During Radner’s tenure in the 1970s as one of the Not Ready For Prime Time Players, one of her most popular characters was Roseanne Roseannadanna, who made regular appearances on the show’s Weekend Update news segment. For the SNL 40 special, actress and two-time SNL host Emma Stone (Birdman, The Amazing Spider-Man) did a tribute to Radner and the character on a Weekend Update segment hosted by Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Jane Curtin (all past Weekend Update hosts).
Watch Emma Stone as Roseanne Roseannadanna here below in the full Weekend Update segment; also embedded below is the original skit from Radner.
Tonight’s Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special has seen a lot of reuniting of past and present cast members, musical guests, hosts, and more, as well as tributes to alumni who have passed on.
In one said tribute of the night, actress and three-time SNL host Melissa McCarthy revived the Matt Foley character, made popular by the late Chris Farley. McCarthy made an appearance during a Weekend Update segment hosted by Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Jane Curtin (all past Weekend Update hosts), coming out dressed in the motivational speaker’s classic duds — thick black glasses, plaid jacket, green necktie, and pants that constantly need adjusting.
Watch the video here below from the SNL 40 special of the entire Weekend Update segment, which includes the McCarthy as Matt Foley bit, as well as Emma Stone doing the late Gilda Radner’s Roseanne Roseannadanna character. Also embedded below is the original Chris Farley skit which featured Chris Spade and guest Christina Applegate.