0205_snl_launchLive from New York it's ... the women of SNL!

"Saturday Night Live" turns 40 this year and Glamour magazine is celebrating in a huge way, featuring past and current cast members in the pages of their March issue. 

Laraine Newman, Kristen Wiig, Amy Poehler, Ana Gasteyer, Tina Fey, Sasheer Zamata, Jane CurtinCecily StrongKate McKinnonRachel Dratch Aidy Bryant,  Casey WilsonCheri OteriMolly Shannon, Maya RudolphVanessa Bayer and Leslie Jones all wear black and white for the gorgeous shot along with Colin Jost, Taran Killam and Michael Che.  

In the mag, the ladies dish about the shows groundbreaking history, their most famous sketches and those backstage secrets!  

Poehler was a fan of the comedy show from the start and admitted that the original cast members were crucial in her joining the series.  


"I was such a huge fan of Gilda, Jane, and Laraine," she revealed.  "They paved the way for me in my formative teen years. There were the men too. I can’t remember their names, but they were great."  

Curtin admitted that her start on the sketch show changed the way that women were portrayed.

"We were brazen, and women were not brazen prior to SNL," she said.  "We portrayed women as people, which is huge." 

On the show the women all created some of their own memorable characters, some of which had interesting beginnings.  


"I was complaining about my unfortunate jeans with Amy, Maya, and Rachel," Fey said of her Mom Jeans sketch. "Somebody called them mom jeans, and it turned into the [classic Mom Jeans ad]. Looking back, I’m at my goal weight in that commercial, even though I was wearing padding." 

What we see when the cameras are on is pure comedy gold, but what happens when they're off? Does the cast have any backstage secrets? 


"Behind the scenes, the show is like a middle school play," McKinnon revealed.  "Everyone is running around looking for their mom, wondering what wig comes on next, can I pee in these Spanx?"

At the end of the day the ladies share a unique bond, which made leaving the show heartbreaking for some of them.  

"Leaving was a punch-in-the-gut sadness," Wiig revealed. "It still lingers. I don’t think it will ever go away." 

Head on over to Glamour.com for more from the interview and exclusives videos with the women of SNL! 

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