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'SNL' finale turns into star-studded reunion with Samberg, Wiig, Hader and more

May 18, 2014 at 10:22 AM ET

"Saturday Night Live" ended season 39 the way it started — with a former "SNL" player at the helm. But unlike the premiere episode, which saw Tina Fey bring the laughs, finale host Andy Samberg had help in the form of a long line of familiar faces from the show's past and more than one celebrity pal.

The surprise reunion kicked off during the monologue. Samberg decided his hosting duties provided him with the perfect opportunity to finally outperform alum Bill Hader in the spot-on impressions department. (Hader was ahead by 23 celeb impressions when he left the show last year).

First former Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers joined Samberg and offered up a rapid-fire list of personalities ripe for impersonation. Samberg delivered his best Keanu Reeves, Zoey Deschanel, Alf and "the dad from 'Alf'" sendups — and twenty others — to beat Hader.

That is until Hader swooped to reclaim his honor with his very own Samberg impression.

From there, the reunion kept rolling as Samberg and Hader were joined by ex-cast members Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolf, as well as actor Paul Rudd, to bring the overly intimate "SNL" family, the Vogelchecks, back to life for one more cringe-worthy (and hilarious) sketch.

Another blast from the past came in the form of the evening's Digital Short, featuring Samberg and his Lonely Island cohorts Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone and yet another famous face — soon-to-be "Voice" coach Pharrell Williams.

But Samberg sat out what might have been the funniest skit of the night. It was Rudolph who took the spotlight in the role of Beyonce for a timely interpretation of just what happened between Jay Z and the singer's sister, Solange Knowles, on that infamous elevator ride.  

"Saturday Night Live" will return to NBC with new episodes in the fall.


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