The “Women of SNL,” by the numbers

Since it has been statistically proven that people love statistics about Saturday Night Live, let's figure out how strongly SNL feels about the women of SNL, as depicted last night on the NBC two-hour special, The Women of SNL.

Because not all women of SNL are created equal. Apparently.

By the numbers, 43 women have made the show's featured or main cast. Only 20 of them, however, appeared in one form or another on the two-hour special celebrating their contributions to the show over thirty-six seasons. Let's break it down.

Featured in new sketches and/or interviews:

Rachel Dratch, Nora Dunn, Tina Fey, Ana Gasteyer, Jan Hooks, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Laraine Newman, Cheri Oteri, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Molly Shannon, Kristen Wiig

Featured in taped sketches, in a leading or supporting role:

18: Amy Poehler

11: Kristen Wiig

8: Gilda Radner

7: Maya Rudolph, Molly Shannon

6: Ana Gasteyer, Laraine Newman

5: Jane Curtin, Rachel Dratch

4: Tina Fey, Jan Hooks, Cheri Oteri, Casey Wilson

2: Nora Dunn, Michaela Watkins

1: Abby Elliott, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Victoria Jackson, Jenny Slate, Julia Sweeney

Not pictured (aka featured less than any male cast member who appeared on "The Women of SNL"): Morwenna Banks, Vanessa Bayer, Beth Cahill, Ellen Cleghorne, Joan Cusack, Denny Dillon, Robin Duke, Christine Ebersole, Siobhan Fallon, Janeane Garofalo, Mary Gross, Yvonne Hudson, Melanie Hutsell, Laura Kightlinger, Gail Matthius, Laurie Metcalf, Nasim Pedrad, Emily Prager, Ann Risley, Sarah Silverman, Pamela Stephenson, Danitra Vance, Nancy Walls





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6 thoughts on “The “Women of SNL,” by the numbers

  1. I can’t believe they didn’t show any clips of some really good bits (maybe because they’re not “classic” or feature Amy Poehler or Tina Fey) – for example, Robin Duke as “Mr and Mrs T’s Bloody Mary Mix”, Mary Gross as Alfalfa of the Little Rascals, etc. Shame on the editing team of this way too long show that didn’t feature enough breadth of all or even most of the women on SNL.

  2. They did shown every sketch Emily Prager appeared in (She’s the only credited cast member to never appear on the show)
    They showed all but one of Laurie Metcalf’s sketches (She only appeared in one Weekend Update segment)

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