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As Saturday Night Live celebrates their 40th season on the air, NBC featured a three-and-a-half hour special Sunday night. While keeping fans laughing for that amount of time is a daunting task for some, Lorne Michaels and company pulled off the deed.

The special anniversary brought back cast members and hosts from the iconic show and rekindled some old comedic flames. Bits, skits, and short films were brought back to life for people who have been watching the show from the very beginning as well as newcomers who enjoy a pop culture-riddled giggle. 

Besides musical performances from Sir Paul McCartney, Miley Cyrus, Kanye West, Sia and Paul Simon, favorites of the show made comebacks too. Eddie Murphy, Betty White, Chevy Chase, Molly Shannon, Jane Curtin, Steve Martin, and Martin Short were a few of the familiar faces who graced the screen throughout the night.

We’ve rounded up some of the best from Sunday night’s special at none other than NBC’s Radio City Music Hall.

The Californians, a sketch featuring Kristen Wiig, Betty White, Bill Hader, Laraine Newman, Taylor Swift, Bradley Cooper, Kerry Washington and Fred Armisen was one of the longest skits from the night. The best part was probably the end when Bradley Cooper and Betty White engaged in a sensual lip lock.

Jerry Seinfeld returned to the stage for some Q & A with the audience. Famous faces in the stands like James Franco, Sarah Palin, John Goodman, Larry David, Michael Douglas and Dakota Johnson engaged in classic banter with Seinfeld.

Steve Martin was met with warm applause from Studio 8H. He revived one of SNL’s favorite skits, King Tut.


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A montage music video sung by Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg showed a few of the times when cast members (mostly Jimmy Fallon) would "break" while performing. It is live, you know!

One of the final skits of the night was Wayne’s World starring Mike Meyers and Dana Carvey. They did their classic Top 10 list and linked it to SNL’s forty years on the air. Kanye West was hit with more than one jab during the sketch.

Maya Rudolph returned to the stage with Martin Short. Rudolph’s reprised role as Beyoncé featured the signature blown hair while Short was nearly swept away by the wind gusts.

Ever wonder when your favorite stars were on the SNL stage for the first time? NBC brought us back to the first moments when stars like Amy Poehler, Jason Sudeikis, Seth Meyers, and Gilda Radner first auditioned to be on the show.

The special night also featured tributes to Lorne Michaels, executive producer of the show, and an "In Memorium" special that praised SNL stars who we have lost... including Jon Lovitz (who is still alive).

Sunday featured nearly 100 SNL members, celebrities, musicians, and more. We loved this night so much and hopefully we’ll be celebrating another forty years of "Live from New York, it’s Saturday night!"

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