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6/19/2008 02:32:00 PM

Top Five SNL Cast Members

Will Ferrell
Will Ferrell was known for doing a great George Bush imitation on 'Saturday Night Live.'
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By Lang Whitaker, SI.com

This weekend marks the return to the megaplex of Mike Myers. After the declining humor of the Austin Powers series, Myers has been absent (at least in person) from the big screen for the last five years. Now, he's back in the hockey-heavy The Love Guru, which hopefully will remind us of Myers' days on Saturday Night Live, when his personal stock of characters -- from Dieter to Wayne -- were all winners. Here's my top five funniest SNL cast members. (And as you can see from my list, I'm a child of the '80s. When Dan Akroyd and those guys were on the show, I was like 2 years old. Sorry.)

1. Norm McDonald: Yep, I was one of those who loved McDonald, especially his breathtaking run hosting "Weekend Update." Hard for me to believe that anyone would find Norm not funny, except for perhaps an NBC executive.

2. Will Ferrell: Even though his best work has been on the big screen, on SNL he was always pitch-perfect as the normal guy who could turn creepy -- and funny -- quickly.

3. Tracy Morgan: Yes, he was a terrible actor, but his ridiculous skits (Brian Fellows, Astronaut Jones) were so strange that they worked.

4. Chris Farley: Seeing him smash through that table while playing Matt Foley still makes me laugh every time I see it. But I thought he was transcendent as a Gap girl.

5. Jon Lovitz: His characters were all similar -- sneering, boozy, uppity -- but he also managed to remain funny throughout.

Who are the funniest SNL cast members of all-time? Let us know below...

Lang Whitaker is the executive editor of SLAM magazine and writes daily at SLAMonline.com
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All Time
1.) Bill Murray
2.) Eddie Murphy
3.) Chris Farley
4.) Adam Sandler
5.) Mike Meyers

80's On
1.) Chris Farley
2.) Adam Sandler
3.) Mike Meyers
4.) Will Farrel
5.) Dana Carvey
Posted: June 19, 2008 3:57 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
"1. Norm McDonald"? That immediately invalidates the rest of the list. Seriously. He's not funny because 1) he tries waaaay to hard to be funny, and 2) has that smirk that says he wants you to be aware that he's being funny.
Posted: June 19, 2008 4:00 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
John Belushi - His "Samuari Tailor " was hilarious.
Posted: June 19, 2008 4:01 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Anthony Michael Hall!!!
Posted: June 19, 2008 4:06 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
I'm gonna break the mold on some of these. In no particular order...
Farley, Farrell, Darrell Hammond, Tina Fey, Phil Hartman.
Posted: June 19, 2008 4:13 PM   by Anonymous JFJ
How about Eddie Murphy?

Before he was Axel Foley, Reggie Hammond, Scott Roper, Billy Ray Valentine, or Prince Akeem in the movies he was Velvet Jones, Gumby, Mister Robinson, Tyrone Green and Little Richard Simmons on SNL, and he was side-splittingly funny.

Get his Best of SNL DVDs and see Eddie Murphy at comedic his best.
Posted: June 19, 2008 4:16 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Phil Hartman
Dana Carvey
Phil Hartman
Eddie Murphy
Bill Murray
Eddie Murphy
Posted: June 19, 2008 4:17 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
You cant do a top five list because I agree with yours...but so many others to be put in.

Phil Hartmann-The most talented actor to ever be on Saturday Night live

Darrell Hammond - His Sean Connery alone merits being put on the list

Adam Sandburg - He and Chris Parcell have brough the show back to live. Although don't get me started with them firing Parcells. Probably same lame NBC exec that's why they're in third

John Belushi- The one who started it all

Robert Downey Jr.- Just weird enough to make it edgy and he ROCKS as Ironman
Posted: June 19, 2008 4:19 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Any list that does not include Phil Hartman is ridiculous. Just his one line as Frank Sinatra - "I've got pieces of guys like you in my stool!" is enough to crack me up.

Here's my list:
1. Phil Hartman - my favorite is him as Sinatra, though his Bill Clinton was great, and the Anal Retentive Carpenter was too.

2. Chris Farley - "My name is Matt Foley.I am a motivational speaker. I live in a van down by the river" And who can forget Chippendales?

3. Dana Carvey - Ross Perot, GW Bush, the Church Lady, the broccoli song, Garth Algar, and tons more.

4. Adam Sandler - Opera Man, the Lunch lady song, the red hooded sweatshirt song, and so many more. Also, that boy scout skit with Alec Baldwin is one of the most cringe inducing things I've ever seen, but hilarious.

