Favorite SNL featured player never to become a cast member*?

by yrnej | created - 27 Nov 2013 | updated - 05 Sep 2014 | Public

Some faded back into obscurity, some became stars, one even became a US senator...

*excluding the new members added starting the 2013-2014 season

Discuss the list here

1. Peter Aykroyd

Soundtrack | Spies Like Us

Peter Aykroyd was born in 1955 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada as Peter Hugh Aykroyd. He is a writer and producer, known for Spies Like Us (1985), Nothing But Trouble (1991) and Coneheads (1993).

2. Paul Brittain

Actor | Saturday Night Live

Originally from Chicago, where he got his start in improv and sketch comedy, Paul Brittain is an actor, writer, and comedian living in Los Angeles. He was a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2010 - 2012 where he performed such characters and impressions as "Sex" Ed Vincent, Lord Cecil ...

3. A. Whitney Brown

Writer | Saturday Night Live

A. Whitney Brown was born on July 8, 1952 in Charlotte, Michigan, USA as Alan Whitney Brown. He is a writer and actor, known for Saturday Night Live (1975), Tales from the Crypt (1989) and Exit 57 (1995). He has been married to Carolyn Wonderland since March 4, 2011. He was previously married to ...

4. Beth Cahill

Actress | It's Now... or NEVER!

Beth Cahill is an actress and costume designer, known for It's Now... or NEVER! (1995), Saturday Night Live (1975) and Fatty Drives the Bus (1999). She is married to Michael Coleman.

5. Tom Davis

Writer | Saturday Night Live

Tom Davis was born on August 13, 1952 in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA as Thomas James Davis. He was a writer and actor, known for Saturday Night Live (1975), Evolution (2001) and Coneheads (1993). He was married to Mimi Raleigh. He died on July 19, 2012 in Hudson, New York, USA.

6. James Downey

Writer | Saturday Night Live

James Downey is a writer and producer, known for Saturday Night Live (1975), Billy Madison (1995) and There Will Be Blood (2007).

7. Dean Edwards

Actor | Spider-Man 3

Dean Edwards was born on July 30, 1970 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for Spider-Man 3 (2007), Goyband (2008) and A New Wave (2006).

8. Siobhan Fallon Hogan

Actress | Men in Black

Siobhan Fallon Hogan has been seen in several blockbusters over the past twenty five years. Her many film and television credits include "Men In Black," "Forrest Gump," "SNL," "Seinfeld, "New In Town," and "Wayward Pines." She has done several foreign films including three with Denmark's Lars Von ...

9. Al Franken

Writer | Saturday Night Live

Al Franken is best known for nearly two decades of work on Saturday Night Live (1975). During that time he wrote, performed in and produced hundreds of sketches, including "Daily Affirmations with Stuart Smalley" and "The Final Days," a piece about the last days of Richard Nixon's presidency. A ...

11. Laura Kightlinger

Actress | PEN15

Laura Kightlinger is a writer, stand-up comic, and actor. Her comedic roles include self-obsessed mom, Deb Taylor, in "PEN15" on Hulu, and Nurse Shelia in the re-upped "Will&Grace", (which she played in the original series). She's been a consulting producer on "Will&Grace" since its inception. ...

12. Matthew Laurance

Actor | Eddie and the Cruisers

Matthew Laurance was born on March 2, 1950 in Queens, New York, USA as Matthew Dyckoff. He is an actor, known for Eddie and the Cruisers (1983), St. Elmo's Fire (1985) and Duet (1987). He has been married to Shannon Criscillis since May 4, 2003. They have two children.

13. Laurie Metcalf

Actress | Lady Bird

Laurie Metcalf was born June 16, 1955 in Carbondale, Illinois, the oldest of three children of Libby (Mars), a librarian, and James Metcalf, a budget director. She was raised in Edwardsville, Illinois. Laurie attended Illinois State University, where she obtained her bachelor of arts in theater in ...

14. Jerry Minor

Actor | Melvin Goes to Dinner

Jerry Minor was born on October 4, 1969 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Melvin Goes to Dinner (2003), Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) and Drillbit Taylor (2008).

15. Jay Mohr

Actor | Go

Jay Mohr, born in Verona, New Jersey, USA, wanted to be a comedian all of his life. He performed stand-up comedy at colleges, comedy clubs, and such television forums as An Evening at the Improv (1982) and Two Drink Minimum (1994). He first gained national attention while a cast member on Saturday ...

16. Don Novello

Actor | Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Don Novello was born on January 1, 1943 in Lorain, Ohio, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001), The Godfather: Part III (1990) and Casper (1995).

