List of Saturday Night Live writers

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The following is a list of Saturday Night Live writers. The show, created by Lorne Michaels is an American live sketch comedy and variety show. The show, which has aired since 1975, has employed a large and changing staff of writers.

Seasons: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39

Season 1 (1975–76)[edit]

Michael O'Donoghue, the first SNL head writer.
Head writer(s)
Lorne Michaels & Michael O'Donoghue
Writing staff

Season 2 (1976–77)[edit]

Head writer(s)
Michael O'Donoghue
Writing staff

Season 3 (1977–78)[edit]

Head writer(s)
Michael O'Donoghue
Writing staff

Season 4 (1978–79)[edit]

Head writer(s)
Herb Sargent
Writing staff

Season 5 (1979–80)[edit]

Writer Tom Gammill in 2011
Head writer(s)
Herb Sargent
Writing staff

Season 6 (1980–81)[edit]

Head writer(s)
Mason Williams (episodes 1-12), Michael O'Donoghue (episode 13)
Writing staff

Season 7 (1981–82)[edit]

Head writer(s)
Michael O'Donoghue (episodes 1-8), Bob Tischler (episodes 9–)
Writing staff

Season 8 (1982–83)[edit]

Joe Piscopo in 2009
Head writer(s)
Bob Tischler & Andrew Smith
Writing staff

Season 9 (1983–84)[edit]

Jim Belushi in 1982
Head writer(s)
Bob Tischler & Andrew Smith
Writing staff

Season 10 (1984–85)[edit]

Writer Larry David in 2009
Head writer(s)
Bob Tischler & Andrew Smith
Writing staff

Season 11 (1985–86)[edit]

Writer John Swartzwelder in 1992
Head writer(s)
Al Franken & Tom Davis
Writing staff

Season 12 (1986–87)[edit]

Writer E. Jean Carroll in 2006
Head writer(s)
Jim Downey
Writing staff

Season 13 (1987–88)[edit]

Head writer(s)
Jim Downey
Writing staff
  • A. Whitney Brown
  • Tom Davis[3]
  • Greg Daniels
  • Jim Downey
  • Al Franken
  • Jack Handey
  • Phil Hartman
  • George Meyer
  • Lorne Michaels
  • Conan O'Brien
  • Bob Odenkirk
  • Herb Sargent
  • Marc Shaiman
  • Rosie Shuster
  • Robert Smigel
  • Bonnie Turner
  • Terry Turner
  • Christine Zander

Season 14 (1988–89)[edit]

Head writer(s)
Jim Downey
Writing staff
  • John Bowman
  • A. Whitney Brown
  • Tom Davis[3]
  • Greg Daniels
  • Jim Downey
  • Al Franken
  • Shannon Gaughan
  • Jack Handey
  • Phil Hartman
  • George Meyer
  • Lorne Michaels
  • Mike Myers
  • Conan O'Brien
  • Bob Odenkirk
  • Herb Sargent
  • Tom Schiller
  • Marc Shaiman
  • Robert Smigel
  • Bonnie Turner
  • Terry Turner
  • Christine Zander

Season 15 (1989–90)[edit]

Head writer(s)
Jim Downey
Writing staff
  • A. Whitney Brown
  • Tom Davis[3]
  • Greg Daniels
  • Jim Downey
  • Al Franken
  • Jack Handey
  • Tom Hymes
  • Lorne Michaels
  • Mike Myers
  • Conan O'Brien
  • Bob Odenkirk
  • Adam Sandler
  • Herb Sargent
  • Tom Schiller
  • Rob Schneider
  • Robert Smigel
  • David Spade
  • Bonnie Turner
  • Terry Turner
  • Jon Vitti
  • Christine Zander

Season 16 (1990–91)[edit]

Head writer(s)
Jim Downey
Writing staff
  • A. Whitney Brown
  • Tom Davis[3]
  • Jim Downey
  • Al Franken
  • Jack Handey
  • Daniel McGrath
  • Lorne Michaels
  • Conan O'Brien
  • Bob Odenkirk
  • Andrew Robin
  • Adam Sandler
  • Herb Sargent
  • Tom Schiller
  • Rob Schneider
  • Robert Smigel
  • David Spade
  • Bonnie Turner
  • Terry Turner
  • Christine Zander

Season 17 (1991–92)[edit]

Head writer(s)
Jim Downey
Writing staff

Season 18 (1992–93)[edit]

Head writer(s)
Jim Downey
Writing staff
  • Tom Davis[3]
  • Jim Downey
  • Al Franken
  • Jack Handey
  • Bruce Handy
  • Warren Hutcherson
  • Dawna Kaufmann
  • Steven Koren
  • David Mandel
  • Ian Maxtone-Graham
  • Tim Meadows
  • Lorne Michaels
  • Venessa Middleton
  • Marilyn Suzanne Miller
  • Bob Odenkirk
  • Glenn Rockowitz
  • Adam Sandler
  • Herb Sargent
  • Tom Schiller
  • Robert Smigel
  • David Spade
  • Christine Zander

