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Live from New York! 'SNL40' brings back 'Celebrity Jeopardy,' 'Wayne's World,' more

by Elizabeth Murray / / Source: TODAY

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"Saturday Night Live" celebrated its 40th birthday by hosting a three-and-a-half-hour special on Sunday.

The star-studded "SNL40" featured a reboot of the popular "Celebrity Jeopardy" sketch. Along with reprisals of Will Ferrell's Alex Trebek, Norm Macdonald's Burt Reynolds and Darrell Hammond's fan-favorite Sean Connery, the sketch introduced two new characters to the "Celebrity Jeopardy" stage: Kate McKinnon's Justin Bieber and Jim Carrey's Matthew McConaughey.

After all these years | and Alex Trebek still just can't get away from Sean Connery. #SNL40 pic.twitter.com/yMBazgASNs

— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) February 16 | 2015 " title="desktop:

After all these years | and Alex Trebek still just can't get away from Sean Connery. #SNL40 pic.twitter.com/yMBazgASNs— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) February 16 | 2015

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Yes. Yes. Yes. pic.twitter.com/zaUPKsXJMI

— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) February 16 | 2015 " title="desktop:

Yes. Yes. Yes. pic.twitter.com/zaUPKsXJMI— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) February 16 | 2015

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We're so glad Sean Connery is back. Not sure that Alex Trebek agrees. #SNL40 pic.twitter.com/aMqDxyRfk3

— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) February 16 | 2015 " title="desktop:

We're so glad Sean Connery is back. Not sure that Alex Trebek agrees. #SNL40 pic.twitter.com/aMqDxyRfk3— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) February 16 | 2015

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The evening also saw the revival of famous sketch (and the subject of two movies) "Wayne's World."

Party time! Excellent! #SNL40 pic.twitter.com/O7mYhxetXN

— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) February 16 | 2015 " title="desktop:

Party time! Excellent! #SNL40 pic.twitter.com/O7mYhxetXN— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) February 16 | 2015

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Former cast-member Maya Rudolph brought back one of her most beloved impressions, Beyoncé, during a skit that also featured Opera Man, the Blues Brothers, and Will Ferrell and Ana Gasteyer's Marty and Bobbi Culp .

Maya Rudolph channeling Beyoncé as only she can. #SNL40 pic.twitter.com/lmesZbtrbb

— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) February 16 | 2015 " title="desktop:

Maya Rudolph channeling Beyoncé as only she can. #SNL40 pic.twitter.com/lmesZbtrbb— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) February 16 | 2015

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Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Jane Curtin hosted the special's "Weekend Update, with plenty of guest appearances from Ed Norton as Stefon (joined by Bill Hader's Stefon) and the one and only Land Shark.

The Weekend Update dream team! #SNL40 pic.twitter.com/cwNYmjmnTY

— TODAY (@TODAYshow) February 16 | 2015 " title="desktop:

The Weekend Update dream team! #SNL40 pic.twitter.com/cwNYmjmnTY— TODAY (@TODAYshow) February 16 | 2015

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In honor of two former cast members who are no longer here, Emma Stone paid homage to Gilda Radner's Roseanne Roseannadanna and Melissa McCarthy appeared as Chris Farley's Matt Foley.

Melissa McCarthy pays tribute to Chris Farley. Amazing. #SNL40 pic.twitter.com/P0ClNL8kiU

— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) February 16 | 2015 " title="desktop:

Melissa McCarthy pays tribute to Chris Farley. Amazing. #SNL40 pic.twitter.com/P0ClNL8kiU— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) February 16 | 2015

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The show launched with a cold open from none other than Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake, who sang and rapped a history of the show, which launched in October 1975.

TODAY's own Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Carson Daly and Al Roker helped launch the event by hosting the evening's red carpet pre-show.

The show welcomed back dozens of former cast members and popular hosts, including Dana Carvey, Mike Myers, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Eddie Murphy, who returned for the first time in more than 30 years.

This story was originally published on Feb. 16 at 4:02 a.m.

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