SNL With Mick Jagger (and a Farewell to Kristen Wiig): Best and Worst Skits?

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Kristen Wiig got an emotional send-off as she made her final curtain call during the season finale of Saturday Night Live. It’s just too bad that the episode as a whole didn’t provide a funnier last impression for the fabulous comedienne, Oscar-nominated earlier this year for her excellent Bridesmaids screenplay.

It didn’t help, of course, that host Mick Jagger struggled mightily from tepid opening monologue to a final sketch, where his attempt to pull off a “California” accent was so strained, the Rolling Stones frontman appeared to be on the brink of an aneyurism. And Jagger didn’t fare much better with his other impressions: A ’60s movie tough guy with a garishly fey center, a musically inhibited insurance salesman, and (least successful of all) Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler.

Also curious: If, as rumored, the Season 37 finale was the swan song for Wiig’s comrades Jason Sudeikis and Andy Samberg, how come no special sendoff for them? Ah well, we’ll always have “Lazy Sunday: 2.”

Below, my picks for best and worst sketches:

Best: Lazy Sunday 2
Let me not give away too much about this genius rap collaboration/sequel starring Samberg and Chris Parnell. I’ll just say I was howling from start to finish at this digital short, with doubly big guffaws at references to John Wilkes Booth, Raven Symone, and Channing Tatum. An instant classic? Yes!

Best: Lawrence Welk Cold Open
I’ve never been the biggest fan of Wiig’s creepy, babydoll-handed singing sister, but I’ll admit I got some hearty giggles watching her interact (hideously) with a urinating statue, then win the heart of Jon Hamm’s Gianni Prosciutto.

Honorable Mention: Stefon
Not Stefon’s finest Weekend Update appearance, but Bill Hader’s absurdly gay city correspondent definitely wins the award for the night’s best line: “For the kids, a special workshop where you can build a bear…but not the kind you think.”

Just in Case You Missed It: Kristen Wiig’s Emotional Sendoff

Worst: Politics Nation With Al Sharpton
Either Kenan Thompson’s impersonation of the Rev. Al needs sharpening, or those punch lines involving teleprompter misreadings and mispronunciations need a total overhaul. Because hearing Thompson introduce himself as “Al Sharpton lettuce,” then correcting himself to say “let us talk about what’s goin’ on on Wall Street” just isn’t gonna cut it.

Worst: So You Think You Can Dance at an Outdoor Music Festival
This sketch had its moments — particularly Taran Killam as a guy on mushrooms, “dancing with a garbage bag he found,” but mostly it felt like a failed opportunity to capitalize on a very clever idea. Why not let one of the female cast members break out a Cat Deeley or Mary Murphy impression, thus making the sketch as much a commentary on the SYTYCD mothership as it was on scrubby festival hoofers? And oh how Jagger’s Steven Tyler brought this one to a screeching halt every time he spoke.

What did you think of this week’s SNL? How did Jagger fare as host? And what did you think of Wiig’s sendoff? Will you miss her? Sound off in the comments!

Comments (88)

  • Classy sendoff in my opinion. I’m kinda sad they left out Andy and Jason.

    Comment by John Bennett (@bizarrojohnny) – May 20, 2012 07:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • If Andy Samberg is leaving, than the Lazy Sunday ‘sequel’ was probably his goodbye thing, since wasn’t that the video that started the whole Lonely Island craze in the first place?

      Comment by Em – May 20, 2012 11:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I loved how Amy Poehler was there, too, for the sendoff, and singing her heart out. How on earth can I become best friends with these people? They’re amazing!

      Comment by GDV – May 21, 2012 09:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Have to give them all the respect in the world for the great sendoff they gave Kristen Wiig. Now if both Sudekis and Sanberg are leaving as well, why they didn’t get anything like this (granted Lazy Sunday 2 was probably Sandberg’s goodbye note) doesn’t make sense.

    Comment by Evan – May 20, 2012 07:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Andy and Jason might still be in a wait and see period and still open for a comeback whilst Kristen made up her mind that she would not come back? That’s the only thing I can think of.

