‘SNL': Longest Running Cast Members, From Jason Sudeikis to Kenan Thompson (Photos)

Kenan Thompson — 18 seasons and counting (2003- ) Thompson, who first broke out in the 1990s Nickelodeon sketch series “All That” and co-starred with Kel Mitchell in the 1996-2000 sitcom “Kenan & Kel,” joined “SNL” in 2003. After two years as a featured player, he was promoted in 2005 — and has cemented his reputation as the longest-serving cast member in the show’s history. Best characters: Diondre Hall, host of “What’s Up With That”; Steve Harvey; “Cinema Classics” host Reese De’What; Al Sharpton

Darrell Hammond — 14 seasons (1995-2009) The gifted impressionist who impersonated more than 100 people on the show used to hold the record for the longest-serving cast member — though he could reclaim the title since he served as the show’s announcer after Don Pardo died in 2015. Best characters: Bill Clinton, Sean Connery, Jay Leno, Donald Trump

Seth Meyers — 13 seasons (2001-2014) Meyers joined the cast with Amy Poehler and enjoyed a record 10-year run as the anchor of “Weekend Update.” He also served as the show’s head writer. Best characters: “Weekend Update” anchor, Dave “Zinger” Clinger, Michael Caine, Dan Needler

Fred Armisen — 11 seasons (2002-13) The former drummer for the ’90s punk band Trenchmouth made quite an impression in his 11 seasons — playing a wide range of characters of different genders and ethnicities (including, controversially, Barack Obama). Best characters: Stuart from “The Californians,” Garth of Garth and Kath, Venezuelan comic Fericito