Top Saturday Night Live Alums

Stars who made it big after the show
By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2009 2:40 PM CDT
Al Franken talks with reporters in Minneapolis on April 13, 2009.    (AP Photo/Craig Lassig)
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(Newser) – Not all Saturday Night Live alums go on to bigger and better things after leaving the show. Time pronounces the top 10 who did.

  • Will Ferrell has come a long way since those cheerleader sketches. His latest flick, Land of the Lost, opens today (and judging from the reviews, it's a good thing he already has an enthusiastic fan base).
  • Janeane Garofalo and Sarah Silverman didn't last long on SNL, but that hasn't mattered much since.

  • John Belushi: The Blues Brother made his mark despite his early death.
  • Chevy Chase and Bill Murray were household names then, and they're household names now.
  • Chris Rock and Eddie Murphy both went on to win Grammys and dominate screens both big and small.
  • Tina Fey dabbles in political impersonations when she's not writing and starring in her network show.
  • Al Franken, aka Stuart Smalley, may soon be the junior senator from Minnesota.