Award for top com­edy show

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SAT­UR­DAY Night Live will re­ceive a spe­cial award in the an­nual Bafta hon­ours for the show’s in­flu­ence on com­edy.

The sketch show has been broad­cast since 1975 and will be recog­nised for launch­ing the ca­reers of count­less co­me­di­ans.

Bill Mur­ray, Will Fer­rell, Ed­die Mur­phy, pic­tured right, and John Belushi have all starred on the NBC pro­gramme in its four-decade his­tory.

The British Academy of Film and Tele­vi­sion Arts (Bafta) will present the Spe­cial Award to the cre­ator of the show, Lorne Michaels.

Amanda Berry, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Bafta, said: “Sat­ur­day Night Live has dis­cov­ered, nur­tured and cel­e­brated gen­er­a­tions of com­edy tal­ents.

“We are de­lighted to be pre­sent­ing this hugely pop­u­lar show with a Spe­cial Award, one of the Academy’s high­est hon­ours.”

Dan Aykroyd, Chris Rock, and Mike My­ers all had early suc­cess on the show, and for­mer cast mem­bers will be in at­ten­dance on Thurs­day when the award is pre­sented at a cer­e­mony in New York.

Down­ton Abbey and the Monty Python team were re­cent re­cip­i­ents of the Bafta Spe­cial Award.

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