SNL Special - Saturday Night Live - 40th Anniversary
The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special is a three-and-a-half-hour prime-time special that aired on February 15, 2015, on NBC, celebrating Saturday Night Live's 40th year on the air, having premiered on October 11, 1975, under the original title NBC's Saturday Night. This special generated 23.1 million viewers, becoming NBC's most-watched prime-time, non-sports, entertainment telecast (excluding Super Bowl lead-outs) since the Friends series finale in 2004.
The special followed the format of a typical Saturday Night Live episode, extended to 3½ hours instead of the usual 1½, and included a cold open, a monologue, sketches, a short film, commercial parodies, and musical performances. The sketches, most of which were revivals of sketches that appeared over the show's run, made reference to the show and its four decades on air, with the original cast members who appeared in those sketches reprising their roles along with numerous guest stars. A handful of commercial parodies, including "Colon Blow" and "Mom Jeans", reran as they originally appeared on the show.
The show included musical performances by:
Paul McCartney, introduced by Keith Richards, performed "Maybe I'm Amazed".
Miley Cyrus, introduced by Candice Bergen and Win Butler, performed "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover".
Kanye West, introduced by Christopher Walken, performed a medley of "Jesus Walks", "Only One", and "Wolves" (the latter with Sia and Vic Mensa).
Paul Simon, introduced by Jack White, performed "Still Crazy After All These Years".