      It’s either that or because she’s a woman and women like that sappy stuff…

      Comment by Brendan – May 20, 2012 07:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
      Couldn’t agree more! I’m going to be quite upset of this is the last one for Jason and Andy :(

      Comment by angelblue1772 – May 20, 2012 09:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I see Sudekis sticking around at least until the elections are over as he plays a fantastic Romney. I do agree, though, that Samberg’s ‘Lazy Sunday 2′ may have been his sendoff.

      Comment by Ashley – May 21, 2012 05:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jagger actually surprised me, I thought he did a good job.

    Kristen will be missed, but at least we won’t have to see her stupid Secret Password and Gillie characters ever again.

    Comment by Brendan – May 20, 2012 07:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • i agree totally. jagger made me lagh more than i had all year. and i have turned off anl a number of times due to tasteless, ‘thalidomide survivor’ gillie skits.

      Comment by don – May 20, 2012 12:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I too think that Mick Jaggar did a very good rendition of Steven Tyler. Where does this reporter get off with such negative comments about it. I found he was funny and replicated the role well.

      Comment by Patsy – May 20, 2012 04:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • The Steven Tyler impersonation was terrible. That said, I didn’t hate the rest of the show. Jagger doesn’t take himself too seriously. I did feel like 3 musical numbers really bogged down the comedy. Long live Stephon!

        Comment by LJ Skogsberg – May 20, 2012 06:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree. Think this review is way off base.

      I fully expected to see Jagger crash and burn, and was prepared for the cringe-worthy.
      But, I thought he held his own, and I thought the karaoke bit with everyone thinking the bad Jagger impersonations were good, while Jagger calmly disagreed, was funny.

      And the game show with Kristen’s impossible theatre diva who must give away the secret word every time, was nicely balanced by Jagger’s fey character, who was more interested in his game partner than winning money.

      And for Jagger to use his musical spots for “Last Time” and “19th Nervous Breakdown” instead of, well, best not get started, was a gift.

      Loved seeing Kristen getting a chance to say goodbye to the Lawrence Welk baby-armed freakette, a rarity in being a genuinely guilty amusement.

      Kristen’s send off was sweet. Seems like most of the big departures have slipped into the night. Throw in Stefon and Lazy Sunday 2 and this was a surprisingly good season finale.

      Comment by filmex – May 21, 2012 01:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Well, guess what, all those characters you can’t stand will be dragged out in a year or two when she comes back to host (assuming she still has a career by then).

      Comment by Bob – May 21, 2012 12:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Suds not singing along at the end and the look on his face made me think it was goodbye for him as well. All three will be missed although I doubt we’ve seen the last SNL Digital Short.

    Comment by Haukmoor – May 20, 2012 07:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • My friend was at the taping and at dress they made it seems as though Kristen was the only one leaving, and that Andy was going to do more writing that performing and that Sudsy would still be there in some capacity. He was probably more emotionally than some because he started with Kristen

      Comment by Amy – May 20, 2012 08:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I think Suds will continue to play Mitt Romney and Joe Biden so he will stay at least through the election.

        Comment by Andy J – May 20, 2012 09:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Good point, my wish is to see Jason behind the Update desk when Seth moves on. From the tweets sounded like one hell of a party after the show!

        Comment by Haukmoor – May 20, 2012 10:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Oo!! I think Jason would be GREAT after Seth.

          Comment by Ashley – May 21, 2012 05:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was really hoping to see the “A–holes” one last time, seeing as this episode marks Wiig’s, and probably Sudeikis’s, last appearance as full-time players. Over all it was pretty good! I agree with the “best ofs”. Not sure if Jagger was the best choice for a season finale host, but without him we probably wouldn’t have gotten that beautiful send-off for Kristen. B+.

    Comment by Jillian – May 20, 2012 07:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I really wanted to see that sketch too! It’s when I first fell in love with them as performers. Sad.

      Comment by mawhi – May 20, 2012 07:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wow I actually was impressed by Jagger, I thought he did a great job

    Comment by Caity – May 20, 2012 07:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree about Jagger. I thought he was very funny. Made me laugh harder at skits I’ve seen before & didn’t find as funny. His duet with the foo fighters was the best music I’ve heard in a very long time. That ROCKED. It was so hot. The song sounded as current as any foo fighters song of today. How many musicians can you say that about? I love Jagger, always have, always will. I’m really sorry to see Kristin go. I love Andy Sandberg. Its going to be challenging to replace any of those three.

