June 8, 2020 at 12:04 pm #1203522059
Given the wide assortment of comedy all stars that have been on the show, I figured this could get a decent variety of answers. Also, apologies to Eddie Murphy. Maybe if I was alive back when he was on I’d vote for him, but as hilarious as what I’ve seen is, I haven’t seen enough.
Here’s my vote:
From his fictional characters to his celebrity impressions, not only did Bill Hader have quite possibly the widest range on the series, but he might be the only cast member who constantly broke who actually put in genuine effort to not laugh.
Let’s Go BucksJune 8, 2020 at 12:25 pm #1203522099
Kristen Wiig. The characters she created were a masterclass in comedy and should be study for comedic acting. The smallest details to the over the top characters she played to the facial expression truly sublime. I would place Amy Poehler and Tina Fey in second and third respectively but Wiig tops them for me. I am still upset that she never won an Emmy for her brilliance whether it be for her portrayal of the target lady or her Californian girl or her over excited woman and I can go on with all her brilliant creations and impressions and truly unique characterizations. She should have easily won a couple Emmys. Everything she was on that show and what she made the show can be summed up in one word: ICONIC!!!!!June 8, 2020 at 12:41 pm #1203522147
- Kristen Wiig
- Bill Hader
- Cecily Strong
Have a great day if you see this!
Male/Straight/BLMJune 8, 2020 at 12:57 pm #1203522200
Kenan Thompson followed by Kate McKinnon. Kenan really should win multiple acting Emmys. He did win an “Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics” Emmy in 2018.June 8, 2020 at 12:57 pm #1203522202
Big fan of Better Call Saul, Sex Education, Barry, BoJack Horseman, and, especially, SurvivorJune 8, 2020 at 1:49 pm #1203522309
Wiig, Hader and Strong in no particular order.June 8, 2020 at 1:53 pm #1203522324
Wiig and HaderJune 8, 2020 at 2:03 pm #1203522344
1. Kristin Wiig
2. Kate McKinnon
3. Amy Poehler
4. Eddie Murphy
5. Gilda RadnerJune 8, 2020 at 2:33 pm #1203522386
Worth noting, since I’m hearing a lot of Wiig (in addition to Hader, which makes me happy), I’d say she’s my favorite of the show’s women.
Much like Kate McKinnon, the show became somewhat over reliant on Hader and Wiig during their tenures, but unlike McKinnon, they were such consistently strong performers that I never got sick of them. Even in weak sketches, they could manage to get legitimate laughs.
Let’s Go BucksJune 8, 2020 at 7:51 pm #1203522820
Tina Fey. “SNL”‘s first female head writer, “Weekend Update” co-host for many years, author, activist, awards host, and then having one of the best post-show careers ever with the iconic “30 Rock,” “Mean Girls,” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” makes her top my list. Whenever she guest hosts or does special rants on “Weekend Update,” I know something that’s both creatively entertaining and intellectually engaging is about to happen. Even when people say she’s not a strong impressionist or doesn’t have memorable characters in her repertoire, I counter with two words: Sarah Palin. Even non-“SNL” fans realize how legendary this work was at defining a running mate to the general public before the actual person could do that, and then changing the course of a presidential election forever. Fey’s strong improv background with Second City and natural comedic gifts served her very well on the show and beyond.June 8, 2020 at 8:09 pm #1203522833
1. Gilda Radner
2. Eddie Murphy
3. John Belushi
4. Tina Fey
5. Phil HartmanJune 8, 2020 at 10:01 pm #1203522923
No one else even comes CLOSE.June 8, 2020 at 11:11 pm #1203522963
I don’t like Kristen Wiig…I know that’s blasphemous. I just don’t find her funny, just annoying. I really like Murphy, Thompson, Radner, Hader.June 8, 2020 at 11:13 pm #1203522967
Wiig and Hader for performers. Poehler and Myers for Weekend Update. Tina Fey for head writer.
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