The Success of SNL Alums

The early cast of Saturday Night Live, the so-called "Not-Ready-for-Primetime Players," are legends of show biz -- Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi (may he rest in peace), Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, Laraine Newman, Gilda Radner, and then Bill Murray. Over the years, the cast has had its ups and downs. For every brilliant Eddie Murphy or Martin Short, there were countless forgettable performers who came and went. Even some talented castmembers had difficulty carrying their careers over to the big screen, with flops like It's Pat, The Coneheads, and A Night at the Roxbury littering the cinematic landscape.  But then there are the success stories -- Mike Myers and Dana Carvey in Wayne's World, the string of hits by Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, and Tina Fey.

Now we're witnessing what might be considered a golden age by SNL alums. Jimmy Fallon will be the new host of The Tonight Show. Seth Meyers will take over Late Night.  Andy Samberg won a Golden Globe for his role in the hit comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Amy Poehler won one for Parks and Recreation.

The current cast is, arguably, one of the best in years. I see a bright future for Kenan Thompson, Bobby Moynihan, Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong, Aidy Bryant, Vanessa Bayer, Taran Killam, Nasim Pedrad, and Jay Pharoah.

Who will be the next breakout star?