      Comment by Shelley English – May 20, 2012 11:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I thought The Foo Fighters were a noisy mess. Arcade Fire was a much better fit.

        Comment by Greg – May 20, 2012 08:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’ll add my voice to the people who thought Jagger did a great job. I agree that the Tyler impersonation was the least successful, but I thought he did really well with the other pieces. It was the first time in a long time that I enjoyed the “password” skit – even the annoying Wiig character was better-written IMO. I LOVED the karoake skit. And The Californians just crack me up and I felt he fit right in with the horrible accents they are all pulling off. Michael, one of the few times I have completely disagreed with you…it feels strange. lol
      I thought all the music was awesome…but somehow I think we missed out on a verse about Obama during the blues election song.
      Pleasantly surprised and touched by the Wiig send-off. To me, it seemed that Hader & Sudeikis were the ones that she truly hugged and seemed to start the waterworks for her.
      I read the next day that none of the 3 have been officially confirmed by NBC as leaving the show, though I’m thinking Wiig is a done deal. lol But as others have said, I’m thinking the other two may be sticking around at least another year. Jason has been in movies and guest starring on TV shows, so I think he has lessened his appearances on SNL anyway. Andy also sometimes is only represented by his Digital Short…I can’t believe the show wouldn’t want to keep those happening.
      Stefon!!! Gotta love Stefon. Here is what I would like to know, though…do you think he is reading the prompter “cold” each time he does the skit? To me and my friend, it truly seems like gets caught off-guard at some of the lines he is reading and that’s where he starts fighting the giggles. Anyone know

      Comment by shel – May 21, 2012 11:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • You’re somewhat right, I think he practices during the week, but one of the other writers always slips in a joke he doesn’t know about.

        Comment by me – May 22, 2012 06:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think J Suds will be around for (hopefully just part) of next season to play Mitt Romney. I don’t think Samberg’s coming back – and the digital shorts last week, this week, and the *final* Laser Cats have been his slow send-off. They’re his contribution to the show, his legacy etc. Plus the last line in “Lazy Sunday 2″ seemed pretty much like a goodbye, right?

    Comment by mawhi – May 20, 2012 07:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I thought Lazy Sunday 2 was Andy’s send-off because the last lines of the song are “and that’s how I’ma finish it.”

    Comment by CB – May 20, 2012 07:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • After seeing the digital short I can’t help but think Samberg is done too. When the last line was that’s how it began and that’s how I am gonna finish it.

    Comment by jessica – May 20, 2012 07:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ok first question… Has SNL done this before for leaving cast members? Or was this something just solely for Kristin? I thought it was a very sweet gesture.

    I also noticed Jason was definitely emotional and I do believe because of this that this was his last show as well. He even walked off stage at the end and was no where to be seen in the pan out of the cast and closing credits. So my question is why not a shout out to him and his amazing accomplishments?

    Comment by Jessi – May 20, 2012 08:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • They did a wonderful send off for Phil Hartman set to “So Long, Farewell” from “The Sound of Music.” That one made me cry. They have done other special send-offs before, but the performer is usually pretty special.

      Comment by shksprsis – May 20, 2012 08:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Jimmy Fallon had a similar send-off too (based on Grease)

      Comment by Lee – May 20, 2012 08:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • They had a big confessional thing when Ferrell left, I vaguely remember them mentioning it was Fallon’s last show, and I think the host pulled Hammond front and center during the curtain call. But it’s usually just a slight mention at the curtain call, if anything.

      Comment by Streed – May 20, 2012 08:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Jason was still on stage when the credits rolled. He had moved from behind everyone a little to the right of center to stage left behind where Mick Jagger was at the beginning of the closing still looking quite sad.

      Comment by suzanne – May 20, 2012 09:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah Jimmy did a Grease parody with Tina Fey when he left the show. Also, if I remember correctly, at the end of update he mentioned it was his last show, then tucked his pencil into his jacket instead of tossing it towards the camera like he usually did. small gesture, but I thought it was sweet.

