 15, 2017
Chris Farley 1October 25, 1997
Will Ferrell 4May 14, 2005January 27, 2018
Tina Fey 6February 23, 2008May 19, 2018
Bill Hader 2October 11, 2014March 17, 2018
Phil Hartman 2March 23, 1996November 23, 1996
Julia Louis-Dreyfus 3May 13, 2006April 16, 2016
Jon Lovitz 1November 8, 1997
Norm Macdonald 1October 23, 1999
Michael McKean 1November 3, 1984
Seth Meyers 1October 13, 2018
Tracy Morgan 2March 14, 2009October 17, 2015
Eddie Murphy 2December 11, 1982December 15, 1984
Bill Murray 5March 7, 1981February 20, 1999
Mike Myers 1March 22, 1997
Don Novello 2January 14, 1984May 12, 1984
Amy Poehler 2September 25, 2010December 19, 2015
Chris Rock 2November 2, 1996November 1, 2014
Maya Rudolph 1February 18, 2012
Andy Samberg 1May 17, 2014
Adam Sandler 1May 4, 2019
Paul Shaffer 1January 31, 1987
Molly Shannon 1May 12, 2007
Martin Short 3December 6, 1986December 15, 2012
Sarah Silverman 1October 4, 2014
David Spade 2November 7, 1998March 12, 2005
Ben Stiller 2October 24, 1998October 8, 2011
Damon Wayans 1April 8, 1995
Kristen Wiig 2May 11, 2013November 19, 2016

"SNL Curse"

Although SNL is best known as the launchpad for many successful careers, nine former cast members have died before the age of 60. This has given rise to a superstition known as the "Saturday Night Live Curse". [6] [7] [8]

Cast memberAgeDate of deathCause of death
John Belushi 33March 5, 1982Belushi died of a drug overdose from a speedball injection (cocaine and heroin). His death led to the conviction of Cathy Smith for administering the fatal injection.
Gilda Radner 42May 20, 1989Radner died from ovarian cancer. She was originally scheduled to host the season 13 finale, a first for a former female cast member. However, SNL was canceled due to a Writer's Guild of America (WGA) strike. Radner's health worsened the following year. Moments before the season 14 finale, news broke of Radner's death. In lieu of the opening monologue Steve Martin, visibly shaken, introduced a replay of the "Dancing in the Dark" sketch he and Radner had performed in a 1978 episode; [9] her ex-husband G. E. Smith performed a musical tribute to Radner with the SNL Band.
Danitra Vance 40August 21, 1994Vance died of breast cancer, which had returned after a remission three years earlier.
Michael O'Donoghue 54November 8, 1994O'Donoghue died from cerebral hemorrhage after suffering from severe chronic migraine headaches for most of his life. Bill Murray honored O'Donoghue's memory in an appearance on a season 20 episode [10] (hosted by Sarah Jessica Parker with musical guest R.E.M.) by replaying his sketch "Mr. Mike's Least Loved Bedtime Stories: The Soiled Kimono" from 1977. [11]
Chris Farley 33December 18, 1997Similar to Belushi, Farley died of a drug overdose from a speedball. His death occurred less than two months after he came back to host SNL, which turned out to be his final television appearance.
Phil Hartman 49May 28, 1998Hartman was murdered by his wife, Brynn, while he slept in his Encino, California, home. Before committing this crime, Brynn had allegedly consumed a combination of cocaine, alcohol, and the antidepressant drug Zoloft, and later killed herself. During SNL's 25th anniversary special in 1999, several of Hartman's peers honored his memory by replaying his sketch "Love is a Dream" from 1988.
Charles Rocket 56October 7, 2005Rocket was found dead in his Canterbury, Connecticut, backyard. Local police concluded his death a suicide; Rocket had allegedly taken his own life by slashing his throat with a box cutter.
Tom Davis 59July 19, 2012Davis died from head and neck cancer.
Jan Hooks 57October 9, 2014Hooks died of throat cancer after a long illness. [12]

See also


  1. Alec Baldwin performed the impersonation on a recurring guest basis, and not as a member of the cast.

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<i>Saturday Night Live</i> (season 1) season of television series

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<i>Saturday Night Live</i> parodies of Sarah Palin

The sketch comedy television show Saturday Night Live aired several critically acclaimed sketches parodying then Alaskan Governor and vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin in the lead-up to the 2008 United States presidential election. The sketches featured former cast member Tina Fey, who returned as a guest star to portray Palin. Fey won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her impersonation of Palin.

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Presidential Reunion is an American comedy Web short directed by Ron Howard and starring Saturday Night Live cast members who parodied Presidents Ford to Obama. The skit was released onto the Funny or Die website on March 3, 2010 and received mixed to negative reviews.

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The sketch comedy television show Saturday Night Live (SNL) has for almost three decades aired a number of sketches parodying Hillary Clinton, from her time as First Lady, and during both her presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2016.

This article is about the most recent history of Saturday Night Live from 2015 through 2019.

<i>Saturday Night Live</i> parodies of Donald Trump

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The 42nd President of the United States Bill Clinton has been parodied on Saturday Night Live (SNL) since 1992. Clinton was in office 1993-2001, and has been portrayed on the show over a hundred times, most often by Darrell Hammond.


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