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SNL 40th reunion typical of most reunions

Posted 17 February 2015 12:00 AM by CLE Rinker

Saturday Night Live has been on air for 40 years and the celebration on Sunday night was a star-studded galaxy of goofballs and grandeur.

When reading reviews and listening at the water cooler, age definitely defined delight. Some loved seeing Weekend News anchor Jane Curtain. Others could not wait to see twin anchors Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Who did you grow up with?

My mother did not permit us to watch Saturday Night Live. We would have had to stay up late and she did not (does not to this day) think the content was suitable for anyone much less her young children. When we were older we got to see some of those original shows as reruns and were exposed to the Samurai, Nick Ocean and Point/Counterpoint.

It is pretty funny that on Sunday night, my mother – who is staying with me right now – went to another room while I watched the special. Some things never change.

Overall, it was a reunion like most other reunions. There was the popular kid that no one could figure out why he was popular. The one who always said something stupid and tried too hard to make people laugh. The girl that seemed above it all, but was kind enough to show up. I am sure there was better food and more limos than your typical reunion, but all the elements were there. Crazy favorite uncle (Jack Nicholson) showing up unexpectedly. And that guy, what was his name?

My personal favorite moment was Nick Ocean (Bill Murray) singing the love song from Jaws – the shark movie that came out the same year SNL debuted. While some stars seemed to show up just to stand in the limelight (Eddie Murphy, Chevy Chase), Murray sold it with killer lyrics ending with something like “Wasn’t I enough for you?”

I enjoyed the bromance of Justin and Jimmy, a sterling Steve Martin and the perennial favorite, Jeopardy. Was that really Norm MacDonald as Burt Reynolds? Hilarious.

Overall it was too long. A little frantic. But the reunion show reminded everyone of how Saturday Night Live has impacted popular culture. Launching careers and catch-phrases, SNL is the sturdy tugboat of comedy that occasionally gets swamped, but never sinks


Cindy Earehart Rinker, marketing supervisor at Shentel, is an avid watcher of TV and “superstar” fan of comedy.