"Saturday Night Live." It's a comedy franchise unparalleled, launching the careers of dozens of legends of the industry. As it heads into its 36th year, there are so many stars of this show that have become comedy staples and heroes to comics everywhere that it's hard to contain them all in a list. Stalwart geniuses like Dan Aykroyd
, Phil Hartman
, Jan Hooks
and many more have their esteemed place among the beloved, reliable and versatile cast members, but here's a quick list focusing on the most innovative talents in the show's history - the people who changed how things were done.
1. John Belushi
We should really put the entire original Not Ready For Prime Time Players on this list (plus Bill Murray
, who replaced Chevy Chase
after the first year) for starting it all, but that would crowd everybody out. So we'll go with Belushi, star of the first ever sketch,