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Story highlights

Sunday night's special celebrates 40 years of the sketch classic

Former cast members such as Eddie Murphy and Laraine Newman appeared

Guests included Kanye West, Justin Timberlake and Betty White

(CNN) —  

It’s not easy to squeeze 40 years of show into one anniversary special, but “Saturday Night Live” gave it a go on Sunday night.

From the Jimmy Fallon/Justin Timberlake opening to the return of Eddie Murphy and musical performances by the likes of lightning rod artists Kanye West and Miley Cyrus (who offered a surprisingly charming version of “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover”), it was an evening of mockery and fond remembrances for the “SNL” 40th anniversary special.

Why ‘Saturday Night Live’ is still awesome

Here are some highlights:

Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake get musical

Could NBC please just give these two their own show already?

We already knew that Fallon and Timberlake are magical, thanks to their “History of Rap” skits on Fallon’s “Tonight Show.” On Sunday night, they opened the special episode with a musical number celebrating some of the show’s most famous catchphrases.

Three cheers for Timberlake’s Schweddy balls!