Saturday Night Live's 40th Anniversary Special airs this Sunday on NBC. The impressive guest star list includes many SNL favorites—current and former cast members, guest hosts, and even politicians who have been the butt of the show's jokes. I asked Saturday Night Live and American TV co-editor Nick Marx who he was particularly looking forward to seeing on the show.
"I'm excited to see Eddie Murphy return to the show for the first time in 30 years." But as for Sarah Palin? Marx probably will be channel surfing during that segment.
SNL is gearing up for a big celebration, with a live three and a half hour broadcast starting at 8 p.m. and red carpet coverage one hour before. So after four decades, why do we still keep tuning into the show? Marx says there are three reasons.
"SNL remains relevant after all these years because it of its own self-promotion, the influence of its stars outside of the show, and its unique ability to both capture and generate national conversations about politics, culture, and comedy."
Like SNL, we also enjoy doing some self-promotion, so to celebrate its 40th anniversary, we're giving away a copy of Marx's book Saturday Night Live and American TV, plus this handy SNL tote bag to carry it in! Fill out this entry form by February 20 for your chance to win.