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Vieira, Pauley, Gumbel, Roker team up to celebrate Matt Lauer's birthday

Dec. 30, 2013 at 9:00 AM ET

Video: See who is wishing TODAY’S Matt Lauer a very happy birthday live on TODAY, as he is joined by TODAY anchors Jane Pauley and Bryant Gumbel.

Happy birthday, Matt Lauer! To celebrate the co-anchor turning 56 years young, the TODAY family had some special gifts to send Matt's way, and we're also taking a look back at some of his best moments from 2013.

A playful message from a vacationing Savannah kicked off the celebration, followed by Al — with an assist from Carson — delivering a Just For Men kit to Matt to help battle the gray in his new salt-and-pepper beard.

And following a surprise call from former co-anchor Meredith Vieira — who is also celebrating a birthday today — Jane Pauley's twins Ross and Rickie made their television debut to present Matt with his cake. And of course, the pair also share a birthday with Matt and Meredith!

Monday's celebration was just one in a long line of fun and memorable moments with Matt this year. In between interviewing the world's biggest stars this year, Matt busted out his dance moves, spoke about his longtime inspiration, and showed us his "cans."

Check out five of our favorites below. We've compiled hilarious highlights for Savannah, Willie, Natalie and Al, too!

Video: The TODAY anchors and some special guests flash back to their favorite throwback TV characters, with Savannah and Natalie as Laverne and Shirley, Kathie Lee and Hoda as the Flintstones and Willie and Matt celebrating the buxom lifeguards from “Baywatch.”


Video: TODAY’s Matt Lauer shows off his dancing skills, thanks to a little coaching from musical superstar PSY.


Video: A stunning new infomercial is going viral, showing a water repellant that can fend off the likes of mustard, chocolate syrup and soda. TODAY’s Matt Lauer dares to use his own suit to test out the product.


Video: As TODAY’s week-long #InspiredBy series continues, anchor Matt Lauer reveals his inspiration – charismatic heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali – and reports on why, despite his ongoing battle with Parkinson’s disease, the sports icon is still a champion today.


Video: The anchors undergo exams live on TODAY to raise awareness for men’s health, and Dr. Nancy Snyderman explains why men should have a conversation about prostate cancer with their doctors.



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