I thought we’d switch it up and take a step away from the sports world for one week and celebrate the 40th anniversary of an NBC classic. Well, it’s a partial step away, because sports figures have been a part of this institution for decades. The thing that caught my eye this past weekend, and caused me to miss every second of the NBA All-Star game on Sunday night, was the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special.
The show was intriguing from the very start, starting with the hour-long red carpet beforehand, where stars and former cast members reminisced about the show’s growth and popularity. Every generation has an SNL cast that they like to hold as their own, and almost everyone got a little taste of nostalgia during the three-and-a-half hour live broadcast.
The live portion started off with a bang as Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake performed a duet/rap about the show, which included countless references to past SNL skits. They were followed by Steve Martin’s long, hilarious monologue, during which numerous guests with ties to the show appeared onstage. But to me, the night’s ultimate highlight was the side-splitting reincarnation of the Celebrity Jeopardy skit, during which host Alex Trebek, played by Will Ferrell, was reunited with his formidable foe Sean Connery, played by Darrell Hammond.
Other comical moments included a passionate kiss between Bradley Cooper and the one and only Betty White, a spoof musical number by Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg, Melissa McCarthy’s impersonation of motivational speaker Matt Foley (a popular Chris Farley character), and, finally, a brilliant Wayne’s World’s “Top Ten.” All in all, it was a fascinating and hilarious night of Saturday Night style entertainment on Sunday night. I can hardly wait for the 50th anniversary celebration.