      This Kristen Wiig send off almost made me cry. I had no idea she was leaving.

      Comment by smsimorangkir – May 20, 2012 11:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was a huge fane of Kristen’s the minute I saw her do a Drew Barrymore impression. Then she just took off from there creating character after character. I agree that it was sad to see her get this send off and a brief acknowledgement from the crowd when Kristen and Jason danced. But Jason has to come back for a few episodes to pull off Romney next year, unless they find a better replacement for that one impression. Otherwise, it was a shame not to give him a proper send off as well. Andy’s Digital Shorts reinvigorated the show and gave it internet buzz. The 100th short last week, the Final Laser Cats with Spielberg, plus the “Finishing it how it all began” line in Lazy Sunday2 was a great send off for him.

    Comment by Kevin – May 20, 2012 08:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • With the presidential election this fall, you can be certain we’ll be seeing the great Jason Sudekis again. He’s the vice-prez, and Mitt (?). He and Andy are also irreplaceable, but let’s be clear: Kristen Wiig is arguably the most-talented cast member in the history of SNL. The amazing array of characters…and her delivery…guys, you may “think” it’s easy, because she MADE it look easy. But YOU try talking fast like Penelope…or pulling off the gut-busting hilarious “Broadway scenes” she interrupts with on Secret Word. I could go on and on….but to me, Kristen was the main reason to watch each week. I can’t even describe how much she’ll be missed.

    Comment by Jason – May 20, 2012 08:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The most talented cast member of all time?? Yes, that is very arguable.

      Comment by Amy – May 20, 2012 08:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Very arguable and I’ll start and end my argument with Phil Hartman. Or Will Ferrell. Or Billy Crystal. Or Harry Shearer. Or Gilda Radner. Or…so much talent has been on those stages and I’m happy it’s still around for a 38th season :P

      Comment by Haukmoor – May 20, 2012 10:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Really going to miss Kristen Wiig. One of the greatest female players to date since Molly Shannon, Amy Poehler & Tina Fey among others. Fingers crossed if Lorne Michaels plans on casting more female players into the mix for Season 38.

    Comment by bad kevin – May 20, 2012 08:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think that Vanessa Bayer is ready to be a full time cast member. Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah too. I am definitely not sold on Kate McKinnon yet though.

      Comment by LJ Skogsberg – May 20, 2012 06:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • WHO ARE YOU TO TELL ME WHAT TO THINK? I thought Mick did great, except for the Steven Tyler, that probably looked better on paper.

    Comment by Streed – May 20, 2012 08:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I, too, thought Mick Jagger did a fantastic job ~ much better than I expected!

    Comment by Linda – May 20, 2012 08:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was very surprised you panned Jagger like that.. I thought he was much better than 99.9% of the other non-actors that host the show. I liked the Secret Word Sketch no matter how old it gets.. I’ll be glad when Samburg is gone – I thought that “Instant Classic” was yet another bad Rap video.. that was not funny in the least.. I would have liked if Kate McKinnon had more to do…

    Comment by xwiseguyx – May 20, 2012 08:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Samberg is hilarious. I tune in every week for the digital short. McKinnon needs to come up with something to do herself. Cast members make up most of their own characters. I just haven’t found her very funny at all.

      Comment by LJ Skogsberg – May 20, 2012 06:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I did NOT think Politics Nation with Al Sharpton was one of the worst. I DO think Al Sharpton hurts MSNBC, so it was funny because its true. I think Californians was worse. I think they need to come up with new skits instead of doing the same ones week after week.

    Comment by Rich – May 20, 2012 09:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I thought this was the perfect season finale! Amazing duets and a lot of laughs. I guess that’s the one flaw with comedy, no one will ever all agree something is funny.

    I thought Fred acting like a whacked out Jagger right in front of Mick Jagger was hilarious. As was Mick as a closeted star in the Secret Word skit. The Californians skit always makes me laugh for how stupid and over the top it is. Considering he’s not an actor, there was not noticeable straight reading off the cue cards, like some actual actors. Was he perfect? No. Was he better than I thought he’s be? YES. To me if the host comes in and is clearly game for anything, as MJ seemed to be, it makes the show funny, even if the jokes fall flat.

    I hope now that Kristen is gone they’ll realize what dead weight Abby Elliot is. (Don’t find her funny and will never forgive her for Will Forte leaving). And they need to go back to the later 90s early 200s with the funny girl power!

    Comment by Amy – May 20, 2012 09:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • What does AbbyElliott have to do with Will Forte leaving? Did I miss an episode where she told WillnForte he’s fired? I think Abby Elliott is great-her impersonations are spot on-and hope she will become SNL’s go-to gal next season. I love her Meryl Streep, her Zooey Deschanel-and who else can do Angelina?

      Comment by Andy J – May 20, 2012 09:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Amy always brings up Abby being responsible for Will leaving, but when she’s called on it, she never explains herself. Some kind of psychosis, I think….

        Comment by TV Gord – May 20, 2012 04:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Abby Elliott was dating Will Forte and cheated on him with Fred Armisen and Forte didn’t want to work with the two of them so didn’t re-sign his contract.

        Comment by Amy – May 20, 2012 09:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Actually, Jagger DOES have some movie acting credits, although his most lauded ones are decades old. (Ned Kelly, Performance). He hasn’t done much in the last 20 years though except 1992′s Freejack, Bent and a couple others.

      Also, incidentally, for those who may not know, his appearance as a banker in the PoliticsNation skit has some credibility as well. Back when his name was still Michael Jagger he was a major at the London School of Economics, but then discovered you got more girls fronting a band then you did from being a chartered account.

      Comment by Seth Janklowicz – May 20, 2012 02:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I thought last nights show was one of the best-possibly ever. Mick Jagger was hilarious in his sketches, I thought his Steven Tyler was great (although I agree-I would have loved to see Mary Murphy and Cat Deeley impersonations on the SYTYCD sketch. How much do you think FOIX paid to have both AI and SYTYCD mentioned on the show? And what a touching and classy send-off for Kristen Wiig. She will be missed; I thknk far and away she is one of SNL’s most talented cast members ever.

    Comment by Andy J – May 20, 2012 09:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • idoloatry with skylar and hollie?

    Comment by jiji33 – May 20, 2012 09:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Best Female talents: Molly Amy Maya Cheri and Kristen are in their own stratosphere. All have the chops to almost make us forget that Gilda was the first. Tina for writing until Sarah Palin hit the scene, and that wasnt until after she had left already. The Men have had exceptional diverse talents in every cast from Belushi to Murray to Eddie Murphy to Billy Crystal to Hartmann and Sandler to Ferrell to Samburg and Hader. There are so many I know I offended someone by forgetting to mention their favorite. But that crop of women in the last 15 years has been stellar.

    Comment by Kevin – May 20, 2012 10:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • it was such an amazing goodbye. It was so touching to see everyone cry and dance with her…and even Lorne…he danced with her. I’m going to miss Kristen Wiig like hell and I am still sobbing because she’s gone and with her so many great characters are gone…but I know Kristen will reach great things, becaus she is so talented…she was the best part of SNL (IMO) and it will neer be the same without her!! :’(

    also Mick Jagger did surprisingly well!!

    Comment by line – May 20, 2012 10:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • You’re an idiot, Michael Slezak (perfect name for you). The show was very entertaining and Mick was surprisingly wonderful. Way better than most hosts this season. Isn’t it just like a hipster internet critic (i.e. loser) to like the seen-it-all-before digital short the best?

    Comment by Dylan – May 20, 2012 11:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i think everyone cried during the farewell right? I mean even my friends couldn’t hold it togeter and usually they don’t like SNL

    Comment by h – May 20, 2012 11:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Andy had his farewell – part of the lyrics for Lazy Sunday 2 said something like “This is how it started, this is how I’m ending it.” I’m sure Lorne consulted with all of them, asking them all how they wanted to take their final bow. Sudeikis maybe wanted to fly under the radar.

    That said, were we watching the same show? I thought it was one of their stronger shows of this very uneven season, and I actually thought Mick Jagger did really well – terrible Cali accent/Steve Tyler impression aside (the Tyler impression was still hilarious though)

    Comment by Kristi – May 20, 2012 11:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • having seen the trailer for sandburg’s latest movie playing adam sandler’s son. i’m sure he will be back…both of them will need jobs. what garbage!!!

