Saturday Night Live' Marks 40 Years With Who's Who Roster of Fame
(Reuters) - Top actors, pop stars, sports heroes and veteran comics turned out in force on Sunday for a special broadcast celebrating the 40th anniversary of the seminal late night comedy program, "Saturday Night Live" during a marathon live show.
The 3-1/2-hour show on NBC, which has aired the Saturday night staple since 1975 and launched the careers of comedy stars ranging from Eddie Murphy to Martin Short, featured a series of rapid-fire clips of classic SNL bits, with the show's veterans reprising or reinventing their most-loved sketches.
Ostensibly hosted by Steve Martin, the anniversary show included appearances by some of Hollywood's biggest stars, including Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro and Tom Hanks.
Dozens of cast members from the checkered history of "Saturday Night Live" were on hand, notably first-season regulars Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Laraine Newman and Garrett Morris.
Top figures from the music world such as Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Taylor Swift and Keith Richards joined sports heroes Derek Jeter and Peyton Manning, crowding into the studio at NBC's Rockefeller Center headquarters that comprised a veritable who's who of popular culture.
The show opened with former cast member Jimmy Fallon, now host of the "Tonight Show," one of television's most visible positions, being "upstaged" by Justin Timberlake before the pair launched into a rap duet celebrating the show's classic sketches and characters.
Hanks, Alec Baldwin, Chris Rock and Billy Crystal and others took to the stage to argue about who should have served as host, Will Farrell hosted a segment of "Celebrity Jeopardy" and nonagenarian Betty White and Bradley Cooper exchanged a lengthy, full-on the mouth kiss in a soap opera satire segment of "The Californians."
Aykroyd and Newman reprised an old "Bass-o-Matic" fake commercial, Curtin joined Tiny Fey and Amy Poehler to host "Weekend Update," and a series of old tapes showed auditions by cast members, as well as some famous names who didn't make the cut, including Stephen Colbert and Jim Carrey.
Among musical highlights were a duet by McCartney and Simon, and performances by Kanye West and Miley Cyrus.
Nicholson introduced a segment on the show's political humor, Short handled the duties on its musical history and Rock paid tribute to, and introduced, Murphy.
Working the black-tie audience, Jerry Seinfeld quizzed Michael Douglas, John Goodman and James Franco before calling out "Yes, Tina."
"Yeah, no, it's Sarah," intoned former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, a favorite target of the show and of Fey, who scored with a dead-on impression of the politician for many a week during the 2008 presidential campaign.
In a moving tribute, Murray honored cast members John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Jan Hooks, Phil Hartman, Chris Farley and others who worked on the show and have died. Alumni Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Adam Sandler, David Spade and Norm Macdonald also appeared.
(Editing by Clarence Fernandez)
That's one way to get noticed! Miley Cyrus wears revealing nude colored top as she joins Steve Martin and Macca on SNL
By LAUREL BROWN FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 16 February 2015
Miley Cyrus stood out somewhat during an opening sketch from the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special on Sunday.
The 22-year-old singer was not only the youngest person on the stage by a couple of decades - and one of only two women - but she also wore a rather hard-to-miss top.
As has been typical of Miley over the past few years, the singer went for a risque style in a sheer blouse that clearly showed the outline of her breasts.
Revealing: Miley Cyrus wore a see-through top when she appeared on the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special on Sunday
Nude-coloured mesh was held up by black, jewel-emblazoned bands that were reminiscent of suspenders.
Silver, sparkling chains ran horizontally across the mesh, helping to hide key locations not covered by the suspenders.
Miley paired the revealing top with black trousers that resembled those worn by everyone else on the stage (with the exception of Melissa McCarthy, who wore a dress).
Star-filled: Several past hosts of SNL - (left to right) Tom Hanks, Melissa McCarthy, Peyton Manning, Billy Crystal, Steve Martin, Miley Cyrus, Chris Rock, and Alec Baldwin - took the stage together
The singer was on the stage in the first place as part of an opening skit focusing on those who have hosted Saturday Night Live over its 40 years on television.
Steve Martin began the sketch by offering praise to the comedians whose talents were honed in that studio.
But he was soon interrupted by Tom Hanks, another frequent host of the show, who pointed out that actors - including those not known for comedy - had excelled as guests of Saturday Night Live.
Alec Baldwin, the most frequent SNL host of all-time, was next and took a few gentle ribbings for his public explosions.
Melissa McCarthy, Billy Crystal, Peyton Manning, and Chris Rock all joined the group on the stage (with Chris getting in a pointed dig about being underused when he had been a cast member).
Miley's inclusion was to point out that many of the musical guests were also hosts.
Mockery: The various former hosts spent significant time poking fun at each other
She was soon joined by another member of that club, Paul Simon, who showed up with Paul McCartney to bring attention to musical guests who were named Paul.
It was clear by the time Paul and Paul finished their rather beautiful snippet of a song (not Sound Of Silence, much to Simon's dismay) that everyone was rather thrilled to be there.
Miley even got to peep with glee over McCartney's shoulder.
Musical guests: Shortly after Miley showed up, Paul McCartney and Paul Simon joined the group to sing
Focus: Stars like these may have been necessary to take attention from Miley's blouse
Peekaboo: The much smaller Miley had to peek over the shoulder of McCartney
Later in the program, Miley was back on the stage but this time she came alone.
Although her song choice - 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover - was written and originally performed by Paul Simon, Miley sang it as a solo with no sign of its originator.
Simon had not been seen since the introduction, so it was possible that he had left the anniversary show before Miley's gravelly performance.
Performance: Miley took the stage later in the program to perform 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover
Paul McCartney Sings ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’ During ‘SNL 40′
by Julianne Ishler
Sun, February 15, 2015
Courtesy of NBC
Sir Paul McCartney gave a simple yet heartwarming performance of his classic song ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’ during ‘Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary special. We are amazed by his outstanding performance!
Paul McCartney proves he still has the music in him at age 72! The iconic musician took the stage during Saturday Night Live‘s 40th anniversary special on Feb. 15 and sang his heart out for “Maybe I’m Amazed” in a beautiful, stripped down piano performance.
Paul McCartney’s ‘SNL 40′ Performance — Sings ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’
Paul was introduced by The Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, which was a very special moment as the two men from very different, yet iconic music groups were on stage together — what a perfect lead in!
Paul’s piano performance was simple, but it was enough to capture our hearts. He also managed to hit some of those high notes, too, which is pretty impressive! But the performance shouldn’t be focused all on his voice, but rather on the well-respected musician shine on stage yet again for a special ceremony.
To add even more sentiment to Paul’s performance, images were flashed on a screen behind him of Paul in his younger days, including some pics with The Beatles! That really tugged at our heartstrings.
Earlier in the night, Paul also dueted with Paul Simon on “I’ve Just Seen A Face” with clips from very early SNL history shown. It’s pretty safe to say Paul rocked the SNL 40 stage!
Fans React To Paul McCartney’s ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’
We weren’t the only ones in love with Paul’s performance! Surprised fans said it on Twitter.
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Did you love Paul’s performance of “Maybe I’m Amazed” on SNL 40? Comment with your thoughts below!
– Julianne Ishler