Last night was possibly the biggest high school reunion “Saturday Night Live” creator Lorne Michaels could have hoped for. Old cast members came back, former guest hosts returned and even sports stars got into the action. There were tearful tributes, well-wishes and a Seinfeld reunion with Jerry and writer Larry David. Two Pauls performed, and Kanye sang from the floor. Betty White stole our hearts and a kiss from Bradley Cooper, and “King Tut” walked again thanks to Steve Martin.
Here were some of the night’s highlights you may have missed:
Jimmy Fallon And Justin Timberlake Rap Through 'SNL' History
Jimmy Fallon applied his quick history of rap recap skills to 'SNL' history with the help of singer Justin Timberlake. Although a rumored 'N Sync appearance turned out to false, Timberlake and Fallon did start a long series of musical performances that included Miley Cyrus, Paul McCartney and Paul Simon.
The Triumphant Return Of Celebrity Jeopardy
Turd Ferguson’s back! As is Sean Connery mispronouncing everything, Jim Carry’s spacey Matthew McConaughey and Kate McKinnon’s impeccable Justin Bieber to annoy the everlasting scowl off of Will Ferrell’s Alex Trebek. It has to be seen to be believed.
'SNL' Audition Tapes Montage
A good portion of the airtime was dedicated to old clip reels and "best of" montages. To watch the beginnings of many of 'SNL' legends at the start of their TV careers was a honest look at the dozens of comedians who graced the stage, and a few famous faces who didn’t make Lorne’s cut.
Betty White Steals Kiss From Bradley Cooper, Walks Away With Show
“The Californians” sketch reunited big names like Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen and Bill Hader and featured guest turns from Taylor Swift and Kerry Washington. But all anyone could talk about was White’s smooch with “American Sniper” star Cooper.
Best Weekend Update Ever
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler returned to the Weekend Update desk with original “Not Ready for Primetime Player” Jane Curtain. Celebrity guests came on to recreate their favorite characters, including Emma Stone, who played a convincing iteration of Gilda Radner’s Roseanne Roseannadanna, and her fellow “Birdman” co-star Edward Norton appeared as Bill Hader’s Stefon. Hader joined Norton to correct his impression, when former Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers showed up on-stage jealous over Stefon’s lack of loyalty. But it was Melissa McCarthy’s tribute to Chris Farley’s Matt Foley, motivational speaker, that brought the house and desk down.
Maya Rudolph Out-Bey’d Beyoncé
In a small “Inherent Vice” reunion, Maya Rudolph returned to the "SNL" stage as the flawless Beyoncé alongside Martin Short. Rudolph: “Is that Beyoncé?” Short: “No, you are.” Rudolph: “Thank you.”
Chris Rock’s Passionate Intro For Eddie Murphy
Despite Murphy looking like he was there to collect a check, Rock gave a thoroughly genuine intro for one of his personal heroes. “Every couple years the media tries to call some new comic the next Eddie Murphy. Martin Lawrence is the next Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock is the next Eddie Murphy, Kevin Hart’s the next Eddie Murphy. There is no next Eddie Murphy.”
Kanye West Plays Kanye West Best
West chose to perform a little differently than either Simon or McCartney. In the following sketch, Wanye’s World hosts Mike Meyers and Dana Carvey told him to “stay in his seat,” to which he tried multiple times to rush the stage.