Cast Member Details With Their Respective Net Worth
1. Kenan Thompson (Net Worth: $11 Million)
One of the most experienced members of SNL’s cast, Kenan Thompson started out in comedy on ‘All That’ and ‘Kenan & Kel’ in the 90s and from then on has established himself as SNL royalty.
He is SNL’s longest-serving member who joined the show in 2003 and is worth $9 Million as of May 2020. His famous sketches include his impressions of David Ortiz,
2. Colin Jost (Net Worth: $6 Million)
A host of the Weekend Update and Scarlett Johansson's fiancé, Colin Jost's $6 Million net worth is thanks to his comedy filled news update and political satire on Weekend Update, SNL’s segment of the news.
3. Kate McKinnon (Net Worth: $6 Million)
Kate McKinnon is perhaps one of the best performers on SNL whose numerous impressions of celebs like Justin Bieber, Ellen DeGeneres, and political figures like Jeff Sessions, and Hillary Clinton have been beloved by fans.
4. Leslie Jones: (Net Worth: $5 Million)
Leslie Jones is a writer and actress in addition to being a comedian. She also starred with Kate McKinnon on the Ghostbusters reboot.
Her popular performances after joining the show in 2014 include the parody of R. Kelly’s infamous interview.
5. Kyle Mooney (Net Worth: $2 Million)
At SNL since 2013, the comedian has been used in various musical sketches of the show, and also as some political figures, his net worth in 2020 is $2 million.
6. Mikey Day (Net Worth: $2 Million)
Best Known for his impression of POTUS Trump’s son and ‘Matt Shatt’, Mikey Day is also a writer turned comedian.
7. Pete Davidson (Net Worth: $2 Million)
Perhaps one of the most talented yet controversial comedians on SNL, Pete Davidson has created a no-holds-barred comic style that has made him immensely popular.
Struggling with mental health and publicly threatening suicide after his break-up with Ariana Grande, the star landed on his feet and has established himself again as a fearless comedian, who isn’t afraid to poke fun at anything even his home state of Staten Island.
The new artists on SNL are already popular, Bowen Yang for his eccentric sketch performances and Chloe Fineman for her impeccable comic timing.
Salary Of SNL Cast In 2020
Almost all of the main cast appear in the sketches and receive a hefty salary. While much of the salary depends on the time spent by the cast on the show, popularity with the audience is also a factor.
The exact salaries received by stars are not public information but SNL and Lorne Michaels have a system of increasing pay each year. Original cast members had a relatively measly salary back when the show started in 1975, only getting $750 per episode.
Slowly, as the show progressed and rose in popularity the pay rose immensely year on year. Breakout stars were also paid more than the radiational amount with Billy Crystal and Martin Short earnings more than $25k per episode.
On average the salary of the cast members ranges from around $7 thousand to $15 thousand per episode.
Net Worth And Salary Of Popular Recurring Cast Members
There are some incredible recurring members of the sketch show like Alec Baldwin who has garnered immense popularity with his spot-on impression of the POTUS Donald Trump. He is paid $1,400 every time he plays Trump. Baldwin has a net worth of around $65 Million in 2020.
Similarly, other popular recurring actors like Ben Stiller (worth $200 million), Robert De Niro ($500 million), etc. have also played popular political figures on sketches in what many have called the renaissance of SNO due to the Trump era.
Eddie Murphy Saved SNL From Cancellation
The show was struggling to get high ratings in the early late 1970s and 5 years after it first premiered it was on the verge of cancellation.
Ratings had dropped a lot and critics were calling the show sub-par.
Right the, an emerging comedian by the name of Eddie Murphy joined the cast of the show.
The former cast members had all left as had the creator Lorne Michaels, a new person had taken over the helm and the remaining cast were all loyal to Michaels.
After the whole cast left as their show of support for Lorne, new members were brought in including the then-unknown Eddie Murphy.
Some other comedians like Piscopo, Denny Dillon, Gail Matthius, Yvonne Hudson, Gilbert Gottfried, Ann Risley, and Charles Rocket were also cast.
Charles Rocket was touted to be the breakout star of the season but after a few episodes it was apparent that Murphy would take the mantle.
His performances got the show a lot of fans and the ratings soared through the roof.
Murphy’s performances brought life to the show that critics had started to call 'Saturday Night Dead'.
The 40th anniversary of the show also honored Eddie and his contribution to the show, the creators of the show and the studio execs have all credited the star for saving the show.