'Saturday Night Live' 40th Anniversary: The Best Bits

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Jimmy Fallon (L) and Justin Timberlake attend the SNL 40th Anniversary Celebration at Rockefeller Plaza on February 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Jimmy Fallon (L) and Justin Timberlake attend the SNL 40th Anniversary Celebration at Rockefeller Plaza on February 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
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'Saturday Night Live' celebrated 40 years of its unique and hilarious show this weekend - on Sunday for some reason - with an epic live broadcast full of nostalgia.

Some of the biggest stars to ever grace SNL, who were mostly small fries the first time they were on the show, came back to pay tribute along with a host of other celebs for a huge three-and-a-half hour episode.

Here's a rundown of the 40th anniversary Sunday Night Live episode's best bits:

Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake open the show with a musical number

The famed cold open this week focused on recapping every single big moment from the show's history, as rapped by two SNL stalwarts.

Will Ferrell, Alec Baldwin, Kenan Thompson and Jim Carrey do Celebrity Jeopardy

This smörgåsbord of big names will drag up a lot of memories for SNL fans and 90s kids alike, bringing back the classic sketch with Will Ferrell as game show host Alex Trebek, Jim Carrey playing Matthew McConaughey, and Kenan Thompson - of Kenan & Kel fame - awkwardly parodying Bill Cosby.

Mike Myers and Dana Carvey bring back 'Wayne's World'

Wayne's World. Excellent.

Eddie Murphy comes back

A huge part of everyone's childhood, Eddie Murphy was the man who saved SNL before skyrocketing to movie fame. His return was a bit upstaged by Chris Rock's heartfelt introduction, but it was still a great part of the show.

Steve Martin argues with Tom Hanks about acting

Peyton Manning, Chris Rock and Miley Cyrus joined a few other former hosts to argue about who had been the best host. Oh, and some bloke named Paul McCartney showed up to sing a song.

Edward Norton does Stefon while Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Jane Curtin read the Weekend Update

The fake news segment of SNL propelled Jane Curtin, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to fame, and the 40th anniversary piece brought in stars such as Melissa McCarthy of 'Mike And Molly' and Emma Stone of every coming-of-age teen movie to play their favourite characters.

SNL 40th Anniversary Celebration

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And, in case you were wondering, here's the full list of last night's cast members:

50 Cent

Adam Sandler

Aidy Bryant

Al Franken

Alec Baldwin

Amy Poehler

Andy Samberg

Arcade Fire

Backstreet Boys

Beck Bennett

Betty White

Bill Hader

Bill Murray

Billy Crystal

Bobby Moynihan

Bradley Cooper

Candice Bergen

Catherine Zeta-Jones

Cecily Strong

Charlie Day

Cheri Oteri

Chevy Chase

Chris Kattan

Chris Parnell

Chris Rock

Christopher Walken

Colin Jost

Colin Quinn

Dakota Johnson

Dan Aykroyd

Dana Carvey

Darrell Hammond

David Spade

Deborah Harry

Derek Jeter

Eddie Murphy

Edward Norton

Ellen Cleghorne

Elliott Gould

Elvis Costello

Emma Stone

Fiona Apple

Fred Armisen

Garrett Morris

George Lucas

Gilbert Gottfried

Glenn Close

Horatio Sanz

J.K. Simmons

Jack Nicholson

Jack White

James Franco

Jane Curtin

Jason Sudeikis

Jay Pharaoh

Jerry Seinfeld

Jim Carrey

Jimmy Fallon

Joe Piscopo

John Goodman

Johnny Knoxville

Jon Bon Jovi

Jon Lovitz

Julia Sweeney

Justin Timberlake

Kanye West

Kate McKinnon

Keith Richards

Kenan Thompson

Kerry Washington

Kevin Nealon

Kristen Wiig

Kyle Mooney

Laraine Newman

Larry David

Leslie Jones

Louis C.K.


Martin Short

Maya Rudolph

Melissa McCarthy

Michael Che

Michael Douglas

Mike Myers

Miley Cyrus

Molly Shannon

'N Sync

Norm Macdonald

Paul McCartney

Paul Rudd

Paul Simon

Pete Davidson

Peyton Manning

Rachel Dratch

Rob Schneider

Robert De Niro

Rudy Giuliani

Sarah Palin

Sarah Silverman

Sasheer Zamata

Sean Hayes

Seth Meyers

Sigourney Weaver

Steve Martin

Steven Spielberg

Taran Killam

Taylor Swift

Tim Meadows

Tina Fey

Tom Hanks

Vanessa Bayer

Victoria Jackson

Will Ferrell

Will Forte

Zach Galifianakis


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