The 10 Least Memorable 'Saturday Night Live' Cast Members of This Century, So Far

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The 10 Least Memorable 'Saturday Night Live' Cast Members of This Century, So Far

By Dustin Rowles | Seriously Random Lists | March 17, 2014 | Comments ()


Mike Ryan recently wrote about the problem with this year’s cast size on Saturday Night Live, suggesting that with 17 members, it’s not only difficult for newer cast members to get screentime, but for the entire cast to develop a personality.

I watch the show every week, and there’s still a couple of the new cast members that I couldn’t name without looking them up (Brooks Whelan and John Milhiser seemed to have made the smallest impression so far). This cast runs the risk, more than any other in years, of having more than one or two cast members be completely forgotten come 2015.

It happens, of course. There are certain members added to SNL casts over the years that never really leavean impression, and often only make a headline when they depart or when they show up on a sitcom three years later and are advertised as SNL alums (really? She was on SNL?) It’s not entirely the cast member’s fault; he may simply not fit in with a certain cast, and never even get the opportunity to set himself apart in order to make that lasting impression.

There have been several contenders for the least memorable SNL cast member of the 21st Century so far, but with apologies to Abby Elliot, these 10 left the smallest impression during their time with the show.

Jerry Minor (2000-2001). Best known sketch: “Rap Street” (with Horatio Sanz)


Dean Edwards (2001). Best known for his Don Cheadle impression.


Jeff Richards (2001-2004). Best known for “Drunk Girl,” a recurring segment on “Weekend Update.”


Finesse Mitchell (2003-2006). Best known for his recurring sketch, Starkisha, a stereotypically ghetto woman with a bad attitude.


Rob Riggle (2004-2005). Best known for, uh, being on The Daily Show (he also did impressions of Larry the Cable Guy, Howard Dean, Rick Sanchez, Mark McGwire, and Toby Keith on SNL).


Casey Wilson (2008-2010). Best known for Dusty Velvet, “the paralyzed stripper” (and after SNL, of course, Happy Endings).

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Michaela Watkins (2008-2009). Best known for her Hoda Kotb impression and an Arianna Huffington impression, though I don’t remember either (someone besides Nasim Pedrad did an Arianna impression?). I love her in Trophy Wife, but have no memory of her on SNL. She was let go at the same time as Casey Wilson.


Jenny Slate (2009-2010). Best known sketch: Slate is probably best known for accidentally saying “f**king” during her very first ever sketch (and later as Jean-Ralphio’s sister on Parks and Recreation). She also had a recurring sketch as Tina-Tina Chaneuse, an infomercial pitchwoman of unspecified Latino heritage.


Paul Brittain (2010 - 2012). Best known for being Bob Newhart’s nephew. Also for Lord Cecil Wyndemere (a childlike, 48-year-old lord).


Tim Robinson (2012-2013). Best known for being only the second cast member to be demoted from featured player to staff writer (he’s still on the writing staff). The first was Brian Doyle-Murray. Robinson was also in one recurring sketch as Carl, an elderly retail worker who always got insulted by characters played by Bobby Moynihan and Cecily Strong.


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  • kirbyjay

    It's funny how Casey Wilson, Michaela Watkins and Jenny Slate made no impression on SNL but Victoria Jackson.....who the hell was she blowing?

  • MeowMeow

    I used to think Jeff Richards was really hot. And yet, I knew he'd make this list.

  • I watch and follow SNL quite closely and the names Dean Edwards, Jerry Minor, and Michaela Watkins took a reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeal long time to conjure up. Good finds.

  • general rhubarb

    Pookie's back everyone! POOKIE'S BACK!

  • Cowtools

    Including Casey Wilson is weird, since one reason I checked out Happy Endings is because she made such in impression on me on SNL.

  • Pookie

    I don't remember any of these people.

  • L.O.V.E.

    The first comment in a year, and its not to shit all over Rowles for doing his Buzzfeed ripoff?

