SNL 40 was basically like the Oscars for comedy, except everybody won. Studio 8H was packed with comedians, politicians, and world famous athletes. It’s hard to imagine Sarah Palin, Paul McCartney, and Norm McDonald ever being in the same room together again. Below are some of our favorite moments from the show:
Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake Cold Open: Jimmy and Justin started the show with a musical tribute highlighting popular SNL catchphrases. 40 years of SNL history crammed into 5 minutes. Pretty impressive. Highlights: Appearances from Debbie Downer (WOMP WOMP) and a SUPERSTAR.
Celebrity Jeopardy: Alex Trebek (Will Ferrell) returned to his old post, disgruntled as ever. Sean Connery (Darrell Hammond) and his flawless caterpillar eyebrows came back as Alex’s arch nemesis. He pronounced the category “Let It Snow” as “Le Tits Now” because “it’s a French expression.” Highlights: Jim Carrey as Matthew McConaughey and Turd Ferguson wearing a giant cowboy hat.
Auditions: Pete Davidson and Leslie Jones introduced some fantastic auditions from cast members Lorne hired “and a few be maybe should have.” Highlights: Unseen auditions from Stephen Colbert, Kevin Hart, and Zach Galifianakis.
Weekend Update: Comedy royalty came together when Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Jane Curtin read the news from The Update Desk together. Jane got in some good zingers about Fox News. Highlights: Appearances from The Land Shark, Stephon, and Matt Foley (Melissa McCarthy).
In Memoriam: Bill Murray introduced a beautiful tribute to the cast members SNL lost over the years. Prepare to feel things. Highlight: R.I.P. Jon Lovitz.
That’s When You Break: When a sketch isn’t getting laughs, what do you do? THAT’S WHEN YOU BREAK. Andy Samberg and Adam Sandler called out SNL cast members for breaking character when their sketches tanked. Highlights: Zach Galifianakis introducing Andy and Adam as “Andy Sandler and Adam Samberg.” Every clip with Jimmy Fallon and Horatio Sanz breaking, there are a lot.
Marty and Beyonce: Martin Short and Beyonce (Maya Rudolph) sang, danced and introduced a number of popular SNL characters back to studio 8H. Beyonce’s wind machine almost blew Martin Short away. Close call. Highlights: Appearances from The Opera Man, Nick The Lounge Singer, and The Blues Brothers.
Audience Q & A: Jerry Seinfeld took questions from a celebrity packed audience. James Franco asked if everyone had gotten his email. Bob Odenkirk asked if the SNL writers were ever going to get a tribute. Answer: Never. Highlight: Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David gloating about how great ‘Seinfeld’ was.
Wayne’s World: Garth and Wayne read a top 10 list about SNL including “Kanye, sit down” and “after show orgies.” Highlight: Mike Myers and Dana Carvey impersonating Lorne Michaels, complete with white wine.
Betty White and Bradley Cooper Made Out: Highlight: The whole thing.
And of course, the afterparty.