Season 19 (1993–94)[edit]

Head writer(s)
Jim Downey
Writing staff

Season 20 (1994–95)[edit]

Head writer(s)
Jim Downey
Writing staff

Season 21 (1995–96)[edit]

Head writer(s)
Steve Higgins & Fred Wolf
Writing staff
  • Ross Abrash
  • Andy Breckman
  • Cindy Caponera
  • Jim Downey
  • Hugh Fink
  • Tom Gianas
  • Peter Gualke
  • Jack Handey
  • Steve Higgins
  • Norm Hiscock
  • Tim Herlihy
  • Steven Koren
  • Adam McKay
  • Dennis McNicholas
  • Lorne Michaels
  • Erin Moroney
  • Lori Nasso
  • Paula Pell[9]
  • Colin Quinn
  • Frank Sebastiano
  • Robert Smigel
  • Andrew Steele
  • Fred Wolf

Season 22 (1996–97)[edit]

Head writer(s)
Steve Higgins & Tim Herlihy
Writing staff
  • Ross Abrash
  • David Breckman
  • Cindy Caponera
  • Robert Carlock
  • Stephen Colbert
  • Jim Downey
  • Hugh Fink
  • Tom Gianas
  • Steve Higgins
  • Norm Hiscock
  • Tim Herlihy
  • Adam McKay
  • Dennis McNicholas
  • Lorne Michaels
  • Lori Nasso
  • David Peidmont
  • Paula Pell[9]
  • Colin Quinn
  • Frank Sebastiano
  • Robert Smigel
  • Andrew Steele
  • Scott Waino

Season 23 (1997–98)[edit]

Head writer(s)
Tim Herlihy & Adam McKay
Writing staff
  • Ross Abrash
  • Cindy Caponera
  • Robert Carlock
  • Jim Downey
  • Tina Fey
  • Hugh Fink
  • Tom Gianas
  • Steve Higgins
  • Tim Herlihy
  • Steven Koren
  • Adam McKay
  • Michael McCullers
  • Dennis McNicholas
  • Lorne Michaels
  • Lori Nasso
  • David Peidmont
  • Paula Pell[9]
  • Michael Schur
  • Frank Sebastiano
  • Robert Smigel
  • Andrew Steele
  • Scott Waino

Season 24 (1998–99)[edit]

Head writer(s)
Adam McKay[10]
Writing staff
  • Robert Carlock
  • Jerry Collins
  • Steven Cragg
  • Tony Daro
  • Tina Fey
  • Hugh Fink
  • Richard Francese
  • Matt Graham
  • Steve Higgins
  • Tim Herlihy
  • Ray James
  • Adam McKay
  • Dennis McNicholas
  • Lorne Michaels
  • Lori Nasso
  • David Peidmont
  • Paula Pell[9]
  • Michael Schur
  • T. Sean Shannon
  • Robert Smigel
  • Andrew Steele
  • Scott Wainio

Season 25 (1999–2000)[edit]

Tina Fey the head writer from 1999–06.
Head writer(s)
Tina Fey[10]
Writing staff
  • Kevin Brennan
  • Robert Carlock
  • Jerry Collins
  • Steven Cragg
  • Tony Daro
  • Ali Farahnakian
  • Tina Fey
  • Hugh Fink
  • Richard Francese
  • Steve Higgins
  • Tim Herlihy
  • Adam McKay
  • Dennis McNicholas
  • Lorne Michaels
  • David Peidmont
  • Paula Pell[9]
  • J. J. Philbin
  • Michael Schur
  • T. Sean Shannon
  • Andrew Steele
  • Scott Wainio

Season 26 (2000–01)[edit]

Head writer(s)
Tina Fey & Dennis McNicholas[10]
Writing staff
  • James Anderson
  • Robert Carlock
  • Tony Daro
  • Jim Downey
  • Tina Fey
  • Hugh Fink
  • Melanie Graham
  • Steve Higgins
  • Erik Kenward
  • Adam McKay
  • Dennis McNicholas
  • Lorne Michaels
  • Jerry Minor
  • David Peidmont
  • Paula Pell[9]
  • Jon Rosenfeld
  • Michael Schur
  • Frank Sebastiano
  • T. Sean Shannon
  • Robert Smigel
  • Andrew Steele
  • Scott Wainio

Season 27 (2001–02)[edit]

