SNL 40 telecast was a blast. Miley Cyrus steals the show, as Kanye & company, Neil Simon, and Paul McCartney deliver spectacular performances.

SNL 40 telecast was a blast. Miley Cyrus steals the show, as Kanye & company, Neil Simon, and Paul McCartney deliver spectacular performances.

“You know there are so many things about Saturday Night Live that people don’t know. Like for example, I just found out that one of the original cast members in 1975 was Brian Williams.” – Jerry Seinfeld

THE ENTIRE EVENT was spectacular, especially if you’ve been there watching from the beginning, as so many of us have been. Living in New York City during the bad old years of the 1970s and early 1980s, I remember the atmosphere in which SNL was born.

The main thing on display was the familial nature of SNL, which was felt the entire night, but especially during intros like what Eddie Murphy received from Chris Rock. At the end when everyone bowed to the crew, people who haven’t done live theater, of whatever variety, finally understood what a bond everyone on SNL has to one another.

Paul Simon turning to the SNL band asking for a “standing O” before he launched into “Still Crazy After All These Years,” which was penultimate musical finale, put an exclamation on a night of tremendous heart, love and comedy talent, the likes no other show can claim.

It came complete with a Steve Martin acknowledging the very white nature of SNL, and Brian Williams jokes, the best by Jerry Seinfeld.

When the opening act begins with Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake you know you’re in for quite a night.

Thank you, Lorne Michaels, who is so obviously loved by all of these very funny people.

Miley Cyrus continued the festivities by paying tribute to Simon with an impressive rendition of “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.” Slinking through the verses, Cyrus took the chance to break out her booming, diva vocals during the song’s soulful and stomping chorus — all of which was anchored by Fred Armisen’s indispensable auxiliary percussion. [Rolling Stone]