5. Mike Meyers - Wayne Campbell, Sprockets, and a lot of other great sketches.
Posted: June 19, 2008 4:23 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Will Farrell (Spartan Cheerleaders, Luv-vahs, and musical compilations)
Chris Farley (DOWN BY THE RIVER)
Phil Hartman
Eddie Murphy
Dana Carvey (chop the broccolli)
Posted: June 19, 2008 4:30 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
More like Murphy, Belushi, Farley, Murray, and Chase. Chase was awesome on SNL. He just sucked after the 80's to present day.
Posted: June 19, 2008 4:36 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Tracy freaking Morgan? You have him rated above Phil Hartman and Dana Carvey? Absolutely retarded.
Posted: June 19, 2008 4:40 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Phil Hartman
Dana Carvey
John Belushi
Dan Ackroyd
Eddie Murphy

Jon Lovitz
Tim Kazurinski
Adam Sandler
Posted: June 19, 2008 4:42 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Norm Macdonald? He's my all time favorite but I wouldn't put him on a top 5 list. As dominant as he was on "The Weekend Update", he didn't really have a character in the show itself. In an all time SNL cast, he'd do the "Weekend Update" but that's about it.
Also, credit is due to Fred Armisan on the current cast. Armisan could end up being the most diverse cast memeber in the show's history (over Hartman). Good list though.
Posted: June 19, 2008 5:37 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Eddie Murphy
Bill Murray
John Belushi
Mike Myers
Chris Farley
Posted: June 19, 2008 5:40 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
I too was a fan of Norm McDonald - but don't know that he is deserving of being on this list. Dennis Miller's Weekend Updates were better!

Christopher Walken - Sure, he wasn't a regular, but even folks that don't watch SNL know about his fever for more Cow Bell!

Mike Myers - Waynes World and Sprokets were both classic!

Dayna Carvey - Where would we be without GHWB and The Church Lady?

The original cast - Chevy, Bill, Gilda, Dan, etc.

Eddie Muphy

Joe Piscapo (he was better at being Sinatra then the Chairman himself)

Adam Sandler

Jimmy Fallon

CHRIS FARLEY - David Spade owes anything that he will ever be to this man!

Horatio Sanz - while he is usually just a bit part in the sketch, he looses it more than anyone who's ever been on the show (except maybe Jimmy Fallon) -

I agree that Tracy Morgan's over the top performances as Brian Fellows and more were great! I still wait for the Brian Fellows movie to come out in a direct to DVD release boxed with the Ladies Man

Tim Meadows.......Leon Phelps is an Icon of pop culture! How you can leave him off this list?

Phil Hartman - enough said.

John Lovitz - are you freaking kidding me????? He was useless- just like in ever movie he's tried to star in since he left the cast.

The new cast has some possible up and comers - but it's still too early to tell. Fred Armisan is really gaining momentum with his Obama character!
Posted: June 19, 2008 5:48 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Wow...even taking into consideration that reasonable opinions can differ, this list is remarkably bad. And I happen to be a rare fan of Norm's.

Would you omit Babe Ruth or Willie Mays from an all-time MLB list because you never saw them play? Of course not. You'd need to make clear that your list included only players from the
1980s and beyond.

1) Dan Akyroyd
2) Phil Hartman
3) John Belushi
4) Eddie Murphy
5) Gilda Radner

80s Beyond:
1) Phil Hartman
2) Eddie Murphy
3) Dana Carvey
4) Martin Short
5) Brad Hall (just kidding)
Posted: June 19, 2008 5:54 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Phil Hartman
John Bulushi
Will Farrel
Chris Farley
Eddie Murphy
Posted: June 19, 2008 6:51 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
What an absolutely ridiculous list.
Posted: June 19, 2008 6:54 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Yeah, Norm McDonald was never funny. Neither was Tracy Morgan for that matter. Leaving Eddie Murphy off this list is a crime.
Posted: June 19, 2008 6:55 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Any SNL list that does not include Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Phil Hartman is a fraud. Chris Farley was ... AWESOME ... so was Mike Meyers, Adam Sandler, Will Ferrel, Rob Schneider, and Tina Fey. The list can go on and on, but that is my first team and my second team. I'll put them up against any team you can come up with. Norm McDonald was not funny, he was the joke!
Posted: June 19, 2008 7:17 PM   by Anonymous Menschman
Norm McDonald and Jon Lovitz? That's a joke, right? Here's a legit Top 5:

1) John Belushi
2) Chris Farley
3) Bill Murray
4) Will Ferrell
5) Mike Meyers
Posted: June 19, 2008 7:29 PM   by Anonymous Mike B, Sacramento
The lack of historical perspective here is scary. Was JFK a lesser president in history because he was in office before we were born?

