Will Ferrell joined "SNL" in 1995 and left in 2002, establishing a cavalcade of memorable characters along the way. After leaving the show, Ferrell embarked on a successful film career, starring in such blockbuster comedies as "Anchorman", "Elf" and "Daddy's Home". He also co-founded the Funny or Die brand, starred on Broadway (reprising his "SNL" characterization of President George W. Bush) in "You're Welcome America: A Final Night with George W. Bush", and, in 2015, played five games of Major League Baseball for a Funny or Die charity/comedy special.
Exiting "SNL" in 2004 after six seasons, Jimmy Fallon headed to Hollywood, where he starred in the movies "Taxi" and "Fever Pitch" (and let's not forget his memorable supporting role in "Almost Famous"). When Conan O'Brien left "Late Night" in 2009 to briefly take over "The Tonight Show" before Jay Leno snatched it back, Fallon was tapped for what became "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon". When Leno finally exited "Tonight" in 2014, Fallon became the new "Tonight" host, a role he's held ever since.
An "SNL" cast member from 1996 until 2002, Gasteyer has maintained a busy schedule with stage and screen work, racking up dozens of film and TV roles. Recent credits include Netflix's "Wine Country", the Fox musical "A Christmas Story Live!" and a guest-starring role on Global's "Prodigal Son". Gasteyer was also recently revealed to be the Tree on "The Masked Singer".
When he departed at age 53 in 2009, Darrell Hammond held the distinction of being the oldest "SNL" cast member, having joined the show in 1995. He was renowned for his bang-on impressions — all 107 of them — including President Bill Clinton and future president Donald Trump. After the death of longtime announcer Don Pardo, Hammond took over as "SNL" announcer, a role he has maintained ever since. He's also returned for the occasional sketch, recently playing former "Hardball" host Chris Matthews in a cold open.
Since his exit from "SNL" in 2007, Chris Kattan starred in a Super Bowl commercial for Pepsi, re-teamed with Will Ferrell to reprise their popular nightclub characters on the big screen in "A Night at the Roxbury" and appeared as a contestant on the 24th season of "Dancing With the Stars".
A member of the "SNL" cast from 1996 until 2003, Tracy Morgan went on to star in fellow "SNL" alum Tina Fey's "30 Rock", which ran from 2006 to '13 (he even received an Emmy nomination). Morgan's career was sidelined after a car accident involving a Walmart truck. After a years-long recovery period, he successfully sued Wal-Mart and was awarded an undisclosed sum reported to be $90 million. In 2018, he returned to TV as star of "The Last O.G." and continues to perform standup comedy.
After his "Saturday Night Live" stint from 1998 to 2006, Chris Parnell could regularly be seen as Dr. Leo Spaceman on "30 Rock". Recent roles include "Will & Grace" and his ongoing series of commercials for the Progressive insurance company. He's also been a sought-after voice actor, with roles on such animated series as "Archer" and "Rick and Morty".
An "SNL" cast member from 1998 until 2006, Sanz starred in "The Motherhood" in 2009, playing Horatio the "manny" in the short-lived ABC sitcom. In 2010, Sanz and fellow "SNL" alum Chris Parnell co-starred in the Comedy Central series "Big Lake". In 2008, Sanz revealed he had lost nearly 100 pounds. He's hosted his podcast, "The Hooray Show", since 2015.
Molly Shannon's final season was in 2000-2001; she's maintained a busy work schedule ever since. Film work includes "Happiness", "Never Been Kissed", "How the Grinch Stole Christmas", Will Ferrell's "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby", plus she voices Igor in the "Hotel Transylvania" series. She's also racked up too many TV credits to list, and recently reunited with her former "SNL" co-star Ferrell to provide bonkers commentary on the royal wedding and the Rose Parade as fictional TV hosts Cord and Tish. In 2017 she won the Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film "Other People".
Rachel Dratch joined the cast in the 1999 season and remained on "SNL" until 2006. Post-"SNL" work includes TV series "The King of Queens" and "30 Rock", and movies, including "Click" and "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry". She recently returned to "SNL" to portray Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and revived her Debbie Downer character.
After exiting "Saturday Night Live" in 2006, Tina Fey created a big-screen hit with her screenplay for "Mean Girls" then a small-screen hit as star/co-creator of critically acclaimed sitcom "30 Rock", which ran from 2006 until 2013. She also co-created the Netflix comedy "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt". In addition, Fey starred in big-screen comedies "Baby Mama" (which she also wrote), "Date Night", "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" and the Netflix movie "Wine Country". Fey and Amy Poehler also earned raves co-hosting the Golden Globes three times — and are set to do it again in 2021.
Joining "SNL" as a featured player in the 2000 season, Maya Rudolph quickly became one of the show's most utilized cast members. After leaving the show in 2007, she appeared in such movies as "Grown Ups" and "Bridesmaids", and starred in the NBC sitcom "Up All Night". Rudolph also co-starred with Martin Short in the 2016 variety show "Maya & Marty", and earned two Emmy nominations for her recurring role in "The Good Place".