Norm Macdonald took to Twitter last night to look back on his experience working for the Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special, and the whole thing is a must-read for SNL fans who are interested to learn about how the special came together, the history of the "Celebrity Jeopardy" sketch, how some SNL cast members feel about Rolling Stone's recent cast member rankings, and whether or not Eddie Murphy was asked to perform in a sketch. Read Macdonald's recap in full below:
Here's a clip from Craig Robinson's visit to last night's Tonight Show, where he tells Fallon about his experience giving out beads during the Bacchus Parade in New Orleans ("I was not prepared emotionally") as well as filming his upcoming NBC show Mr. Robinson and new movie Hot Tub Time Machine 2.
Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson is heading to SNL next week. Johnson revealed the news during a brief cameo during last night's 40th anniversary special, and February 28th will make both the show's first post-special episode and Johnson's SNL hosting debut. Johnson starred in the 2012-2013 Fox comedy Ben and Kate and also appeared in the series finale of The Office in 2013. No musical guest for Johnson's SNL episode has been announced yet.
UPDATE: NBC just revealed that The Alabama Shakes will be the musical guest on Johnson's episode. It will make their second SNL appearance since 2013's episode hosted by Christoph Waltz.
To celebrate SNL's big 40th anniversary show this Sunday, Matt Lauer interviewed Lorne Michaels for Today to look back at the show's history and what's in store for its future. The two cover everything from the original cast (Michaels says "the show stands on their shoulders") to whether Michaels plans to be at SNL for its 45th anniversary to his thoughts on people who look at the show nostalgically: "In high school you have the least amount of power you're ever gonna have. You don't get to drive, you don't have any money…staying up with friends late on a Saturday is great, and people attach to a cast."
NBC just gave SNL's live 40th anniversary special an extra 30 minutes. The Wrap reports that the special will now air on Sunday from 8:00pm – 11:30pm, which makes sense considering the growing list of SNL alums and celebrity guests for the big event. Here's the list of guests SNL has officially confirmed so far:
Justin Timberlake, Emma Stone, Derek Jeter, Jimmy Fallon, Paul McCartney, Chevy Chase, Kanye West, Adam Sandler, Melissa McCarthy, Will Ferrell, Robert De Niro, Tina Fey, Paul Simon, Jerry Seinfeld, Molly Shannon, Steve Martin, Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Jack Nicholson, Amy Poehler, Jim Carrey, Peyton Manning, Dana Carvey, Dan Aykroyd, Chris Rock, Alec [...]