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12 Funny Quotes From the Women of ‘SNL’

The women of Saturday Night Live are among the funniest comedians to ever grace our television screens. Whether impersonating a celebrity or performing a zany original character, these hilarious and talented performers ensure that every Saturday night is an absolute laugh riot.

From season 1 legends such as Gilda Radner to more modern talents including Tina Fey and Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live has produced countless comedy icons whose work has brightened our lives. Their clever and hysterical insights have helped make the world a happier and more lighthearted place.

In celebration of these women’s brilliant comedic minds, we’ve compiled a list featuring some laugh-out-loud quotes from their time on the show and beyond. Here are 12 funny quotes from the ladies of Saturday Night Live.

I’d much rather be a woman than a man. Women can cry, they can wear cute clothes, and they’re the first to be rescued off sinking ships.
Gilda Radner

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To say I’m an overrated troll, when you have never even seen me guard a bridge, is patently unfair.
Tina Fey

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People think I’m an overnight success. No. It’s just that you all found me overnight.
Leslie Jones

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Telling me to relax or smile when I’m angry is like bringing a birthday cake into an ape sanctuary. You’re just asking to get your nose and genitals bitten off.
Amy Poehler

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Dan, there's an old saying: Behind every successful man, there's a woman — a loving, caring, giving woman. But you wouldn't know anything about that, Dan, because there's no old saying about what's behind a miserable failure.
Jane Curtin

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Watching toddler TV gives you the impression you are going to run across a lot more treasure chests in life than you actually do.
Rachel Dratch

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If you asked me to seriously kiss someone on a screen, I would be very uncomfortable. But I will lick any part of your face.
Kate McKinnon

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If my kids write my epitaph, it will read “Here lies Mother, who always seemed to want a Nap.”
Ana Gasteyer

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My panic attack is having a panic attack. It’s called a panic-anic attack; it’s worse.
Kristen Wiig

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The three words every woman really longs to hear: I’ll clean up.
Molly Shannon

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I talk about how I’m a people-pleaser and I’m really jolly, but there’s a side of me that comes out late at night like a wolf.
Melissa Villaseñor

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Just a heads-up to my kids: Tonight Mommy’s gonna put on a lot of wigs and do a lot of weird voices, so it’s just going to be like a typical day at home.
Maya Rudolph

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Bennett Kleinman
Bennett is a staff writer at Optimism as well as a freelance comedy writer. He's based in New York City.
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