The “Saturday Night Live” cast has received a number of overhauls over the 30-plus years it has been on the air. While the original “Not for Primetime” players have all moved on to successful movie and television careers, a new generation steps up and tries to live up to the geniuses that came before them. The show has produced some of the funniest comics that entertainment has ever seen.
Chevy Chase – The original “Saturday Night Live” cast featured names like John Belushi, Dan Akyroyd and Jane Curtain, but the man who broke out and became the most successful of them all was Chevy Chase. Chase perfected the “Weekend Update” which still exists today and is well known for his President Ford impersonations. After leaving the show, Chase appeared in a number of movies that are comedy classics, including “Caddyshack,” “Fletch” and the “Vacation” movies. His role as the endearingly racist curmudgeon, Pierce, on NBC's "Community" has revived his career and kept him relevant in to the Apatow generation of comedy.
Andy Samberg – A lot of people say “Saturday Night Live” is not as good as it used to be. They need to just look to Andy Samberg to see one of the more talented “Saturday Night Live” cast members of the last decade. While he is not best known for his sketches, his digital shorts have made him a huge name on the show. Performing with his comedy troupe, The Lonely Island, they have created some of the best short musical parodies to ever appear on the show, including many with Justin Timberlake.