ladies of SNL, ranked

Whether you’re a fan or not of these past couple seasons of Saturday Night Live, you’ll at least have to relent when it comes to the turn-of-the-century (and a bit of the late ’90s) cast’s efforts when it came to the females. Making it cool to be a woman on SNL for a new generation (and becoming the MVPs over virtually every male co-star), these six ladies have had varying success outside the world of the late-night sketch comedy.

Rachel Dratch
**SNL fame: +3
**Awards cache: N/A
**Failed comedies: Dickie Roberts (-1), Click (+1), I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (+1), My Life in Ruins (-1), I Hate Valentine’s Day (-1)
**Indie cred: Winter Passing (-1), Looking for Kitty (-1),
Freshman Orientation (-1)
**Cult/fanboy hits: Down with Love (+1)
**Laughable dramas: N/A
**Box office biggies: Click (+1.4),
I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (+1.2)
**Later TV Work: Third Watch (+.5), Monk (+.5), Frasier (+.5), The King of Queens (+.5), Aqua Teen Hunger Force (+.5), Wizards of Waverly Place (+.5), Ugly Betty (+.5), Sherri (+.5), 30 Rock (+.5)
**Behind the camera: N/A
SUCCESS SCORE: 7.1
notes: Spring Breakdown got half-ways decent reviews – and I personally liked it – but it went straight to DVD, and success data is vague.

Tina Fey
**SNL fame: +6
**Awards cache: Nine Emmy noms (+4.5), Seven Emmy wins (+14), One Golden Globe nom (+.75), Two Golden Globe wins (+6),
Three Individual SAG wins (+3)
**Failed comedies: Beer League (-1), Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters (-1), The Invention of Lying (-1),
Mean Girls (+1), Baby Mama (+1), Date Night (+1), Megamind (+1)
**Indie cred: N/A
**Cult/fanboy hits: Mean Girls (+1)
**Laughable dramas: N/A
**Box office biggies: Mean Girls (+.9), Baby Mama (+.6),
Date Night (+1), Megamind (+.5)
**Later TV work: 30 Rock (+5), Sesame Street (+.5)
**Behind the camera: Writer of Saturday Night Live (+1), Writer of Mean Girls (+1), Writer/Producer of 30 Rock (+1),
Writer of The Colin Quinn Show (-1)
SUCCESS SCORE: 46.75
notes: Though a critical success, Ponyo had low box office receipts. Thus, jury’s out on its overall success.

Ana Gasteyer
**SNL fame: +3
**Awards cache: N/A
**Failed comedies: Meet the Deedles (-1), Dick (-1),
What Women Want (+1), Mean Girls (+1)
**Indie cred: Dare (+1)
**Cult/fanboy hits: Mean Girls (+1), Reefer Madness (+1)
**Laughable dramas: N/A
**Box office biggies: What Women Want (+1.8), Mean Girls (+.9)
**Later TV work: Party of Five (+.5), NYPD Blue (+.5), Law and Order (+.5), Just Shoot Me! (+.5), Mad About You (+.5), 3rd Rock from the Sun (+.5), Frasier (+.5), Reefer Madness (+1), The Good Wife (+.5), Chuck (+.5)
**Behind the camera: N/A
SUCCESS SCORE: 14.2
notes: What’s the Worst That Could Happen? and The Women had decent box office showings, but poor reviews.

Amy Poehler
**SNL fame: +5
**Awards cache: Three Emmy noms (+1.5)
**Failed comedies: Mean Girls (+1), Envy (-1), Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (-1), The Ex (-1), Blades of Glory (+1), Shrek the Third (+1), Horton Hears a Who! (+1), Baby Mama (+1), Monsters vs. Aliens (+1), Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (+1)
**Indie cred: Wet Hot American Summer (+1), Hamlet 2 (+1),
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (-1)
**Cult/fanboy hits: Wet Hot American Summer (+1), Mean Girls (+1), Southland Tales (+1), Hamlet 2 (+1)
**Laughable dramas: N/A
**Box office biggies: Mean Girls (+.9), Blades of Glory (+1.2), Shrek the Third (+3.2), Horton Hears a Who! (+1.5), Baby Mama (+.6), Monsters vs. Aliens (+2), Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel (+2.2)
**Later TV work: Undeclared (+.5), Arrested Development (+.5), The Simpsons (+.5), Spongebob Squarepants (+.5), The Mighty B! (+2), Parks and Recreation (+3)
**Behind the camera: Writer/Producer of Parks and Recreation (+1), Writer/Producer of The Mighty B! (+1)
SUCCESS SCORE: 36.1
notes: Mr. Woodcock had decent receipts, but middling reviews. Dilemma.

