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Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake open the 'SNL' 40th anniversary special

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Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake did the honors of opening up the Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special with a “History of Rap”-style opening that was an ode to the show’s most famous sketches. There were homages to the The Nerds, Church Lady, “Lazy Sunday,” “More Cowbell,” “Dick in a Box” (which wasn’t censored for the occasion), and so many more. 

During the number, Rachel Dratch showed up as Debbie Downer to announce that “sadly, history has taught us that opening the show with a musical number leads to a sharp drop in ratings.” Molly Shannon also reprised Mary Katherine Gallagher to declare the sound of cowbells makes her nervous and smell her armpits. 

After finishing off the number with some top hats and canes, the two got to formally declare the show had begun—with a “live from New York!” And then we were off…