Data Visualization Explores The Most Connected Saturday Night Live Cast Members

Live from New York: Who's the most influential cast member over 43 seasons?
Live from New York: Who's the most influential cast member over 43 seasons?
Photo: lane_dog

After 43 seasons filming "Live from New York", NBC's Saturday Night Live has amassed quite the list of comedians, each one with different time lines, starting seasons, seasons on the show, and character counts. Redditor lane_dog wanted to quantify this data, so s/he analyzed the cast members in every scene ever aired to see which members have worked with the most other members.

Actors are connected if they appear in a sketch together. Nodes are sized by the number of connections, and colored by modularity (community).

According to the analysis, the top 5 most connected comedians on the show are:

  1. Kenan Thompson
  2. Tim Meadows
  3. Phil Hartman
  4. Will Ferrell
  5. Fred Armisen

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