The real top 5 are:

1. Eddie Murphy
"Who Shot Buckwheat?" "I'm Gumby Damnit!" He had to carry the whole show the years that he was on.
2. John Belushi
Remember the Samurai character didn't even have lines. He was funny without jokes.
3. Bill Murray
That Todd guy and the movie award picks were killer.
4. Chevy Chase
Made the whole Weekend Update segment.
5. Dan Ackroyd
He'd be top 5 just on the strength of the Wild & Crazy Guys.
Posted: June 19, 2008 7:43 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Dana Carvey
Mike Myers
Adam Sandler
Eddie Murphy
Chris Farley
Posted: June 19, 2008 7:44 PM   by Anonymous mike
norm, tracy and lovitz are horrible picks. Who decided to pay you to write garbage?
Posted: June 19, 2008 8:21 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How old is this writer, 10?

Ever hear of a guy named Eddie Murphy?
Posted: June 19, 2008 8:28 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Astronaut jones may just be the funniest SNL sketch of all time. If you haven't seen it, go buy the best of Tracy Morgan CD
Posted: June 19, 2008 8:34 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
I am a child of the 70's when it all started. The list is:

1) Bill Murray
2) Dan Akryod
3) Gilda Radnor (Rosanna Rosanna Danna)
4) Eddie Murphy
5) Martin Short
Posted: June 19, 2008 9:04 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Posted: June 19, 2008 10:27 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Phil Hartman definitely deserves some consideration. He didn't really have any stock characters, but he instrumental to each episode's success from week to week. Eddie Murphy was SNL in the 80s, and the original Not-Ready-for-Primetime Players were all hall of famers.
Posted: June 19, 2008 11:16 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
All time top 5
1 Chris Farley
2 Phil Hartman
3 John Belushi
4 Eddie Murphy
5 Dana Carvey

80's through Present
1 Chris Farley
2 Phil Hartman
3 Dana Carvey
4 Mike Meyers
5 Will Ferrell
Posted: June 19, 2008 11:47 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
1.) Eddie Murphy
2.) Mike Meyers
3.) Will Ferrell
4.) Chris Rock
5.) Maya Rudolph
Posted: June 20, 2008 12:15 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
1. Bill Murray
2. Phil Hartman
3. Eddie Murphy
4. Phil Hartman
5. Mike Myers
Posted: June 20, 2008 1:08 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
My favorite 5:

1. Phil Hartman
2. Adam Sandler
3. Chris Farley
4. Will Ferrel
5. Dana Carvey
Posted: June 20, 2008 6:47 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Dennis Miller's "Weekend Update"
Posted: June 20, 2008 8:36 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How can you make this list without Phil Hartman?
Posted: June 20, 2008 8:56 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
What a terrible list. You need to first qualify your list as 80's on as what you have up there now is a terrible war crime against humanity. Then you must drop Tracy Morgan from your list and add Eddie Murphy or your will continue to look like a fool. I can't really argue against McDonald, Ferrell, Lovitz or Farley as they were all great but how can you leave off Myers and Dana Carvey? But the biggest omission for anyone who watched from the mid-80's on is the late, great Phil Hartman.
Posted: June 20, 2008 9:23 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
This might be one of the worst lists ever made! How can you place Tracy Morgan in there at all and especially ahead of Chris Farley. You also forgot my own personal favorite of the show, Phil Hartman, whose skits were comedic genius and his versatility matched only by Farely and Meyers. The better list: 1) Phil Hartman 2) John Belushi 3) Chris Farley 4) Mike Meyers 5) Will Farrell
Posted: June 20, 2008 9:25 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How can you have a best cast members list and not include Phil Hartman? Farley was good but his comedy was brainless. He made people laugh by looking ridiculous as an overweight man in certain situations. If he was skinny, nobody would know who he was.
Posted: June 20, 2008 9:35 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
To not include at least two of the fololowing people shows you have no idea.
Bill Murray
John Belushi
Eddie Murphy
Gilda Radner
Posted: June 20, 2008 9:59 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
What a horrible list. Even though you didn't know the early cast, no Phil Hartman? And Tracy Morgan being on the list period is a travesty. He's funny, but never outshined anybody. And what about Dana Carvey carrying the show for years?
Posted: June 20, 2008 10:15 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Aykroyd, Hartman, Murphy, Radnor, Piscopo
Posted: June 20, 2008 10:15 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
for you to put Norm on the list is a crime.
Posted: June 20, 2008 10:20 AM   by Anonymous Dave
Norm McDonald?!? Are you serial? He wouldn't make my top 30 list.