  • Pookie

    I’m not very familiar with buzzfeed, I mean I’ve heard of it and I’ve been to the website a couple of times but that’s about it. Rowles has been able to find what he does best and run with it, a business model like that rarely fails.

  • candace hathaway

    Michaela Watkins' "Bitch Please" bit on weekend update has me in stitches every time!

  • Now see, if you'd been -really- clever, you'd have just left a list of the least memorable SNL characters completely blank.

  • John G.

    Is it just me, or does Jenny Slate just radiate sexuality?

  • Andy_Dufresnes_Awesome_Posters

    It's just you.

  • John G.


  • dizzylucy

    Everyone else I remember, or at least remember their name in the opening credits, but Dean Edwards and Jeff Richards? Nothing.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    It could be the ultra vanilla names (complete with the double first name curse)

  • e jerry powell

    I don't remember noneadeez mofos.

  • cameronCAMERON

    I have such strong feelings for Jenny Slate & Michaela Watkins and am always glad to see them pop up in other shows in movies. In my opinion, the 2 Stand-Outs from them are:

    -Watkins as Angie Tempura on Weekend Update, the snarky blogger who reviewed movies. Particularly fond of the time Zac Efron (who she called Zac What-The-Ef-Is-(W)Ron(G)) shows up and she fan-girls.

    -Slate as the pageant contestant daughter to Galifianakis' host of "Pageant Talk." That sketch could have easily fallen into boring stereotypes, but the cast (also including Hader & Wiig) made this one of the show's absurdist high points in recent memory.

  • Arran

    Just to be clear, you're saying that these people were unmemorable specifically on SNL, right? Because some of them have been awesome elsewhere.

  • Repo

    Totally. Riggle has been in A LOT of stuff in the last few years. He's grown on me and I find him hilarious now.

  • Green Lantern

    Agreed. I didn't zero in on him until "Stepbrothers" for some reason, but then I caught him on "NTSF:SD:SUV" and a group of other things and think he's great.

    I don't even remember him being on SNL, and I watch it regularly.

  • Kenny G.

    You're right...I do not remember Jerry Minor on SNL, but I do remember him from MR. SHOW, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT and, of course, COMMUNITY...I won't mention CARPOOLERS, though...

  • lowercase_ryan

    I just want to say that if Trophy Wife gets cancelled I'm blaming everyone. EVERYONE!!!!

  • I don't know... I always liked Jeff Richards' Gary Busey Impression:

  • Salad_Is_Murder

    I don't know that cast size has been the only problem the last few years as much as it's been having Kristen Wiig and Fred Armisen rammed down our throats in every goddamned sketch.

    So happy those two are gone.

    Also, I remember Michaela Watkins leaving a larger impression...I think it was the "Bitch, please" weekend update bits. I loved those.

  • Rocabarra

    I still refer to Zac Efron as "Zac what-the-eff-is-wrong-with you" despite only one friend understanding the reference. I see I have found my people here!

  • with_club_sauce

    I say "biiiiiiiiiiiitch pleeze" in her voice on a regular basis.

  • Enrique del Castillo

    It must be sad to be the most forgettable cast member in both SNL and in The Daily Show.

  • duckandcover

    I thought that there were rumors/it was confirmed that Fred Armisen cheated on his wife with Abby Elliott, but I can't find anything now that says that. It was that thought that always turned me off to anything Armisen did.

  • laylaness

    It's true, and I agree. His ex-wife is Elisabeth Moss, who recently said in an interview that their marriage was "devastating".

  • Abby Elliot is memorable for two things: The cries of nepotism that she failed to overcome and a devastating Zooey Deschanel impersonation that I still reference to this day.

  • Skyler Durden

    Her Rachel Maddow was pretty good as well

  • Sean

    I loved it when Zooey was actually on. And did a great Olsen Twin part.

  • cruzzercruz

    I adored Abby Elliot. I also binged on the last few years and still somehow missed Jenny Slate, Casey Wilson, Michaela Watkins. Like, I guess I saw them, but it didn't register that I knew them.

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