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10 Best Saturday Night Live Female Cast Members (#1-5)

September 17, 2008  |  10:58pm
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10 Best Saturday Night Live Female Cast Members (#1-5)

We recently looked at the 10 best male cast members of Saturday Night Live. Now it's time to look at the show's funniest women.


5. Jane Curtin (October 11, 1975-1980)
“Hunters were out in force on the ice, smashing the heads of the cute, fluffy, white baby harp seals, staining the snow with blood and filling the air with the screams of the little animals and their mothers.”
While Gilda Radner, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd stretched the limits of crazy those first few seasons, Curtin helped hold the show together with her straight-woman shtick, particularly on "Weekend Update," where she anchored for three seasons.

4. Molly Shannon (1994 - 2001)
“Sometimes when I get nervous, I put my fingers in my armpits and sniff them like that.”
Shannon teamed with Will Ferrell in several skits, but her best character was Mary Katherine Gallagher, the neurotic Catholic-school girl.

3. Amy Poehler (2001 - present)
“The price of stamps rose from 41 cents to 42 cents. ‘Aw, that's cute!’ replied Oil.”
Fey’s partner on "Weekend Update," Poehler tackled politicians Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barbara Boxer and Dennis Kucinich, but she recently announced she'll be leaving SNL after the elections to star in the Office spin-off coming to NBC in January 2009.

2. Gilda Radner (October 11, 1975-1980)
“Nevermind.”
Roseanne Roseannadanna, Baba Wawa, and the misinformed ramblings of news commentator Emily Litella. For 25 years, no woman came close to her comic genius until...

1. Tina Fey (2000 - 2006)
"Spongebob Squarepants will begin airing in China now, so that millions of toy makers can finally see what the hell they're making."
Fey joined SNL in 1997, two years before becoming the show’s first female head writer and three years before joining the cast on stage, primarily as longest-running and probably best host of "Weekend Update"—especially in the golden Fey/Poehler years of 2004-2006. She returned to the show to play vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin to open the 2008-2009 season.

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