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Is ‘SNL’ or ‘Daily Show’ better at creating new stars?

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  • Daniel Montgomery
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    “SNL” has long been a launchpad for new comedians, in recent years bringing us people like Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, and Kate McKinnon.

    But “The Daily Show” has been giving it a run for its money in terms of creating new stars. Because “The Daily Show’s” cast of correspondents is smaller, it’s impressive how many of them have blown up: Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Ed Helms, Olivia Munn, Larry Wilmore. I suspect Jessica Williams will be the next to take off.

    Do you think “SNL” is still the best place for breaking new talent, or does “The Daily Show” produce better alums these days?

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    IEnjoyTV
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    Carell left in 2005, so the SNL comparisons should be:

    Rachel Dratch
    Tina Fey
    Chris Parnell
    Horatio Sanz
    Maya Rudolph
    Amy Poehler
    Casey Wilson
    Michaela Watkins
    Will Forte
    Jenny Slate
    Kristen Wiig
    Andy Samberg
    Fred Armisen
    Jason Sudeikis
    Bill Hader

    That’s not even looking at writers like John Mulaney

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