SNL 40 Monologue: Watch Star-Studded Saturday Night Live Anniversary Opening
Steve Martin led the star-studded “SNL 40” monologue for the “Saturday Night Live” 40th anniversary special. Watch below!
“Tonight is like an enormous high school reunion, a high school that is almost all white,” quipped the comedian. Martin noted, “Tonight we’re going to honor pay tribute to those greats who are no longer with us,” and rattled off names like Belushi, Radnor, and Lovitz… who, of course, is still alive, and was shaking his head disapprovingly in the audience.
Martin remarked that “comedians have dominated this stage,” only to be interrupted by Tom Hanks, yelling, “What about actors?!” Cue Alec Baldwin, wanting to know, “What about actors who excel at drama and comedy?” Martin then retorted to his pretend frenemy, “Don’t you mean drama, comedy and media skirmishes?” They were soon joined by Melissa McCarthy and Chris Rock, who cracked that the writers have forgotten he used to be a cast member.
Peyton Manning came out to represent sports stars, while Miley Cyrus took the stage on behalf of musicians, having previously both hosted and served as musical guest. “Got paid twice. $400 both times. Boom!” she exclaimed. Billy Crystal entered next, touting his Broadway experience, before getting overshadowed by Paul McCartney and Paul Simon.
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