NBC announces huge guest list for ‘SNL40’
Post “SNL”: Andy Samberg is still a member of comedy/music troupe the Lonely Island and stars in the Fox comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times, NBC)
Post “SNL”: Wiig is part of the all-female cast of director Paul Feig’s “Ghostbusters” reboot. (Jennifer S. Altman / For The Times, Dana Edelson / NBC)
Post “SNL”: She’s starring in the seventh and final season of the NBC comedy “Parks and Recreation.” She’s also reuniting with the cast of “Wet Hot American Summer” for Netflix series. (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times, Dana Edelson / NBC)
Away from “SNL”: She created the Emmy-winning NBC series “30 Rock” in 2006 and starred as Liz Lemon. She co-created the upcoming Netflix series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times, Mary Ellen Matthews / Associated Press/NBC)
Post “SNL”: After a brief stint as a movie star, Fallon launched “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” in 2009 and took over “The Tonight Show” in 2014. (Jennifer S. Altman / For The Times, Mary Ellen Matthews / NBC/Associated Press)
Post “SNL”: Ferrell continues to be a box office draw in comedies such as “Anchorman 2" as well as a small role in “The Lego Movie.” (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times, NBC)
Post “SNL”: Sandler continues to star in popular yet critically reviled comedies such as “Grown Ups.” His production company will make four movies for Netflix, including the western spoof “Ridiculous 6.” (Valerie Macon / AFP / Getty Images, NBC)
Post “SNL”: Murphy spent years as one of Hollywood’s biggest stars with the “Beverly Hills Cop” and “Nutty Professor” movies. Despite an Oscar nomination in 2006, his film career has cooled. (Jason Merritt / Getty Images for BET, George Rose / Los Angeles Times)
Post “SNL”: Aykroyd starred in a string of movies throughout the ‘80s, most notably “The Blues Brothers” and “Ghostbusters.” Now he works to promote his Crystal Head Vodka brand. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times, Universal Studios Home Entertainment)
Post “SNL:”Chase spent only a year-plus on the show before pursuing other opportunities. He found success in the 1980 film “Caddyshack” and later in the “Vacation” movies. He also starred in the NBC comedy “Community” for four seasons. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times, Universal Studios Home Entertainment)
“Saturday Night Live” plans to celebrate its 40th anniversary this month, with NBC confirming a long list of participants during the Super Bowl. The massive reunion special will air on Feb. 15.
The biggest surprise is Eddie Murphy’s planned attendance. Murphy confirmed his intention to go to the reunion to NewsOne Now last week. Murphy got his start on the show as a teenager but hasn’t returned since he left in 1984. He didn’t attend the show’s last big reunion show in 1999.
In addition to Murphy, the reunion show will feature former cast members Jimmy Fallon, Chevy Chase, Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Molly Shannon, Mike Myers, Amy Poehler, Dana Carvey, Kristen Wiig, Dan Aykroyd, Chris Rock, Garrett Morris, Andy Samberg, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short, Bill Murray, Bill Hader, Jane Curtin, Laraine Newman, Seth Meyers, Jason Sudeikis, David Spade, Fred Armisen and Norm Macdonald.
Other guests will include past hosts and musical guests including Justin Timberlake, Emma Stone, Derek Jeter, Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Melissa McCarthy, Robert De Niro, Paul Simon, Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Martin, Jack Nicholson, Jim Carrey, Peyton Manning, Alec Baldwin, Taylor Swift, Christopher Walken, Tom Hanks, Betty White, Jon Hamm, Zach Galifianakis, Paul Rudd, Kerry Washington and James Franco.
Not surprisingly, the special will be three hours long, with a live one-hour red carpet special beforehand hosted by the “Today” team of Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Carson Daly.
Clear your calendar now.
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