1. John Belushi.
2. Eddie Murphy
3. Dan Aykroyd
4. Gilda Radner
5. Bill Murray
6. Chris Farley
7. Will Ferrell
8. Phil Hartman
9. Michael Myers
10. Dana Carvey
1) will farrell
2) phil hartman
3) dana carvey
4) mike myers
5) norm macdonald (seriously, he's secretly a comic genious)
Posted: June 20, 2008 11:08 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Did everyone forget that Billy Crystal was on this show? The guy re-invented his entire career on SNL. Fernando, Sammy, Ali - give the guy his due!

He's on my list

1) Eddie Murphy
2) John Belushi
3) Phil Hartman
4) Chris Farley
5) Billy Crystal
Posted: June 20, 2008 11:12 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
The original cast ! ! !
& Eddie Murphy doing anything
Posted: June 20, 2008 11:34 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
christopher guest and billy crystal- 1984
Posted: June 20, 2008 11:36 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Ridiculous list indeed, the ladies Gilda Radner, Jane Curtain, Larraine Newman, true they weren’t big box office splash but they were IT there in the beginning with the guys, not necessarily in order,Steve Martin, Chevy Chase
Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi,Garret Morris. MY favorites!!!
Posted: June 20, 2008 11:47 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
1) John Belushi
2) Bill Murray
3) Eddie Murphy
4) Chris Farley
5) Chevy Chase-granted Chevy has lost it but he was money on SNL. The best Weekend Update anchor ever.

Honorable Mention-Dan Akyroyd
Posted: June 20, 2008 12:15 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
This is the worst list i have ever seen!
Posted: June 20, 2008 1:39 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Phil Hartman definately. And regarding Norm McDonald being on this list,to paraphrase Phil's Frank Sinatra, "I got chunks in my stool bigger than him."
Posted: June 20, 2008 1:56 PM   by Anonymous Michael
In no particular order

1. Will Farrell- really revived a great stretch of snl with his writing and characters

2. Chris Rock-
3. Dana Carvey
4. Phil Hartman
5. Eddie Murphy

I"ll go and defend Norm Mcdonald. I found him dry and funny. Not in the top 10, but good enough to argue a top 20 list. His human was hit or miss.
Posted: June 20, 2008 2:00 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
bill murray could make me laugh if i was was watching him sleep
eddie murphy by far was the funniest i had ever seen on snl and i can go back to the beginning when they were on opposite second city.
Posted: June 20, 2008 3:03 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
The worst list Ive ever seeen.

Here is the real deal,

1. Dan Ackroyd
1.5, Gilda Radner
2. Mike Myers
3. Will Farrell
4. Eddie Murphy
5. Phil Hartman
Posted: June 20, 2008 3:03 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How can you forget about Martin Short?
Posted: June 20, 2008 3:26 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
If you're not going to include Belushi, Ackroyd, or Bill Murray call it the best of SLN 1980's or something not the best of all time.
Posted: June 20, 2008 3:38 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Will Farrel as Niel Diamond singing with Bigfoot, is an all time great.
Posted: June 20, 2008 3:40 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
I agree with the consensus that the original list is one of the worst Top X Lists ever published. My personal list is closer to Dave's with John Belushi's duet with Joe Cocker at the top of my list. Some people are combining repeat hosts with cast members. Accordingly, if you are to judge somebody on their body of work throwing in their SNL appearances, one of the top 5 would have to be Buck Henry, most notably as the foil for John Belushi's Samuri Warrior.
Posted: June 20, 2008 3:41 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Wow, that list is terrible! Maybe you should do some research and watch the early years when it was really funny!

