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2. Taram Killam
Killam rose to number two by subtraction as much as addition: with the departures of Hader, Sudeikis, and Fred Armisen, "SNL" relied on Killam to carry a great deal of the initial load in their absence. But he’s also an expert at off-kilter celebrity impressions (his Brad Pitt is still one for the ages) and constantly brings new characters to the table rather than simply rely on old standards. Some of those are good (Jebidiah Atkinson) and some semi-horrible (the over-protective Eddie). But those characters keep coming, and keep getting air time. Killam has also integrated well with the Bennett/Moody digital short sensibility as well, participating in several of the most memorable iterations. He might be most important male cast member by slight default, but primarily due to the work he’s put in to get to that position.