Which Stars Should 'SNL' Bring Back For Its 40th Birthday Reunion Show? (Ahem, Tina Fey, Please!)
Live from New York it's... an EPIC reunion! Mark your calendars, friends: On Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, Saturday Night Live will celebrate its 40th birthday with a three hour all-star reunion show. Can you wait? I know — it's a whopping 10 months off, which is pretty far away (think: longer than it takes to make a baby), but this is something worth waiting for. Update: SNL has released the full line-up in its Super Bowl promo.
Earlier: I mean, first of all — this sketch comedy dynamo has been on the air for 40 years! Let's take a moment to applaud it. (Applause break.) The all-extravaganza that will celebrate the b-day of Lorne Michael's branchild will air from 8 to 11PM, and those three hours will be made up of your favorite former cast members as well as current stars. By that time, a new season will have rolled around, so we'll even have some potential new favorites to share the stage with our old faves.
Since the show debuted back in 1975, a ton of people who went on to enormous careers rolled through NBC's Studio 8H, including Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon, Amy Poehler, Eddie Murphy, MIke Myers, Billy Crystal, and Molly Shannon (Mary Katharine Gallagher, please?) — and that's just the short list.
So who are we hoping to see? I, for one, would LOVE to see Tina Fey and Amy Poehler sit in the hot seats for Weekend Update again. I'd love some Tina Fey-penned commercials ( Mom jeans, anyone?), and Kristen Wiig's Target lady. Here's hoping for Will Ferrell and Adam Sandler and — hell, what if every living former cast member showed up? After all, this is a huge comedic institution with 40 Emmys (one for each year, I suppose), and two Peabody Awards — dare I say it's a comedic monument?
NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt comments:
Saturday Night Live is an institution unlike anything else in television history [...] The many brilliant ‘Not Ready for Primetime Players’ over the years is a who’s who of film and television comedy for the last two generations.
It would be sweet as hell to reunite all of the talented comedic folks who've started out at Studio 8H for this three-hour event. (Good luck, though, getting the sole SNL cast member to be reportedly banned, Chevy Chase, to stop by.)
So, naysayers who may jumped the SNL fan ship as the show has gone through a ton of changes, this is your chance to fall in love with the show that made you laugh your ass off.
But for now, I leave you with this: