‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: “Mick Jagger”
Well, kids, here we are. The end of this season of ‘SNL,’ and more importantly, the end of an era, as Kristen Wiig bids us farewell. Mick Jagger hosts a very special episode, so grab your tissues and get ready to say goodbye to one of the most talented actresses ‘SNL’ has ever had.
The Lawrence Welk Show
The show kicks off with a classic Kristen Wiig bit as Fred Armisen hosts The Lawrence Welk show on PBS. Wiig is Dooneese, one of the singing Merrell Sisters from The Finger Lakes. Jon Hamm pops in as an Italian crooner.
Did it work? The sight of Dooneese with a tiny accordion for her tiny hands is just too much to deal with. The Lawrence Welk sketch has gotten old, but this spin on it is refreshing — as is Kristen Wiig’s energy tonight, which is just sparkling. Dooneese gets exceptionally raunchy this time out, and Hamm’s puns are just awesome. I think I officially lost it when Hamm started sucking on Dooneese’s tiny hand.
“I went numero duet in this boat.”
“Isn’t love just gross?”
Oh hey, it’s Mick Jagger, here to promote… What? How awesome he is? Yeah, we’ll take it. The guy’s a Rolling Stone, he gets a lifetime pass for cool. Jagger’s monologue is him answering frequently asked questions from fans. When discussing his favorite current bands, he mentions Foo Fighters and Arcade Fire, both on tap tonight to support Jagger’s musical performances.
Did it work? The monologue is pretty basic and the jokes aren’t landing, but Jagger’s talents in getting a crowd excited are something to be reckoned with.
Bill Hader hosts Secret Word and Wiig plays Broadway actress Mindy, a woman who’s really terrible at the game and always gives the word away. Jagger plays a snooty, closeted gay actor.
Did it work? Mick Jagger looks like he’s having a blast, so any reservations are immediately quelled a little. Wiig continues to light up the stage as she almost competes with Jagger for who can give the most eccentric performance.
“The doctor told me I had a drinking problem and I said ‘That’s what I thought I had!’”
“You do this to get the part. Oh, I’m sorry, there was a smudge covering the ‘C.’ It’s canal, not anal.”
“They won’t let me wear my bottom lashes in my films.”
Jagger plays Kevin, one of several business associates at a Rolling Stones karaoke competition, where he and his companions bicker over who has the best Mick Jagger impression.
Did it work? Fred Armisen hops up to sing The Rolling Stones’ “Start Me Up,” and his exaggerated moves and vocals are fantastic. Bobby Moynihan is the guy who so obviously looks and sounds nothing like Jagger, and Kevin (Jagger himself) is growing increasingly agitated. The whole hook of the sketch is the meta aspect and it gives Jagger a chance to sing — but he already has three musical performances scheduled tonight! It might’ve been funnier if he had gotten on the karaoke stage and been horrible in front of his friends.
“‘Moves Like Jagger’? That’s my all time favorite Rolling Stones song!” — For those placing bets, it took less than 20 minutes for someone to make a Maroon 5 ‘Moves Like Jagger’ reference.
Digital Short: Lazy Sunday 2
It’s back! Chris Parnell joins Andy Samberg for the 101st ‘SNL’ Digital Short — a sequel to the short that started it all, ‘Lazy Sunday.’ In the first video, Parnell and Samberg were going to see ‘The Chronicles of Narnia.’ This time, the pair are going to see ‘Sister Act: The Musical’ after brunch, because of course they are.
Did it work? You don’t need me to sell you on this. It’s ‘Lazy Sunday,’ it’s Samberg, it’s a Digital Short, and it brought Chris Parnell back to ‘SNL.’ If you need more convincing, see the best quotes because otherwise I don’t even know how to help you.
“The plating is cray. I detect sage butter. How you wanna pay, Chris? Go Dutch, motherf—er!”
“Still waitin’ on a f—in’ YouTube check!”
“We take more shots in the theater than John Wilkes Booth.”
“Lights dim and we scream out, ‘That’s so Raven!’
