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Saturday Night Live Celebrates 40 Years of Laughs

Saturday Night Live Celebrates 40 Years of Laughs

On Sunday, Feb. 15, Saturday Night Live celebrates its 40th anniversary with an epic three-hour reunion special at 8/7c. "Saturday Night Live is an institution unlike anything else in television history," says Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment. "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." Click here for a list of guests appearing at Sunday's reunion, and for a gallery of iconic characters, hosts and guests, click the slideshow below.


About Saturday Night Live
 

Saturday Night Live, NBC's Emmy Award-winning late-night comedy showcase, enters its 40th season in September for another year of laughs, surprises and great performances.

Since its inception in 1975, SNL has launched the careers of many of the brightest comedy performers of their generation. As The New York Times noted on the occasion of the show's Emmy-winning 25th Anniversary special in 1999, "in defiance of both time and show business convention, SNL is still the most pervasive influence on the art of comedy in contemporary culture." At the close of the century, Saturday Night Live placed seventh on Entertainment Weekly's list of the Top 100 Entertainers of the past fifty years.

The program has won 45 Emmy Awards and now holds the title for the most nominated television show in Emmy history with 187 nominations. SNL has been honored twice, in 1990 and 2009, with the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award and cited as "truly a national institution." Saturday Night Live was inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame by the National Association of Broadcasters, and the show continues to garner the highest ratings of any late-night television program, entertaining millions each week.

SNL sketches still bear repeating on Monday mornings. With live show surprises, especially those timed to the election - Barack Obama's surprise walk-on, Hillary Clinton's performance opposite Amy Poehler and Senator John McCain's Weekend Update appearance - SNL is making headlines and influencing the political dialogue while skewering it at the same time. Beyond politics, the show's cast of recurring characters and its take on pop culture targets remain spot-on. The addition of the show's Emmy Award-winning SNL Digital Shorts continues to keep the show as current today as it was when it debuted.

Saturday Night Live, which premiered October 11, 1975, is broadcast live from NBC's famed Studio 8H in New York City's Rockefeller Center. The program is a production of Broadway Video in association with SNL Studios. Lorne Michaels is the executive producer.

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