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Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon Rap SNL’s 40th Anniversary Open (watch!)

Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon opened Saturday Night Live's 40th Anniversary Show with a high-powered rap about past stars and famous characters. (Photo:ScreenCap)

Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon opened Saturday Night Live’s 40th Anniversary Show with a high-powered rap about past stars and famous characters. (Photo:ScreenCap)

Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake opened “SNL 40: Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary” special last night (Feb. 15) rapping about all the cast members and skits that have taken place over the years. The list was lengthy.

Their musical number also was part medley, touching on some of the musical acts that have also appeared on the show.

The name-dropping rap included acts like the Cone Heads, Gumby, Buck Wheat, Blues Brothers, Mr. Bill, The Californians, Wild and Crazy guys, the Ambiguously Gay Duo and “Dick in a Box,” of course.

Molly Shannon and Rachel Dratch made cameos in as some of their notable characters.

“Sadly, history has taught us that opening the show with a musical number leads to a sharp drop in ratings,” interjected Dratch as her character Debbie Downer.

“NBC doesn’t care about ratings,” Fallon replied.

“They really don’t,” said Timberlake.

The show featured many of the cast members going back to its inception in 1975. Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Garrett Morris and Dan Ackroyd were among the original cast members to attend.

Musical guests included Paul Simon, NSYNC Miley Cyrus and Paul McCartney.

The show definitely had the feel of a homecoming or as opening monologue host Steve Martin said “a high school reunion.”

Check out the opening number below. It’s doubtful many viewers switched the channel. Let us know your thoughts and be sure to follow IM on Twitter for the latest television news.


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