Saturday Night Live: 40th Anniversary Special is a television special that aired on NBC on February 15, 2015. The special celebrated the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live, the long-running sketch comedy show. The special featured performances by many of the show's past and present cast members, as well as appearances by celebrities such as Tom Hanks, Steve Martin, and Paul McCartney. The special was hosted by Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. The special opened with a performance of the show's theme song by Paul McCartney. The song was then followed by a montage of clips from the show's history. The montage included clips of some of the show's most iconic sketches, such as "The Coneheads," "The Church Lady," and "Weekend Update." After the montage, the show's current cast members performed a number of sketches. The sketches included a parody of the movie "Birdman," a sketch about a man who is obsessed with his smartphone, and a sketch about a group of people who are trapped in an elevator. The special also featured appearances by many of the show's past cast members. Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Gilda Radner all made appearances in the special. The show's creator, Lorne Michaels, also made an appearance. The special ended with a performance of the song "We Are the World" by the show's current and past cast members. The song was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie.

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Saturday Night Live: 40th Anniversary Special (2015)

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Saturday Night Live: 40th Anniversary Special is a television special that aired on NBC on February 15, 2015. The special celebrated the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live, the long-running sketch comedy show. The special featured performances by many of the show's past and present cast members, as well as appearances by celebrities such as Tom Hanks, Steve Martin, and Paul McCartney. The special was hosted by Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. The special opened with a performance of the show's theme song by Paul McCartney. The song was then followed by a montage of clips from the show's history. The montage included clips of some of the show's most iconic sketches, such as "The Coneheads," "The Church Lady," and "Weekend Update." After the montage, the show's current cast members performed a number of sketches. The sketches included a parody of the movie "Birdman," a sketch about a man who is obsessed with his smartphone, and a sketch about a group of people who are trapped in an elevator. The special also featured appearances by many of the show's past cast members. Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Gilda Radner all made appearances in the special. The show's creator, Lorne Michaels, also made an appearance. The special ended with a performance of the song "We Are the World" by the show's current and past cast members. The song was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie.

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Cast
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Fred Armisen

Himself / Stuart / Garth
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Dan Aykroyd

Himself / Super Bass-O-Matic 2150 Spokesperson / Elwood Blues
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Alec Baldwin

Himself / Tony Bennett
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Vanessa Bayer

Herself
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Jim Belushi

Himself / Zee Blues
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Candice Bergen

Herself
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Win Butler

Himself
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Jim Carrey

Himself / Matthew McConaughey
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Dana Carvey

Himself / Derek Stevens / Garth Algar
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Chevy Chase

Himself
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Louis C.K.

Himself (as Louis CK)
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Ellen Cleghorne

Herself
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Bradley Cooper

Himself / Craig Kristofferson
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Billy Crystal

Himself
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Jane Curtin

Herself / Weekend Update Anchor
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Miley Cyrus

Herself
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Larry David

Himself
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Pete Davidson

Himself
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Robert de Niro

Himself
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Michael Douglas

Himself
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Rachel Dratch

Herself / Debbie Downer
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Jimmy Fallon

Himself
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Will Ferrell

Himself / Alex Trebek / Marty Culp
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Tina Fey

Herself / Weekend Update Anchor
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Will Forte

Himself / Greg Stink
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James Franco

Himself
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Zach Galifianakis

Himself
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Ana Gasteyer

Herself / Bobbi Culp
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John Goodman

Himself
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Bill Hader

Himself / Devin / Stefon
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Darrell Hammond

Himself - Announcer (voice) / Sean Connery
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Tom Hanks

Himself
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Derek Jeter

Himself
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Dakota Johnson

Herself
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Leslie Jones

Herself
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Taran Killam

Himself / Christoph Waltz / Tyler
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Jon Lovitz

Himself
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Norm MacDonald

Himself / Burt Reynolds
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Peyton Manning

Himself
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Steve Martin

Himself / King Tut
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Melissa McCarthy

Herself / Matt Foley
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Paul McCartney

Himself
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Kate McKinnon

Herself / Justin Bieber
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Tim Meadows

Himself
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Seth Meyers

Himself
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Garrett Morris

Himself
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Bobby Moynihan

Himself / Land Shark
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Eddie Murphy

Himself
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Bill Murray

Himself / Nick Ocean
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Mike Myers

Himself / Wayne Campbell
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Kevin Nealon

Himself
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Laraine Newman

Herself / Super Bass-O-Matic 2150 Model / Karina's Mom
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Jack Nicholson

Himself
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Edward Norton

Himself / Stefon
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Bob Odenkirk

Himself
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Sarah Palin

Herself
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Joe Piscopo

Himself / Frank Sinatra
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Amy Poehler

Herself / Weekend Update Anchor
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Colin Quinn