Head writer(s)
Tina Fey & Dennis McNicholas
Writing staff
  • Doug Abeles
  • James Anderson
  • Max Brooks
  • Jim Downey
  • Tina Fey
  • Hugh Fink
  • Charlie Grandy
  • Jack Handey
  • Steve Higgins
  • Erik Kenward
  • Dennis McNicholas
  • Lorne Michaels
  • David Peidmont
  • Paula Pell[9]
  • Ken Scarborough
  • Michael Schur
  • T. Sean Shannon
  • Robert Smigel
  • Barry Sobel
  • Andrew Steele
  • Scott Wainio

Season 28 (2002–03)[edit]

Head writer(s)
Tina Fey & Dennis McNicholas
Writing staff
  • Doug Abeles
  • Leo Allen
  • James Anderson
  • Max Brooks
  • Tom Davis[3]
  • Jim Downey
  • James Eagan
  • Tina Fey
  • Charlie Grandy
  • Steve Higgins
  • Erik Kenward
  • Dennis McNicholas
  • Lorne Michaels
  • Corwin Moore
  • Paula Pell[9]
  • Ken Scarborough
  • Michael Schur
  • Frank Sebastiano
  • T. Sean Shannon
  • Robert Smigel
  • Eric Slovin
  • Emily Spivey
  • Andrew Steele
  • Scott Wainio

Season 29 (2003–04)[edit]

Head writer(s)
Tina Fey & Dennis McNicholas
Writing staff
  • Doug Abeles
  • Leo Allen
  • James Anderson
  • Jordan Black
  • Jim Downey
  • James Eagan
  • Tina Fey
  • Charlie Grandy
  • Steve Higgins
  • David Iserson
  • Joe Kelly
  • Erik Kenward
  • John Lutz
  • Dennis McNicholas
  • Lorne Michaels
  • Paula Pell[9]
  • Ken Scarborough
  • Michael Schur
  • Frank Sebastiano
  • T. Sean Shannon
  • Robert Smigel
  • J. B. Smoove
  • Eric Slovin
  • Emily Spivey
  • Andrew Steele
  • Jason Sudeikis
  • Rich Talarico

Season 30 (2004–05)[edit]

Head writer(s)
Tina Fey & Andrew Steele
Writing staff
  • Doug Abeles
  • Leo Allen
  • James Anderson
  • Alex Baze[11]
  • Jim Downey
  • Tina Fey
  • Charlie Grandy
  • Steve Higgins
  • Joe Kelly
  • Erik Kenward
  • John Lutz
  • Matt Murray
  • Lorne Michaels
  • Paula Pell[9]
  • Lauren Pomerantz
  • Frank Sebastiano
  • T. Sean Shannon
  • Robert Smigel
  • J. B. Smoove
  • Eric Slovin
  • Emily Spivey
  • Andrew Steele
  • Jason Sudeikis
  • Rich Talarico

Season 31 (2005–06)[edit]

Head writer(s)
Tina Fey, Seth Meyers[12] & Andrew Steele[13]
Writing staff
  • Doug Abeles
  • James Anderson
  • Alex Baze
  • Tina Fey
  • Charlie Grandy
  • Steve Higgins
  • Colin Jost
  • Mindy Kaling
  • Erik Kenward
  • John Lutz
  • Matt Murray
  • Seth Meyers
  • Lorne Michaels
  • Paula Pell[9]
  • Andy Samberg (SNL Digital Shorts)
  • Akiva Schaffer
  • Frank Sebastiano
  • T. Sean Shannon
  • Robert Smigel
  • J. B. Smoove
  • Emily Spivey
  • Andrew Steele
  • Jorma Taccone
  • Bryan Tucker

Season 32 (2006–07)[edit]

Seth Meyers the head writer from 2006-2014
Head writer(s)
Seth Meyers, Paula Pell & Andrew Steele[14]
Writing staff
  • Doug Abeles
  • James Anderson
  • Alex Baze
  • Jim Downey
  • Will Forte (MacGruber)
  • Charlie Grandy
  • Steve Higgins
  • Colin Jost
  • Erik Kenward
  • John Lutz
  • Matt Murray
  • Seth Meyers
  • Lorne Michaels
  • Paula Pell[9]
  • Andy Samberg (SNL Digital Shorts)
  • Marika Sawyer
  • Akiva Schaffer
  • Robert Smigel
  • John Solomon
  • Emily Spivey
  • Andrew Steele
  • Jorma Taccone
  • Bryan Tucker

Season 33 (2007–08)[edit]