My list:
1. Belushi -watch his Elizabeth Taylor skit - hilarious!
2. Bill Murray - Todd was awesome!
3. Akroyd and Steve Martin (tie) - the Wild and Crazy guys with their bulges!
4. Eddie Murphy - "Hot tub! Will it make me sweat? Hot Tub! Will it make me wet? Hyygh!
5. Alec Baldwin - All time funniest skit "Beverly Hills Breast and Penis" Baldwin:"This is my greatest achievement!" "Ten inches! He's nine years old!"
Posted: June 20, 2008 3:43 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
1.Phil Hartman
2.Eddie Murphy
3.Adam Sandler
4.Dan Akyroyd
5.Bill Murray
Posted: June 20, 2008 5:41 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
1) Bill Murray
2) Chris Farley
3) Phil Hartman
4) Eddie Murphy
5) Mike Myers
Honorable Mention: Will Ferrell

Hey Lang, you realize SNL existed before the 90's, right?
Posted: June 20, 2008 8:27 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Ladies and gentleman of the Internet, I'm just a caveman. Your electronic list frightens and confuses me! In my world, "blog" is a four letter word. When I read the magic electronic screen I wonder: "did little demons get in there and leave those messages?". I don't know! But there is one thing I do know: Phil Hartman is top-3 all-time SNL contributor.

He and Carvey kept that thing rolling during some pretty lean years (and I mean *bad* writing).
Posted: June 20, 2008 8:45 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Norm Mcdonald was not the funniest, ha wasn't even the funniest Weekend Update host, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey were the best. Will Ferrell was much funnire on SNL than he was in any of his movies, they all suck, he always plays the same character.
He's a real list:

1.Chris Farley, he went all the way to make his skits funny

2.Will Farrel and Jimmy Fallon, in the same boat, hillarious on the show, horrible off it.

3.Adam Sandler, funny in skits and his songs were all-time

4.Bill Murray, fuuny on and off the show

5.Phil Hartman and Darrell Hammond, both were great at Clinton and very versatile
Posted: June 20, 2008 9:50 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Top Five Regulars
1)Eddie Murphy
2)Will Ferrell
3)Phil Hartman
4)Mike Meyers
5)John Belushi

Top Five Hosts
1)Christopher Walken
2)Alec Baldwin (very close second)
3)Steve Martin
4)John Goodman
5)Justin Timberlake

Worst Five Regulars
1)Jimmy Fallon
2)Jimmy Fallon
3)Jimmy Fallon
4)Jimmy Fallon
5)Jimmy Fallon
(It was a five way tie).
I love Norm McDonald, and he may have been the smartest guy ever on SNL (did you see him on Celebrity "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?), and Dennis Miller was great, but all either of them did well was Weekend Update, and others did WU well and could do scenes also. So my list is:

Honorable Mentions: Martin Short; Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray (can you really pick either when they're both better known for Ghostbusters?); Eddie Murphy and Will Ferrell (again, better known for movies); Dana Carvey; Gilda Radner; Al Franken (who did a lot of funny things for a lot of years for SNL).

Best Host: Steve Martin. What other host took more chances, tried more things, created more catch phrases? Sure, Hanks is great, and Walken, and Paul Simon was perhaps the best sport, but Steve Martin showed them all how it was done before anybody really knew how it was done. On to the regulars:

5) Billy Crystal - when SNL was not very good, he was often the only thing worth watching. All the great things he has done and I think he's still best known for "You look mahvelous." If SNL had had better writers or if he'd stayed with the show longer, he and Short might both be better known for their time on SNL.

4) Jane Curtin - the controversial choice, she was rarely given the punch lines, but she played many different parts and committed to them all, even when she was being called an ignorant slut or made out that she slept with fellow cast members on WU. She made everybody else funnier: Roseanne Roseannadanna, Emily Litella, Irwin Mainway, Todd and Lisa, Beldar, John Belushi on WU, and even Chevy Chase making faces wouldn't have been very funny if she wasn't pitch perfect as the one he mocked (in various scenes). It's hard being the straight man, which is why Abbott got paid more than Costello.

3) Phil Hartman - seamlessly inhabited every role he played, he was probably the best at playing straight or funny, acting or impersonating.

2) Mike Myers - like buttuh, he is worthy.

1) John Belushi. When he sat down as Captain Kirk, you forgot about the extra forty pounds - he *was* Captain Kirk. He was the samurai; he was Jake Blues; he was Joe Cocker; he was Pete Dionasopolis. the cashier at the Olympia Cafe calling out "cheeseburger!" I have no doubt if it wasn't for drugs ending his life he'd be better known for movie roles by now, but even his best stuff in film stole from what he did on SNL. There was a lot of the Samurai in Bluto, and the Blues Brothers started on SNL.
Great lists!

1.) Eddie Murphy- See him before he got married and happy.