Himself
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Keith Richards

Himself
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Chris Rock

Himself
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Maya Rudolph

Herself / Beyoncé
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Andy Samberg

Himself
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Adam Sandler

Himself / Opera Man
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Jerry Seinfeld

Himself
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Paul Shaffer

Himself
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Molly Shannon

Herself / Mary Katherine Gallagher
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Martin Short

Himself
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Paul Simon

Himself
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David Spade

Himself / Total Bastard Airlines Flight Attendant
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Emma Stone

Herself / Roseanne Roseannadanna
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Cecily Strong

Herself / Total Bastard Airlines Flight Attendant / Piper
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Jason Sudeikis

Himself / Vance / Pete Twinkle
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Taylor Swift

Herself / Allison
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Kenan Thompson

Himself / Bill Cosby / Trey / Diondre Cole
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Justin Timberlake

Himself
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Kerry Washington

Herself / Dr. Julianne Richards
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Kanye West

Himself
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Betty White

Herself / Lana
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Kristen Wiig

Herself / Karina / Kat
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Jan Hooks

Herself - Cast Member (In Memoriam) (archive footage)
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Elizabeth Karolyi

Herself - Wardrobe Department (In Memoriam) (archive footage)
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Al Siegel

Himself - Cue Cards (In Memoriam) (archive footage)
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Don Pardo

Himself - Announcer (In Memoriam) (archive footage)
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Bernie Brillstein

Himself - Talent Manager (In Memoriam) (archive footage)
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Al Camoin

Himself - Camera Operator (In Memoriam) (archive footage)
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Tom Davis

Himself - Writer / Performer (In Memoriam) (archive footage)
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Andy Kaufman

Himself - Guest Performer (In Memoriam) (archive footage)
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Danitra Vance

Herself - Cast Member (In Memoriam) (archive footage)
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Charles Rocket

Himself - Cast Member (In Memoriam) (archive footage)
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Tbone Wolk

Himself - Band (In Memoriam) (archive footage) (as Tom 'T-Bone' Wolk)
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Heino Ripp

Himself - Technical Director (In Memoriam) (archive footage)
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Dave Wilson

Himself - Director (In Memoriam) (archive footage)
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Willy Day

Himself - Prop Master (In Memoriam) (archive footage) (as Willie Day)
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Phil Hartman

Himself - Cast Member (In Memoriam) (archive footage)
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Chris Farley

Himself - Cast Member (In Memoriam) (archive footage)
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Michael O'Donoghue

Himself - Writer / Performer (In Memoriam) (archive footage)
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Eliot Wald

Himself - Writer (In Memoriam) (archive footage) (as Elliott Wald)
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Audrey Peart Dickman

Himself - Coordinating Producer (In Memoriam) (archive footage)
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Herbert Sargent

Himself - Head Writer (In Memoriam) (archive footage) (as Herb Sargent)
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John Belushi

Himself - Cast Member (In Memoriam) (archive footage)
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Gilda Radner

Herself - Cast Member (In Memoriam) (archive footage)
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Ty Dolla $ign

Himself (uncredited)
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Aidy Bryant

Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Brian Doyle-Murray

Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Kevin Hart

Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Peter Munson Hogan

Himself (uncredited)
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Siobhan Fallon Hogan

Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Colin Jost

Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Jenny Laroche

Dancer (uncredited)
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Eli Manning

Himself (uncredited)
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Vic Mensa

Himself (uncredited)
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Lorne Michaels

Himself (uncredited)
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Cheri Oteri

Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Jay Pharoah

Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Jeffrey Reeves

Congressman (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Horatio Sanz

Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Sia

Herself (uncredited)
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G.E. Smith

Himself (uncredited)
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Christopher Walken

Himself (uncredited)
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Jack White

Himself (uncredited)
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Walter Williams

Mr. Bill / Mr. Hands (voice) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Sasheer Zamata

Herself / Pippa (uncredited)
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Catherine Zeta-Jones

Herself (uncredited)
Crew
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Don Roy King

Director
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James Anderson

Writer
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Fred Armisen

Writer
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Tina Fey

Writer
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Steve Higgins

Writer
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Chris Kelly

Writer
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Erik Kenward

Writer
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Seth Meyers

Writer
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Lorne Michaels

Writer
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John Mulaney

Writer
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Paula Pell

Writer
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Jeff Richmond

Writer
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Akiva Schaffer

Writer
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Tom Schiller

Writer
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Sarah Schneider

Writer
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Marc Shaiman

Writer
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Michael Shoemaker

Writer
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Robert Smigel

Writer
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Emily Spivey

Writer
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Kent Sublette

Writer
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Jorma Taccone

Writer
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Bryan H. Tucker

Writer
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Andy Samberg

Writer
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Pete Schultz

Writer
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