Live from New York…

…It’s the Saturday Night Live’s 40th Anniversary Special!

SNL 40Credit: SNL Facebook Page

Sunday night Lorne Michaels gave America quite the treat by bringing Saturday Night Live cast members (past and present) and notable celebrities together for an evening we won’t soon forget. To celebrate 40 years of laughter, memorable characters and sketches were brought back for the special occasion. Thanks to my mom, I was introduced to SNL in middle school and was definitely hooked. In my opinion, the early 2000s was definitely one of the best times to start watching as a new viewer. Cast members included Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Jimmy Fallon, Tracy Morgan and countless others who’ve gone on to have successful television and movie careers. Now back to Sunday night…the special definitely made me laugh and I wanted to share some of my favorite scenes.

(*Note: We had trouble embedding some of the videos, but there are links.)

  1. Weekend Update

Since 1975, more than 20 cast members have anchored the Weekend Update desk, leaving behind their own mark. The 40th anniversary special brought Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Jane Curtain back to the WU desk and it was AMAZING! I can’t lie, Jane’s crack at FOX News was so on point. In true Weekend Update form, the ladies made jokes about the special and invited others to pay tribute to some of their favorite SNL characters. Definitely my favorite part of the night!

  1. Opening with Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake

Assuming that you don’t live under a rock, Jimmy Fallon’s friendship with Justin Timberlake shouldn’t be a surprise to you. For a few years now, Justin has stopped by the Late Show and Tonight Show to talk hashtags or rap a few classic songs with Jimmy. Their opening monologue Sunday night was a tribute to SNL catchphrases over the years with some special appearances from characters like Mary Katherine Gallagher and Debbie Downer.


  1. Celebrity Jeopardy

It wouldn’t be an SNL special without Celebrity Jeopardy. Will Farrell once again played Alex Trebek and was joined by Sean Connery (Darrell Hammond) and Burt Reynolds (Norm Macdonald). Darrell Hammond killed it and of course misread the categories, like “Who Reads” became “Whore Ads”. A few other characters like Justin Bieber and Matthew McConaughey popped up and added to this hilarious sketch.


  1. Tracy Morgan Tribute

As I mentioned before, Tracy was part of the cast when I started watching Saturday Night Live. Unfortunately, he is still at home recovering from the horrific car accident he was in last year. To make sure he was part of this epic night, Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin, two of Morgan’s 30 Rock cast mates, introduced a sketch from one of Tracy’s reoccurring roles, Brian Fellows. I honestly jumped with excitement since Brian Fellows is hands down one of my favorite SNL characters. Definitely YouTube his other Brian Fellows sketches, you won’t be disappointed.

  1. Wayne’s World

Wayne and Garth returned for another round of Wayne’s World and presented an SNL-themed Top 10 List. Along with listing Lorne at number two with a thank you for 40 amazing years, the duo named the SNL crew number one, because let’s face it, nothing would go on without them! Wayne and Garth even threw a few jabs at Kanye, who was in the audience. They let him know they think Beck is better than Beyonce.


Overall, the night had so many high points, I didn’t even mind the awkward lows. I can’t wait to see what Lorne and the crew have to offer over the next 40 years! If you missed the special, have no fear; NBC has posted it online in two parts (Part 1 & Part 2). What were some of your favorite moments from the special? Did you feel like anything was missing?

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