"Saturday Night Live" may be a breeding ground for future comedy stars - but it doesn't have a monopoly either.

When it comes to breaking up-and-coming comedy talent "SNL" is no doubt a dominant player - but history has shown that stardom doesn't require a stint at Studio 8H. Indeed, several of the biggest stars from the last several decades have come out of a variety of other sketch-comedy series, from Canada's "SCTV" to "In Living Color" to "MadTV" to shortlived "SNL" competitor "Fridays."

Who needs Lorne Michaels? Not these folks. Click through the gallery below for a list of 14 shining stars of film and TV who didn't need "SNL" to launch them into the stratosphere.

A former contributor to sites including MTV's The Backlot and Bloody-Disgusting, Chris Eggertsen worked in film development before indulging his love of pop culture writing full time. He specializes in horror, the intersection of social issues and entertainment and Howard Stern. He's on Twitter @HitFixChris.