• Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary In Memoriam honors crew, not just cast (Video)

    Saturday Night Live cast members, past and current, will always give tremendous props to the crew members who work behind the scenes. Most any performer will say the same thing about those who aren’t in the spotlight; it’s why at the end of every Broadway show’s curtain call the cast will point to the band and to the tech booth. The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special was so exception. Mike Myers and Dana Carvey shouted, “We’re not worthy,” to the crew during Sunday night’s Wayne’s World sketch. “They make a 90 minute live show run in a space smaller than a middle school gym,” said cast member Michael Che. “If people saw how hard it was to make the show, they’d appreciate it 10 times more than they already do.”

    The three-and-a-half hour SNL broadcast included an In Memoriam montage, remembering both the cast and crew members who have passed away. The crew didn’t have their own separate video. Art directors and camera ops were honored right alongside Chris Farley and John Belushi. Everyone knows Andy Kaufman and Gilda Radner, but did you know about Michael O’Donoghue or Bernie Brillstein? But instead of sadly mourning, the show allowed us to have a laugh at the end like the departed Not Ready For Primetime Players would have wanted. Check out the montage below, introduced by Bill Murray, remembering the famous names of the comedians you loved and the extraordinary hard-working crew members who helped them shine.

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