2.) Phil Hartman- He's funny even before he opens his mouth. Great voice, great characters

3.) Bill Murphy- Talented beyond comedy, good actor

4.) Chris Farley- Over the top, energetic and just crazy

5.) Mike Meyers- Silly, inventive, plays a lot of roles well

What's a bit scary is the number of comedians who have passed on: Belushi, Radner, Farley, Hartman, etc. They must live a hard life beyond the laughs...
Posted: June 21, 2008 10:54 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
1: Colin Quinn
2: Chris Kattan
3: Tina Fey
4: Adam Sandler
5:Tracy Morgan
Boom!! Done!! End of discussion!!
Posted: June 21, 2008 11:04 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
The top of your list is so absurd, the remainder of your opinion must be considered garbage. Even the executives kept in boxed up in the news position.

Posted: June 21, 2008 11:13 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Lang Whitaker is either an idiot or was born in 85. Not that those options are mutually exclusive. McDonald, Morgan ????? I got chunks of guys in my stool that are funnier than both of these.

My only hope is that he wrote an absurd list to stimulate reaction.

Hey Whitaker, since your on SI, why don't you do your next list on the greatest sports cities of all time. You will presumably start with Toledo and Burbank.
Wow - what editor let this get by? Shouldn't this be titled "Top 5 SNL Cast Members last week"? To not put John Belushi, Dan Akroyd, Eddie Murphy, Bill Murry, or Martin Short on this list is....sinister. So I've compiled your corresponding list of all time NBA greats:
1) LeBron
2) DeWayne
3) Kobe
4) Dwight
5) Joakim

Fantastic group of young men.
Posted: June 21, 2008 4:51 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Eddie Murrphy
Chris Farley
Mike Meyers
are my top three. I actually didn't like most of th original cast. The show didn't get funny to me until Eddie came along.
Posted: June 21, 2008 4:54 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How can you not put Eddie on the list. He was the funniest cast memeber EVER. I would take him over anyone before or after him. You shouldn't have people under the age of 20 make any lists like this?
Posted: June 21, 2008 7:46 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Well, I guess this list is kind of like saying A-Rod is better than Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, or Ted Williams because you were too young to see them play. Just because you were 2 doesn't mean that there weren't *at least* 5 cast members from the first 10 years each of whom was better than the ones you listed (in no particular order, Belushi, Aykroyd, Murray, Murphy, Radner, etc., and I'm sure I'm forgetting some). Even discounting those years, Phil Hartman crushes everyone on your list. Thanks for trying, though -
Posted: June 21, 2008 8:09 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
The original cast was such as knockout that I think you need a separate list for those who weren't part of the first 4-5 years. It wasn't that the writing was better than what came after, they were just brilliant improvisational comic actors who performed well together. And nobody had ever seen anything like that on TV. All the hip musicians lined up to do the show, even the ex-Beatles.

People in my jr. high school pretty much forgot about the Monty Python and Benny Hill reruns after that.
Posted: June 21, 2008 8:32 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
all these people saying steve martin are dumb. steve martin wasn't a cast member ever. he was always the host.

Posted: June 21, 2008 11:29 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Don't forget Steve Martin wasn't a cast member.
Megan E. Boris

1. Christopher Walken (not technically a cast member, but he's awesome!)
2. Mike Meyers
3. Adam Sandler
4. Will Farrell
5. Dan Akroyd

But I can't really stop at 5 - the whole initial "great cast" Belushi, Chase, etc.

Fey & Fallon, oh the list goes on forever!
Posted: June 22, 2008 8:13 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Thank God:

At least the readers recognize the truly most talented person to ever grace SNL: Phil Hartman. I agree with the others on this list, but choosing Tracy Morgan over Hartman is either a travesty or just plain ignorance.
Posted: June 22, 2008 2:17 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Out of your five, I would place Lovitz at the top. A lot of people loved Belushi, but I think that they remember his best stuff. Belushi was an extreme - either he was hilarious, or he was lousy, although you could place either of those on the writing. The only two on the original show who were less consistent in being funny were Laraine Newman and Garrett Morris (although he gets huge props for Chico Escuela and "Bad Things About The Mets", as well as Ackroyd's pimp in "Fred Garvin, Male Prostitute". As for a top five, that's tough, and subject to interpretation, but mine are

1. Phil Hartman
2. Darrell Hammond
3. Dana Carvey
4. Eddie Murphy
5. Dennis Miller

The first three are/were (RIP P.H.) incredible impersonators. Joe Piscopo didn't have as big of a repetoire as 1 - 3, but his Sinatra was actually better than Hartman's. Eddie Murphy, even if he never did another skit, ranks in the top five for "Buh-weet Sings" (remember Bette Davis Eyes with "???????" appearing below him). Dennis Miller ruled on Weekend Update. His political humor is the best - ever. If you don't like political humor, then I can understand why you wouldn't like Miller, but he was so creative, informed, and wry, that he should be counted as the best.