Head writer(s)
Seth Meyers, Paula Pell, Andrew Steele
Writing staff
  • Doug Abeles
  • James Anderson
  • Alex Baze
  • Jim Downey
  • Will Forte (MacGruber)
  • Charlie Grandy
  • Steve Higgins
  • Colin Jost
  • Erik Kenward
  • Rob Klein
  • John Lutz
  • Seth Meyers
  • Lorne Michaels
  • Paula Pell[9]
  • Simon Rich
  • Andy Samberg (SNL Digital Shorts)
  • Marika Sawyer
  • Akiva Schaffer
  • Robert Smigel
  • John Solomon
  • Emily Spivey
  • Andrew Steele
  • Kent Sublette
  • Jorma Taccone
  • Bryan Tucker

Season 34 (2008–09)[edit]

Head writer(s)
Seth Meyers
Writing staff
  • Doug Abeles
  • James Anderson
  • Alex Baze
  • Jessica Conrad
  • Jim Downey
  • Will Forte (MacGruber)
  • Steve Higgins
  • Colin Jost
  • Erik Kenward
  • Rob Klein
  • John Lutz
  • Seth Meyers
  • Lorne Michaels
  • John Mulaney
  • Paula Pell[9]
  • Simon Rich
  • Andy Samberg (SNL Digital Shorts)
  • Marika Sawyer
  • Akiva Schaffer
  • John Solomon
  • Emily Spivey
  • Kent Sublette
  • Jorma Taccone
  • Bryan Tucker

Season 35 (2009–10)[edit]

Head writer(s)
Seth Meyers
Writing staff

Season 36 (2010–11)[edit]

Head writer(s)
Seth Meyers
Writing staff
  • Doug Abeles
  • James Anderson
  • Alex Baze
  • Heather Anne Campbell
  • Jessica Conrad
  • Matt Craig
  • Jim Downey
  • Tom Flanigan
  • Shelly Gossman
  • Steve Higgins
  • Colin Jost
  • Erik Kenward
  • Rob Klein
  • Jonathan Krisel
  • Seth Meyers
  • Lorne Michaels
  • John Mulaney
  • Christine Nangle
  • Michael Patrick O'Brien
  • Paula Pell[9]
  • Simon Rich
  • Andy Samberg (SNL Digital Shorts)
  • Marika Sawyer
  • Akiva Schaffer
  • Sarah Schneider (episodes 18-22)
  • John Solomon
  • Kent Sublette
  • Jorma Taccone (select SNL Digital Shorts, uncredited)
  • Bryan Tucker

Season 37 (2011–12)[edit]

Head writer(s)[15]
Seth Meyers
Writing staff[15]
  • James Anderson
  • Alex Baze (Weekend Update)
  • Jessica Conrad
  • Jim Downey
  • Shelly Gossman
  • Steve Higgins
  • Colin Jost
  • Zach Kanin[16]
  • Chris Kelly[17]
  • Erik Kenward
  • Rob Klein
  • Seth Meyers
  • Lorne Michaels
  • John Mulaney
  • Christine Nangle
  • Michael Patrick O'Brien
  • Paula Pell[9]
  • Marika Sawyer
  • Sarah Schneider
  • Pete Schultz[16]
  • John Solomon
  • Kent Sublette
  • Bryan Tucker

Season 38 (2012–13)[edit]

Head writer(s)[18]
Seth Meyers & Colin Jost
Writing staff[18]
  • James Anderson
  • Alex Baze (Weekend Update)
  • Neil Casey[19]
  • Jim Downey (Political)
  • Steve Higgins
  • Colin Jost
  • Zach Kanin
  • Chris Kelly
  • Joe Kelly
  • Erik Kenward
  • Rob Klein
  • Seth Meyers
  • Lorne Michaels
  • John Mulaney
  • Michael Patrick O'Brien
  • Josh Patten (Weekend Update)[20]
  • Paula Pell
  • Marika Sawyer
  • Sarah Schneider
  • Pete Schultz (Weekend Update)
  • John Solomon
  • Kent Sublette
  • Bryan Tucker

Season 39 (2013–14)[edit]

Head writer(s)[21][22]
Seth Meyers (episodes 1-13), Colin Jost, & Rob Klein, and Bryan Tucker (episodes 13-)[22]
Writing staff
  • James Anderson[22]
  • Alex Baze (Weekend Update)
  • Michael Che[23]
  • Will Clagett
  • Mikey Day[24]
  • James Downey
  • Steve Higgins
  • Colin Jost
  • Leslie Jones[25]
  • Zach Kanin
  • Chris Kelly
  • Erik Kenward[22]
  • Rob Klein
  • Seth Meyers
  • Lorne Michaels
  • Claire Mulaney[26]
  • Josh Patten
  • Paula Pell
  • Katie Rich[27]
  • Tim Robinson[21]
  • Marika Sawyer
  • Sarah Schneider[22]
  • Pete Schultz
  • John Solomon
  • Kent Sublette[22]
  • LaKendra Tookes[25]
  • Bryan Tucker

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