17. Emily Prager

Actress | Mr. Mike's Mondo Video

National Lampoon alumni. Graduated from Barnard College and has a Masters Degree in Education. Ms. Prager has been a columnist for the Village Voice, the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, Penthouse and The Guardian. She has authored the books In The Missionary Position, A Visit From The ...

18. Rob Riggle

Actor | The Daily Show

Comedian, actor and United States Marine Corps Reserve Lieutenant Colonel Robert Allen Riggle, Jr. was born April 21, 1970 in Louisville, Kentucky, to Sandra (Shrout) and Robert Allen Riggle, who worked in insurance. Riggle has amassed notable television credits and has also earned roles in many ...

19. Tim Robinson

Writer | Saturday Night Live

Tim Robinson is a writer and actor, known for Saturday Night Live (1975), Detroiters (2017) and Chicago Rats (2014).

20. Tom Schiller

Writer | Saturday Night Live

Tom Schiller was born on April 12, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Thomas Bennett Schiller. He is a writer and actor, known for Saturday Night Live (1975), Nothing Lasts Forever (1984) and From Here to Maternity (1985). He is married to Jacque Rochelle Lynn.

21. Paul Shaffer

Actor | This Is Spinal Tap

Paul Shaffer was born on November 28, 1949 in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada as Paul A. Shaffer. He is known for his work on This Is Spinal Tap (1984), Hercules (1997) and A Very Murray Christmas (2015). He has been married to Catherine Vasapoli since August 19, 1990. They have two children.

22. Sarah Silverman

Actress | Wreck-It Ralph

Sarah Silverman was most recently the host of the two-time Emmy-nominated weekly topical series, I Love You America, which streamed on Hulu and also received a Writers Guild Awards nomination.

Silverman is currently working on a musical adaptation of her 2010 memoir and New York Times Bestseller ...

23. Jenny Slate

Actress | Zootopia

Jenny Slate was born on March 25, 1982 in Milton, Massachusetts, USA as Jenny Sarah Slate. She is an actress and writer, known for Zootopia (2016), Obvious Child (2014) and The Secret Life of Pets (2016). She was previously married to Dean Fleischer-Camp.

24. Robert Smigel

Writer | Saturday Night Live

Robert Smigel is an American actor, humorist, comedian, writer and director known for his Saturday Night Live "TV Funhouse" cartoon shorts and as the puppeteer and voice behind Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog.

Smigel's most famous creation, however, would be the foul-mouthed puppet Triumph, the Insult...

25. Ben Stiller

Producer | Tropic Thunder

Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller was born on November 30, 1965, in New York City, New York, to legendary comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. His father is of Austrian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent, and his mother was of Irish Catholic descent (she converted to Judaism).

His parents made no real ...

26. Dan Vitale

Actor | Saturday Night Live

Dan Vitale is an actor, known for Saturday Night Live (1975), 1,000 Times More Brutal (2012) and The New Show (1984).

27. Michaela Watkins

Actress | Wanderlust

Michaela is currently a main company member of The Groundlings in Los Angeles.

Before moving to Los Angeles, Michaela pursued a life in regional theater.

She received her BFA from Boston University School For the Arts.

Her father is a math professor at Syracuse University, and her mother teaches Latin...

28. Damon Wayans

Actor | My Wife and Kids

An outrageous cueball-domed comedian of film and television satire, fortified by a dazzling, sly smile, New York-born Damon Wayans is the third of ten children of Elvira Alethia (Green), a social worker and singer, and Howell Wayans, a supermarket manager. He grew up humbly in the Fulton Housing ...

29. Patrick Weathers

Actor | The Campaign

Patrick Weathers was born on January 22, 1954 in Hattieburg, Mississippi, USA. He is known for his work on The Campaign (2012), Wall Street (1987) and Pawn Shop Chronicles (2013).

30. Casey Wilson

Actress | Gone Girl

Casey Wilson was born on October 24, 1980 in Alexandria, Virginia, USA as Cathryn Rose Wilson. She is an actress and writer, known for Gone Girl (2014), Ass Backwards (2013) and Bride Wars (2009). She has been married to David Caspe since May 25, 2014. They have two children.

31. Fred Wolf

Writer | Grown Ups 2

Fred began work as a stand-up comedian in the early days of the "comic boom" in Los Angeles, and after more than 100 TV appearances and a two year stint co-hosting the popular Comedy Central show "Comics Only" with Paul Provenza, Fred began submitting jokes to Johnny Carson, Joan Rivers, and many ...

32. Alan Zweibel

Writer | It's Garry Shandling's Show.

Alan Zweibel was born on May 20, 1950 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Alan Mark Zweibel. He is a writer and producer, known for It's Garry Shandling's Show. (1986), North (1994) and Saturday Night Live (1975). He has been married to Robin Blankman since November 24, 1979. They have ...



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