1. Kate McKinnon
We’ll say it: Kate McKinnon is the new Kristen Wiig. She is SNL’s most valuable player and Lorne Michaels must be so thankful that they discovered her. McKinnon is a true master of sketch comedy. She can do accents, she can do impressions, she can do original characters, she can do Justin Bieber. She plays weirdos, she plays hotties, she plays weird hotties. When she’s deep into character her face lights up and the audience falls into near silence trying to take in how fully-formed McKinnon’s characters are. We’re always left wondering aloud, “How does she do that?!” And the only answer is that she was born that way. Thank goodness! SNL wouldn’t be the same without her.