How about a Top Ten SNL Characters?
1. The Samurai
2. Mr. Robinson
3. The Festrunk Brothers
4. Emily Litella
5. The Church Lady
6. The Land Shark (Candygram)
7. Fernando (You Look Mahvelous)
8. Dr. Jack Bedofsky
9. Nancy Grace
10. Al Franken
Posted: June 22, 2008 5:10 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
1) Phil Hartman
2) Dana Carvey
3) Eddie Murphy
4) Chris Farley
5) Bill Murray

Phil Hartman is the best on SNL. He was amazingly talented.
This just goes to show you people have a wide range of taste. But please SNL hasn't been funny in 20 years. MAD TV is funnier or even BRAVO...ha ha, now thats funny!
Posted: June 22, 2008 11:24 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
This is a tough exercise because there are so many top performers, and many of you youngsters don't remember the "Not Ready for Prime Time Players". The amazing thing is the absence of Chevy Chase from virtually all previous lists. He was the star for the first 2 years. My top 5:

1. Bill Murray
2. Chevy Chase
3. Dana Carvey
4. Tina Fey
5. Phil Hartman

Honorable mentions to Eddie Murphy, Billy Crystal, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chris Farley, Martin Short, and Dennis Miller.
Posted: June 22, 2008 11:33 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Phil Hartman should be #1 on your list, no matter if it's the 80's or all-time. Phil was brilliant.

Cheri Oteri is #2. I can't believe you guys forgot about this girl. She's hilarious, and makes every person in her skits better.

Posted: June 23, 2008 8:00 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
A slow day at the office for the main compiler? Because so many have omitted John Belushi, I assume these are lists from people too young to know better. The execs at SNL knew better than anyone that McDonald was NOT funny--I remember well his always waiting for the audience to laugh at stuff that was otherwise okay (i.e., funny) but had the wrong pitch man. Probably one of the unfunniest guys of all time.
Posted: June 23, 2008 8:14 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
People seem to be forgetting Steve Martin and Kevin Nealon...Joe Montana was hilarious in his guest spot

PS: Norm definitely belongs on the list... his Letterman was awesome
Posted: June 23, 2008 9:49 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Considering that you have obviously not seen a majority of the cast members, how can you possibly even consider creating and posting a "Top 5 SNL" list?
Posted: June 23, 2008 11:57 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
anybody ever heard of Chris Rock?
Posted: June 23, 2008 12:44 PM   by Anonymous Dave
OK, I still think Norm McDonald doesn't belong anywhere near this list. But I have to give the guy some credit. He was hilarious as Burt Reynolds/Turd Ferguson.
Posted: June 23, 2008 12:52 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Fred Garvin,Male Prostitute..
'nuff said.
Posted: June 23, 2008 1:33 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Chevy Chase was great, even though he was only a year. (he also thought Norm McDonald was the only Weekend update host as good as himself.) I also think Dan Aykroyd and Jane Curtin did a good job too.

By the way Steve Martin was never a cast member, he just hosted 14 times. Look it up
Posted: June 23, 2008 1:37 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
I find it weird that this listing, and most of the comments, are male-only. Some of the best SNL cast members have been women - the heyday of Ana Gasteyer, Molly Shannon, and Cheri O'Terri were hilarious. Other guys from the '80s you've got to include Rob Schneider and Kevin Nealon to go along with the others guys mentioned here. Schneider always cracked me up. And I used to live for the "Ambiguously Gay Duo" animated skits - they were freaking awesome!
No Eddie Murphy
No John Belushi
No Bill Murray
No Dan Ackroyd
No Gilda Radner

Someone should stop this bozo from posting.....the only one he got correct was Mr. Farley.
Posted: June 23, 2008 1:56 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How can you leave Phil Hartman off this list? What about Dana Carvey?

1) Phil Hartman
2) Will Ferrell
3) Dana Carvey
4) Mike Myers
5) Chris Farley

Honorable Mention to David Spade, Adam Sandler, and Darrell Hammond
Posted: June 23, 2008 6:50 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
To the anonymous who commented on the "mostly male" responses, you might have to blame that on the writers/producers of SNL. MADTV and In Living Color did a much better job of giving A-list material to women. From what you read about Belushi, it's amazing that JC, GR, and LN survived.
You know - they have the first year or so of SNL on DVD.... You could check out when SNL was REALLY funny instead of having one or two funny skits per show.

