CURRENT SNL CAST MEMBERS, RANKED
I love Saturday Night Live and watch it every week. I think the show gets a bad wrap. People have been saying it isn't as good as it used to be for 20 years. And yet popular skits get passed around social media every week. Guess what? The show can be uneven, but it's great.
- •Pete DavidsonPete is a prodigy. He doesn't do impressions, he doesn't do physical comedy. He is just damn funny. He is at his best when they give him a couple of minutes during Weekend Update to do a set. It takes a special talent to pull that off and he nails it every time.
- •Aidy BryantLil Baby Aidy. Whenever there's a music video with the women Aidy always steals the show. Her awkwardness knows no bounds and is always incredibly charming.
- •Leslie JonesLeslie is loud. Leslie is large. Leslie is hilarious. Her aggressive flirting with Colin Jost may be the most underrated funny part of the show. I can't wait for the new Ghostbusters movie to come out so everyone can discover her.
- •Taran KillamTaran has the perfect combination of impressions and the ability to play the straight man. He's like the new Bill Hader. Also, you can just tell that he is an awesome guy to hang out with. Also, he's married to Cobie Smulders.
- •Cecily StrongCecily doesn't always get the most rewarding parts, but she always excels at whatever her role is. Her best character is probably the teenager from Girlfriend Talkshow ("my boyfriend's crazy") or Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started a Conversation with at a Party. Both are highlights whenever they make an appearance.
- •Kate McKinnonKate can commit to a part like no one else. She has the energy to will a bad sketch to be good. You might not think it's funny, but damn it you are laughing anyways.
- •Kenan ThompsonHow crazy is it that the guy from All That and Kenan & Kel (sorry, not you, Kel) has been on SNL for over a decade and is a staple of the show? I remember hearing him cuss the first time and being shocked. Kenan doesn't have an amazing range, but he can carry a sketch by himself or play a great supporting character. His David Ortiz will never not be funny.
- •Bobby MoynihanBobby is great. He's not flashy, but he always makes whatever he is in funnier. Just a look or phrase from him can crack me up. Drunk Uncle is one of the best reoccurring characters (and will only have more material as we enter the Trump Era).
- •Colin Jost/Michael CheWeekend Update is a hard desk to fill, but I feel like Colin and Michael have finally hit their stride. They have a great chemistry (you can tell that they are friends off screen) and I think that's the key to Weekend Update. Michael's real cynicism is always refreshing.
- •Kyle MooneyI love Kyle's awkward humor. It is right in my wheelhouse. Unfortunately, he doesn't do much outside of him own videos. I wouldn't be surprised if he is not back next year.
- •Sasheer ZamataSasheer added some much needed diversity to the cast and really shined her first year. However, it seems like she has disappeared a bit this season. I can't think of a single moment with her, which is a shame.
- •Vanessa BayerVanessa is why these rankings are no difficult. She is a perfect cast member. She has some great characters (Bar Mitzvah boy and Miley Cyrus come to mind) but she never seems to excel above everyone else. However, I believe the show couldn't happen without cast members like Vanessa which makes it hard to rank her so low. I feel bad about that.
- •Jay PharoahJay is a huge "What If." He has the best impressions on the show (Denzel, Will Smith, Ben Carson, Chris Tucker, etc) and made a HUGE splash when he first appeared. However, he's never reached the height of his potential. He is the perfect example that you have to have more than impressions to succeed on SNL. Also, my soul dies a little every time they do that skit with him as the principal. It's painfully unfunny.
- •Beck BennettBeck isn't bad, but he just doesn't do it for me. Even his most popular character (businessman baby) is never that funny to me. He's fine, but only that.