Maya Rudolph
**SNL fame: +3
**Awards cache: One Chicago Film Critics nom (+.5), One Washington, D.C. Film Critics nom (+.5)
**Failed comedies: Duets (-1), Duplex (-1), 50 First Dates (+1), A Prairie Home Companion (+1), Shrek the Third (+1), Away We Go (+1), MacGruber (-1), Grown Ups (+1)
**Indie cred: Chuck & Buck (+1), A Prairie Home Companion (+1),
Away We Go (+1)
**Cult/fanboy hits: Chuck & Buck (+1), Idiocracy (+1)
**Laughable dramas: N/A
**Box office biggies: 50 First Dates (+1.2), Shrek the Third (+3.2),
Grown Ups (+1.6)
**Later TV work: Action (+.5), City of Angels (+1), The Simpsons (+.5), Kath and Kim (+.5)
**Behind the camera: N/A
SUCCESS SCORE: 19.5
notes: Idiocracy did pretty poorly at the box office, but had a fairly above-average critical response.

Molly Shannon
**SNL fame: +5
**Awards cache: One Emmy nom (+.5)
**Failed comedies: Happiness (+1), Analyze This (+1), Never Been Kissed (+1), My 5 Wives (-1), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (+1), Osmosis Jones (-1), Serendipity (+1), The Santa Clause 2 (+1), My Boss’s Daughter (-1), Good Boy! (-1), Scary Movie 4 (+1), Talladega Nights (+1),
Evan Almighty (-1), Igor (-1)
**Indie cred: Happiness (+1), Wet Hot American Summer (+1),
American Splendor (+1), Marie Antoinette (+1), Year of the Dog (+1)
**Cult/fanboy hits: A Night at the Roxbury (+1), Superstar (+1),
Wet Hot American Summer (+1)
**Laughable dramas: Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace (-1)
**Box office biggies: Analyze This (+1.1), Never Been Kissed (+.6), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (+2.6), Serendipity (+.5), The Santa Clause 2 (+1.4), Scary Movie 4 (+.9), Little Man (+.6), Talladega Nights (+1.5), Evan Almighty (+1)
**Later TV work: The Single Guy (+.5), Seinfeld (+.5), Sex and the City (+.5), The Music Man (+1), Ed (+.5), Will and Grace (+.5), Scrubs (+.5), My Gym Partner’s a Monkey (+.5), 30 Rock (+.5), American Dad! (+.5), Pushing Daisies (+.5), Kath & Kim (+1), The New Adventures of Old Christine (+.5), Web Therapy (+.5), Glee (+.5), Neighbors from Hell (+1)
**Behind the camera: Writer of Superstar (+1)
SUCCESS SCORE: 35.2
notes: A Night at the Roxbury and Superstar have devoted followings and a not-so-bad box office draw, but the critics weren’t fans. Paradox. Oh, and it kills me to count The Grinch and Serendipity as positives, as I dislike both.

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5 responses to “ladies of SNL, ranked”

  1. Castor says :

    Tina Fey for the win! When will she get that big breakout on the big screen? It's really surprising that she hasn't done much of anything of note since Mean Girls in 2004…

  2. Anonymous says :

    Uhhhh… Hu-lloh-oh! Date Night! Funny, funny, fun-NAY!

  3. Dan says :

    Great work! Not surprising to see Tina Fey come out on top but you've highlighted some terrific work by the others. I think Amy Poehler's fame will rise – she's brilliant in everything I've seen.

  4. Andrew: Encore Entertainment says :

    Come on, Amy Poehler for the WIN!!!

  5. Jose says :

    Tina Fey is G-D.Period.Nice work Luke! :DI love all these ladies, I think only Kristen Wiig stands a chance of joining their likes soon.

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