With that said, recent skits such as "Lazy Sunday" and "D**k in a Box" pretty much reached the quality we got all the time during those first few seasons.
Posted: June 24, 2008 10:29 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Yes! Norm MacDonald was absolutely brilliant.
Posted: June 24, 2008 1:56 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
This list is a waste of time. The writer put NO thought or reason into it. Tracey Morgan top 3 all time? No Eddie Murphy?

I hope you werent paid for this garbage.
Posted: June 25, 2008 12:35 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Norm MacDonald did an excellent Burt Reynolds impression, especially on celebrity Jeopardy!
Posted: June 25, 2008 12:45 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Hey everyone you forgot Father Guido Sarducci
Posted: June 25, 2008 4:30 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Norm McDonald...aaaabsolutely. Underappreciated now and in his time. Brilliant comedian, just because he wasn't as spastic as everybody else doesn't make him unfunny. I would put Amy Poehler on this list also. She IS spastic, but good lord, she GETS it.
Posted: June 25, 2008 11:21 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Why can't you idiots spell Will Ferrell's name right?
Posted: June 26, 2008 3:22 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
1. Eddie Murphy
2. John Belushi
3. Phil Hartman
4. Chris Farley
5. Dana Carvey
6. Bill Murray
7. Mike Myers
8. Will Ferrell
9. Darrell Hammond
10. Tracy Morgan
Posted: June 26, 2008 3:35 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
John Belushi

Posted: June 26, 2008 11:35 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Wow...where to even start. Norm McDonald isn't even in the top-15 of SNL Cast Members, and you have him at #1?!? He was mildly funny as anchor of Weekend Update; outside of that, what other funny bits did he do? Every one of his characters was a slow-paced-speaking, sarcastic, second or third fiddle to an actual all-star cast member's character.

Leaving Dana Carvey off of that list is just ridiculous, and Phil Hartman was ten times as talented and did ten times more main characters as McDonald.

Pick up some early 90's reruns and get a clue!
Posted: June 26, 2008 1:22 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
To Angelfisherman:

You forgot Rose (even though he's not drafted yet.) He definitely completes your list (and point.)
1. Farley..i mean one look at the guy and you will crack up
2. Belushi..he was so diverse and what ever he did it was fantastic
3. Chevy Chase..a lot of people wont agree with me here, but he was hilarious, he originated the weekend update, and all his skits were hilarious
4. Eddie Murphy..his impersonations were just out of this world
5. Toss up between Murray and Ferrel, the two were both hilarious

Honorable Mention
Sandler..peaked after his career on SNL, and his skits got old after awhile to be honest
Hartmen..very funny man, but his characters all were basically the same
Meyers..he would definatly be in my top ten, nut not top five
Posted: July 11, 2008 12:12 PM   by Anonymous Navajo
Top 5 Regulars:
1. Bill Murray
2. John Belushi
3. Eddie Murphy
4. Tim Meadows
5. Will Ferrell

Top 5 Non-Regulars:
1. Alec Baldwin
2. Christopher Walken
3. John Goodman
4. Tom Hanks
5. Steve Martin

Top 5 Update Hosts:
1. Dennis Miller
2. Norm McDonald
3. Colin Quinn
4. Tina Fey
5. Chevy Chase
Posted: July 15, 2008 1:28 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
A list without Phil Hartman is an insult for everything SNL has ever stood for.

A REAL List:

1. Phil Hartman
2. Dana Carvey
3. John Belushi
4. Dan Ackroyd
5. Eddie Murphy
Posted: July 18, 2008 6:48 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Gilda Radner
Phil Hartman
Dana Carvey
Chevy Chase
Jim Belushi
Posted: July 18, 2008 9:37 PM   by Anonymous cameron
WHAT? Mcdonald was the lamest of the lame... same shtick every scene. myers/sandler/spade/rock (do you people even remember rock was on there??? not many seem to)
were the core 80's on guys.
Posted: July 19, 2008 4:01 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
You do not even deserve a comment with a list as pathetic as this. No Belushi. No Chase. No Murphy. No Sandler. No Akroyd. Go rent some SNL DVDs from Blockbuster before you attempt a list like this!
Posted: July 20, 2008 2:17 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Based on this list it is obvious that even George Bush has learned to use the Internet.
Posted: September 2, 2008 5:47 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Thank god someone finally mentioned Dan Ackroyd. I thought you had all lost your freakin' minds.
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