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Kristen Wiig was stunning in a black grown with a plunging neckline at the SNL 40th Anniversary Celebration Sunday in New York City.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

Kristen Wiig was stunning in a black grown with a plunging neckline at the SNL 40th Anniversary Celebration Sunday in New York City. She was one of a slew of former castmembers and celebs to hit the red carpet. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

Kristen Wiig was within six degrees of separation from Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Eddie Murphy and a slew of other “The Saturday Night Live” cast members at the show’s 40th Anniversary celebration Sunday (Feb. 15) at Rockefeller Center in New York City.

The event also included many of the show’s most memorable guests from Jerry Seinfeld to Tom Hanks and John Goodman.

In all more than 1,000 celebrities turned out to honor the show.

It was a touching and emotional reunion for all of those connected in some way with the show, which has been a cultural touchstone ever since it debuted in the mid-70s.

The founding cast included Bill Murray, Chevy Case, Dan Ackroyd, Jane Curtin, Laraine Newman, Gilda Radner, Garrett Morris and John Belushi.

It was a show unlike any other on television when it premiered on on NBC on October 11, 1975. Unbeknownst to most fans, the show was originally called “NBC’s Saturday Night.”

Although sketch comedy wasn’t new to television, the SNL cast took the format to new heights and dealt with subjects that television had never dared to touch on before.

It skewered politicians with relish, from Gerald Ford to Sarah Palin, with the most biting humor.

At a time when political and social conventions were under question, “Saturday Night Live” provided a relief valve through high-concept comedy sketches, political satire and music performances.

The show became a rite of passage for scores of comedians, musicians and actors who served as weekly hosts. Through it all Lorne Michaels has presided over the show.

They’re too numerous to mention here, but check out the photos, let us know your thoughts and be sure to follow IM on Twitter for the latest television news.


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