‘SNL': Longest Running Cast Members, From Jason Sudeikis to Kenan Thompson (Photos)

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Kenan Thompson — 18 seasons and counting (2003- ) Thompson, who first broke out in the 1990s Nickelodeon sketch series “All That” and co-starred with Kel Mitchell in the 1996-2000 sitcom “Kenan & Kel,” joined “SNL” in 2003. After two years as a featured player, he was promoted in 2005 — and has cemented his reputation as the longest-serving cast member in the show’s history. Best characters: Diondre Hall, host of “What’s Up With That”; Steve Harvey; “Cinema Classics” host Reese De’What; Al Sharpton

Darrell Hammond — 14 seasons (1995-2009) The gifted impressionist who impersonated more than 100 people on the show used to hold the record for the longest-serving cast member — though he could reclaim the title since he served as the show’s announcer after Don Pardo died in 2015. Best characters: Bill Clinton, Sean Connery, Jay Leno, Donald Trump

Seth Meyers — 13 seasons (2001-2014) Meyers joined the cast with Amy Poehler and enjoyed a record 10-year run as the anchor of “Weekend Update.” He also served as the show’s head writer. Best characters: “Weekend Update” anchor, Dave “Zinger” Clinger, Michael Caine, Dan Needler

Fred Armisen — 11 seasons (2002-13) The former drummer for the ’90s punk band Trenchmouth made quite an impression in his 11 seasons — playing a wide range of characters of different genders and ethnicities (including, controversially, Barack Obama). Best characters: Stuart from “The Californians,” Garth of Garth and Kath, Venezuelan comic Fericito

Al Franken — 11 seasons (1977-80; 1986; 1988-95)

The future U.S. senator had an off-and-on run on the show both as a writer and performer — and quit in protest in 1995 after losing the “Weekend Update” anchoring gig to Norm Macdonald. Best characters: Stuart Smalley, Henry Kissinger, Pat Robertson

Kate McKinnon — 10 seasons and counting (2012-present)

The longest serving female cast member of “SNL” (and the show’s first openly lesbian star) has been a dynamo on the show who has earned two Primetime Emmys for her work. Best characters: Hillary Clinton, Old Hollywood star Debette Goldry, Whiskers R We founder Barbara DeDrew, Rudy Giuliani

Maya Rudolph — 9 seasons (2000-07) The Groundlings veteran joined the cast for the final three episodes of the 1999-2000 season and then stayed for nearly a decade — and memorably returned to play a spot-on version of VP Kamala Harris in 2000. Best characters: Beyoncé Knowles, Nuni Schoener, Space Creature from “Gays in Space,” Kamala Harris, “Bronx Beat” co-host Jodi Dietz


Kevin Nealon — 9 seasons (1986-95) Nealon joined the cast in 1986 on the recommendation of Dana Carvey — with whom he broke out as “pump you up” bodybuilders Hans and Franz. He also anchored “Weekend Update” from 1991-94. Best characters: Franz, Mr. Subliminal, Frank Gannon – Politically Incorrect Private Investigator


Bobby Moynihan — 9 seasons (2008-17) Moynihan landed on “SNL” after appearing in the Seth Meyers-directed web series “The Line.” Best characters: Drunk Uncle, second-hand news reporter Anthony Crispino, Pizzeria Uno waiter Mark Payne, underground rock fan Ass Dan

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