    Comment by don – May 20, 2012 12:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • You’re so wrong about the Al Sharpton skit — the mispronounciations were the joke! Sal-mon canaries? Yes!! that was the joke and so was Al Sharpton Lettuce. For me– this episode was the overall, all around right on episode of the season. Other episodes I laughed harder but they also had lower lows. Last night was consistently good all night.

    Comment by Jason P – May 20, 2012 01:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Thank you! Maybe you’ve had to grow up in NY watching Al Sharpton on TV your whole life but that skit was HILARIOUS! I was practically in tears from laughing. Far more entertaining than Kristen Wiig’s deformed hands character or Secret Word which stopped being funny after the first time it aired.

      Comment by Deena – May 21, 2012 01:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • First of all it’s SAMBERG. Learn to spell, people. Thought the episode was pretty good. Mick Jagger is usually pretty game and I thought a good portion of what he brought was better than most of what we’ve seen recently. Wiig’s goodbye was so lovely, had me a bit misty eyed. Saw Whip It again this weekend and was reminded of how much I’ve enjoyed her movie roles. I’m sure she’s on to great things.

    Comment by tripoli – May 20, 2012 01:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Goodbye Kristen We will miss you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now, hello. P L E A SE move Taran Killam and Vanessa Bayerer up to A-List NRFPT Players….

    Comment by paisley – May 20, 2012 02:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • They haven’t been called the Not Ready For Prime Time Players since the original cast, but I agree that Taran should be in the main cast.

      Comment by TV Gord – May 20, 2012 04:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was impressed with Mick Jagger playing against type. There were a few flat spots but I never laughed out loud over so many jokes in one SNL. By far the best of the season.

    Comment by Satisfied – May 20, 2012 02:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’m sorry. For those of you saying this show was the best all season tells me that you missed other episodes. Mick was pretty good, especially the Karaoke skit and the Gay actor. But did you guys actually see the Maya Rudolph episode this season? That was by far the best episode all year. Eli Manning and Sofia Vegara were probably the next best.

      Comment by Kev – May 20, 2012 03:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great show & send off. I thought Jagger did really well. Will miss Kristen definitely! Over the years many good players. Heck I started with SNL when I was first married and young. Now I’m over 60, divorced…but still watching it. Keeps me Forever Young. Thank you Lorne Green, Cast & NBC!

    Comment by JAO – May 20, 2012 03:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Lorne Green??? Ha ha ha. Wrong Canadian, dude.

      Comment by TV Gord – May 20, 2012 04:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am in tears after watching Kristin’s farewell. Her hugs/dances with Suds, Seth, Hader, Lorne, and John Hamm made me lose it. Sadness aside, though, what an absolute thrill for her – Arcade Fire and Mick Jagger singing “Ruby Tuesday”?! Incredible. And I loved seeing Amy Poehler and Rachel Dratch there in support!

    Comment by Noodley – May 20, 2012 03:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Anybody noticed how Sudeikis disappeared from the big gang after they all started singing? Considering the rumors it may have been his last show, he seemed VERY emotional, I doubt it was all about Kristen Wiig’s departure…

    Comment by Catherine – May 20, 2012 04:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I thought that Jagger did a better job than I expected him too. I will not miss Kristen Wiig. There were many more women who were funnier and had unique characters. I never really found any of the ones she did funny. I also thought this episode was one of the better ones this year (i.e. Channing Tatum).

    Comment by Leigh – May 20, 2012 05:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was at the dress rehearsal for the Will Farrell show. Vthat Al Sharpton sketch was a leftover that was cut from that show (except the Jagger part.). Those mistakes in pronunciation were on the cue cards so it was on purpose. The sketch did not bomb at dress rehearsal but it was the second weakest of the night.

    Comment by Snsetblaze – May 20, 2012 05:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was at the dress rehearsal for the Will Farrell show. Vthat Al Sharpton sketch was a leftover that was cut from that show (except the Jagger part.). Those mistakes in pronunciation were on the cue cards so it was on purpose. The sketch did not bomb at dress rehearsal but it was the second weakest of the night.

