SNL Honoring George Carlin

Saturday Night Live paying tribute to comedian George Carlin.

Saturday Night Live is paying tribute to comedian George Carlin this week.

George Carlin

Carlin, who died Sunday at age 71, was also the host of the very first SNL back in 1975.

To honor the legendary comedian, SNL is reairing the premiere episode. In addition to Carlin, the episode featured the “Not Ready for Primetime Players,” including Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin and Gilda Radner. The episode also features a musical performance by Janis Ian and Billy Preston, as well as a performance by comedian Andy Kaufman.

"You never forget the people who were there at the beginning,” SNL creator Lorne Michaels said in a statement. “George Carlin helped to give Saturday Night Live its start as our first host. He was gracious, fearless and, most important of all, funny."