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Oh Yeah, Sarah Palin Is Attending the 'SNL' 40th Anniversary Special Too

It looks like one of SNL's biggest political targets in recent years is attending the 40th anniversary special next week. People magazine reports that former Alaskan governor and vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is headed to the SNL reunion show next weekend, and sources close to Palin confirmed that she will be "participating" in it as well, whatever that means. Check out the full list of guests that SNL has confirmed so far here, then watch arguably one of SNL's best segments featuring Palin — Amy Poehler's fantastic "Palin Rap" from 2008:

'SNL' Confirms Eddie Murphy, Tina Fey, Bill Murray, and Tons More for the 40th Anniversary Special

NBC has been taunting us with mysterious SNL anniversary special teasers for a while now, but over the weekend they released three new promos revealing a huge list of SNL alums and friends confirmed to appear on the show, and spoiler alert: It's pretty much everyone you could ask for, from original cast members Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, and Laraine Newman to elusive stars Bill Murray and Eddie Murphy to longtime SNL friends like Alec Baldwin, Paul Simon, Justin Timberlake, and tons more. Here are all the names mentioned in the new teasers (watch the others below):

Justin Timberlake, Emma Stone, Derek Jeter, Jimmy Fallon, Paul McCartney, [...]

'SNL' Will Celebrate 40 Years with a Live Three-Hour Special Next February

Saturday Night Live will be embarking on its 40th season on NBC next year, and according to NYT reporter Bill Carter the occasion will be marked with a live three-hour special next February 15th similar to the 25th anniversary special in 1999. News of the special joins the extended version of the oral history book Live from New York coming out this September as the first two of most likely many tributes to Lorne Michaels's groundbreaking sketch comedy show.

Click through to watch Bill Murray bring back his Nick the Lounge Singer character for the star-studded 25th anniversary show and read the official statement from NBC:

'The Onion' Turns 25 This Week

Fake news juggernaut The Onion turned 25 yesterday. It was 1988 when two college students started the publication as a print newspaper. Now, The Onion is now a comedic institution, boasting a website with multiple sections, various TV projects, several books, the Onion News Network, and various other web videos. Two and a half decades after its inception, The Onion is sharp as ever and a home to some of the sharpest comedy writers around.

Lorne Michaels Says the 'SNL' 40th Anniversary Special Will Have More Live Performances

Ahead of the live SNL 40th anniversary special on February 15th, Lorne Michaels sat down for an interview with THR to talk about the history of the show, what we can expect from the big reunion, and what it's like to be the leader of a 40-year television institution. When asked if there's an SNL season he'd like to do over, Michaels picked his first season back as producer in 1985 after leaving the show in 1980: "I wanted to recapture [what we had] … We were just younger, and so I wanted to get back to that and I maybe went too young. I think it [...]

Eddie Murphy Confirms He's Attending the 'SNL' 40th Anniversary Special

Huge news, SNL fans: Eddie Murphy is ending his 30-year SNL absence and is headed to the show's 40th anniversary special set to air on February 15th. Murphy revealed the news during a phone interview with News One when asked about why he's never returned to the show since leaving in 1984: "It's just timing. It just never worked out where the timing was right for me to do it … They're actually having a 40th anniversary I think in two weeks. I'm going to that, and that'll be the first time I've been back since I left."

The Best Classic Clips from Conan O'Brien's 20th Anniversary on Late Night

Conan O'Brien has been celebrating his 20th anniversary as a late night host this week, and his website Team Coco has been uploading a bunch of classic clips from his stints on Late Night, The Tonight Show, and his current show, Conan. There are dozens of sketches and bits, some of which haven't been available online ever, but they'll only be on the website until November 15th. We weeded through all the Conan 20th anniversary sketches and put all the best ones below, including early work by young comedy luminaries like Bob Odenkirk, Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, and Louis C.K.

Check out all the best clips below:

Watch Bill Murray's Appearance on David Letterman's 20th Anniversary Show

Bill Murray's appearances on Letterman are always something to look forward to, and last night was no exception. Murray, who was Letterman's first guest on both his shows in 1982 and 1993 respectively, dropped by to celebrate Letterman's 20th anniversary on The Late Show and he pulled out all the stops. Here's Murray's entire 20-minute appearance on the show last night, in which he enters dressed as Liberace, jackhammers open a hole in the stage to retrieve a time capsule from 1993, and caps it off by singing "I Will Always Love You" to Letterman.

Even Jean Doumanian Is Going to the 'SNL' 40th Anniversary Special

If you thought Eddie Murphy and Jack Nicholson were unlikely guests for SNL's 40th anniversary special on February 15th, get ready for another surprise: In a new interview with Deadline, former SNL producer Jean Doumanian — who briefly took over for Lorne Michaels after he left the show in 1980 — confirmed that she will also be attending the live event:

JEREMY GERARD: Do you want to make a comment about the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live?

JEAN DOUMANIAN: Congratulations.

JEREMY GERARD: Anything else?

JEAN DOUMANIAN: Listen I’m the only woman to have produced a 90-minute comedy show. I got Eddie Murphy, Denny [...]

Chris Hardwick Celebrates His Sober Anniversary with Some Photos of "Peter Hardwick"

Earlier this week, @midnight host Chris Hardwick led a game called "Peter Hardwick Facts," which has got to be one of the most enlightened ways for a guy to celebrate 11 years of sobriety — that is, sharing old photos of himself during his rougher drinking years and allowing guests Sara Schaefer, Cash Levy, and T.J. Miller to make fun of them without mercy. (via Huffington Post)

Conan Celebrates 20 Years of Late Night Television

Conan O'Brien is celebrating 20 years as a late night host this year, and in honor of that impressive milestone, he and his team at Conan have acquired some of the best clips from his two decades on the air. Each night this week, the'll be airing montages of classic moments, while extended versions of all the clips will be available on TeamCoco.com for a limited time. There are plenty of fantastic moments to relive, like Conan's trip to Ireland, and below, his attempts to hit on some of the famous actresses who have appeared on his show.

Christopher Guest Teases a Spinal Tap 30th Anniversary Reunion in 2014

Next year marks the 30th anniversary of This Is Spinal Tap's release, and in a new interview, Christopher Guest, teased the possibility of some sort of a reunion in 2014. When asked by The Guardian if there are plans for a Spinal Tap reunion soon, Guest replied, "We get asked to do shows on a regular basis. But what I will say is that we're in the midst of talking about something for next year…" Guest also reflected on all of the things the fake band has accomplished over the last three decades, saying, "Since the film 30 years ago we've gone on tour, playing Wembley, the Albert [...]