    Comment by Snsetblaze – May 20, 2012 05:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Did we see the same show? I haven’t seen SNL in years, but tuned in for Jagger. Granted, his Steven Tyler was awful, but I thought he was very funny throughout, especially in the karaoke skit. Plus, comedy isn’t exact his main gig. Mick did a great job overall.

    Comment by jedimasterbates – May 20, 2012 06:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Michael, I think you watched the show without your sauvignon blanc. Mick was hilarious!!! This was one of the better SNL’s in memory. I think you had an off night lol

    Comment by scorpo – May 20, 2012 06:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • First off in the 100th SNL digital short, did any one notice how Will Ferrell said something along the line “I left on my own” as in maybe Sambergs hinting at he’s being forced to leave? That’s kind of how I took it. But I loved Kristens send-off, seeing every one get emotional. I might be having memory loss but was Jason Sudekis in any skits??

    Comment by B – May 20, 2012 09:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think this reviewer watched a different SNL than I did. This season has been less than stellar no matter who hosted. I think this week was better than when Will Ferrell hosted. Mick Jagger did a great job. I thought the monologue was good – especially since the monologues tend to be stinkers anyway. I thought his accents were on purpose and even if he bombed every sketch, the music was off the hook. The goodbye to Kristen made me cry. But I did wonder about Jason and Andy and if they are really leaving.

    Comment by Cynthia Reynolds (@CindyReynolds) – May 20, 2012 10:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I thought Mick Jagger was funny and I will miss all three so much!

    Comment by Janice – May 21, 2012 06:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • You are so pessimistic about this show! I was sincerely pleasantly surprised by Jagger’s silly performances and thought he did great in every sketch. We all know he’s not an actor, so I kind of loved how bad he was at times. My 3rd favorite episode of the season, after Jimmy Fallon and Melissa McCarthy.

    Comment by brandy – May 21, 2012 08:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What did you expect from Mick? He was fun, that’s all. And the music, I could keep rewinding She’s A Rainbow and Ruby Tuesday, so much talent and emotion, LOVED it. Gotta give Foos their props too. Although Dave put on a few.

    Comment by jazzy – May 21, 2012 12:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My guess is Samberg is gone and he left the way he wanted to, with a digital video segment, and Sudeikis is probably still in contract negotiations, so there’s a chance he’ll be back.

    Comment by Bob – May 21, 2012 12:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The only thing I agree with on your worst list was the Al Sharpton skit…and that’s only because Kenan Thompson was in it…I’m sorry but I think he is the most “unfunny” performer in the history of SNL and I cringe every time I see him in a skit!

    Comment by ruandvin – May 21, 2012 12:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I enjoyed Jagger and my favorite was where they made fun of his moves by imitating and I disagree with almost everything this reporter said. I guess I’m the only one on here not a Kristin fan, her voice that sounds the same in every skit has annoyed me for years so no lost here .

    Comment by Wendy – May 21, 2012 10:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I thought Mick Jagger was fabulous! It was the best SNL show I have seen in a very long time.

    Comment by Sue – May 31, 2012 11:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • who were the audience clapping for in the opening skit (guy with black hair) and in the last skit when some other dude came in?

    Comment by mark – June 14, 2012 08:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I have to say Kristen is a very capable actress. She has most of what it takes to be successful in Hollywood. However watching SNL over years I sometimes felt she let herself play any crappy role that was thrown at her. At times things that other actresses would not accept or find a way to step away from. The clips in which she was acting as a lunatic
    farting and burping left and right has unfortunately engraved in so many peoples’ mind.
    Actresses should always consider whether they would remain after the piece as a classy woman.

    Comment by rezat – July 2, 2012 11:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    I’m going to miss Kristen Wiig very much, she was the best on the show in my opinion…she will be missed and it will be weird without her for a while!

    Comment by Line – August 28, 2012 05:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Didn’t Andy Sandburg write a song about what your friend’s mother does? Or what he does with her?

    Comment by RockGolf (@rock_golf) – May 20, 2012 11:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s Samberg. It’s a good thing American citizenship isn’t based on literacy, because a lot of people here would be deported.

    Comment by TV Gord – May 20, 2012 04:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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