Kenan Thompson plays Al Sharpton, host of Politics Nation on MSNBC. Jagger plays a financial adviser. Armisen plays New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Jason Sudeikis plays an employee at a salmon cannery in Alaska. The topic: where are the jobs in America?
Did it work? Mostly, no, but Sharpton getting confused and calling a salmon cannery a “salmon canary” was pretty funny. I just kept wondering when Kristen Wiig would come back. This sketch is too much of a one-note, and that’s a distinct complaint when you have a show based on sketches that are typically one-note.
“I’m Al Sharpton Let Us.”
“Seeks subway tunnel exterminator to eliminate bat colonies and rat kings.”
Mick Jagger Performs “The Last Time”
The Arcade Fire joins Mick Jagger to sing “The Last Time,” and it’s kind of fantastic. Next time, ‘SNL,’ just bring Mick Jagger on as a musical guest. You may be able to see the age in his face, but his moves are the same as ever, and that’s to say they’re awesome. More of Jagger the performing artist, less of Jagger the actor. In fact, can we get an Arcade Fire and Mick Jagger album and accompanying tour? They’re perfect together!
The topics tonight include Facebook going public, Mayor Bloomberg’s commencement speech, Obama’s remarks on gay marriage, and Yankee Candles’ “Man Candles.”
Did it work? Meyers’ jokes are on fire this week, and although Stefon is the real star of Weekend Update every time he’s around, can we give Meyers a little credit for his wit?
Okay, now let’s talk about Stefon. Some people despise ‘SNL’ actors cracking up, bemoaning their lack of professionalism and a general annoyance with the interruption. However, watching Bill Hader — a total professional — crack up because he has no idea what that teleprompter is going to say next is utterly delightful. Can we just get a Stefon movie already?
It’s easier to tell Hader is reading the prompter this time, but his commitment to weird sounds and eccentric line delivery can’t be beat. Meyers even cracks this week! I’m going to get real honest with you guys: I had to pause the TV twice. Once during “A woman with nowhere to turn,” and again when he did an impression of a Jewish firework.
“Though I don’t know if you can put a price tag on watching your friends from high school slowly get fatter.”
Meyers on dead flesh-eating pedicure fish: “On the bright side, that would kill all the right people.”
“Frat boy guru D-Bag Chopra.”
“And kids, there’s a special workshop where you can Build-a-Bear, but not the kind you think!”
“This place has everything. Raffis, Yeti cabs — pedi cabs driven by Yetis, slow pokes, a woman with nowhere to turn.”
Mick Jagger Performs “19th Nervous Breakdown”
Foo Fighters support Mick Jagger this time around, and it’s lively, though it’s not as fantastic a pairing as Jagger and Arcade Fire, whose musical sensibilities seem to match Jagger much better.
Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader star as a couple on faux soap opera “The Californians.” Fred Armisen and Andy Samberg co-star. Jagger plays Armisen’s father.
Did it work? The Californians relies on a few gimmicks to keep the wheels spinning — airhead accents, people who can’t stop staring at themselves in a mirror, and the characters giving each other very specific driving directions. It’s a decent sketch, but I think at this point in the episode, nothing is going to make everyone happy about Kristen Wiig leaving. Except for that too-brief Steve Martin cameo.
It’s the official farewell to Kristen Wiig now as the Arcade Fire take the stage once more to play “She’s a Rainbow.” Wiig plays a student graduating college and all of her friends take turns saying goodbye.
Did it work? It’s a fitting send off, allowing each of the cast members their turn to take the stage with their fellow thespian and friend one last time. Each actor dances with Wiig in different ways, showing us how different her relationship was with each of them. Some are silly dances, some are brief, and some — like her dances with Bill Hader and Jason Sudeikis — are deeply touching. The two of them are on the verge of tears — this really is the most beautiful exit they could have given her. Former castmates Amy Poehler, Chris Parnell, Rachel Dratch, and Chris Kattan show up to join in the goodbye, and with that, this season of ‘SNL’ — and the era of Kristen Wiig — comes to an end.