An aged but ageless Mick Jagger hosted the season-finale of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" this week and offered his own take on the 2012 presidential campaign - blues style - with "Tea Party" and slipped in a scatological-themed profanity during his performance above.
Jagger spoke of his passion for the blues before delivering the out-of-nowhere politically-themed ode with a masterful Jeff Beck about the election that alluded to Mitt Romney's "hair-cutting" prank ("You better not let him cut your hair") in prep school after calling him a "mensch." "If you want to sleep in the West Wing, you got to strategize a bit," Jagger sang, before using a lyric that sounded a lot like "ship." His election prediction melody ended with: "Who will be the president come November? Well, it's anybody's guess ... I'll betcha in six months he'll be screaming, 'Honey, won't you let me out of this mess?'"
Anytime you can catch Jagger perform live and curse on national TV, even at 68, it's worth the effort to lift the clicker. The music and musically-themed skits justified the 90-minute effort required. The rest of the show was pretty much filler. In his monologue, the front-man of "The Rolling Stones" said "The Free Credit Report.Com" band is his new favorite musical group and joked he once was approached by "Ruby Tuesday's" to sing for the opening of one of their restaurants.
The show closed with a full-cast musical dancing farewell tribute to Kristen Wiig, SNL's funniest cast member, who is leaving after seven seasons. Jagger started it as a school principal speaking at "graduation" and it evolved into a mass sing-along of "She's a Rainbow" and "Ruby Tuesday."
The best laughs: Jagger was a dead-ringer for Steven Tyler, who joined host Dave Matthews (Bill Hader) and judges Jewel (Abby Elliott) Carlos Santana (Fred Armisen) on the very grunge "So You Think You Can Dance at an Outdoor Music Festival." His "Burger King" plug was bitingly sweet.
Jagger showed a coy dead-pan side as "Kevin Miller" - a flummoxed insurance agent who had to watch a couple of his pals, Armisen and Bobby Moynihan, perform some over-the-top "Mick Jaggers" at a karaoke night. Jagger/Miller couldn't perform because of stage fright. But he closed with an a cappella version of "Satisfaction" that was neatly brilliant.
During the week, Jagger tweeted: "At Wednesday's script read through. Read 36 sketches to narrow it down to 7." They could have cut it down to just those two and added five more songs.
He played several flamboyant, brash characters, including Chaz Bragman," a 1960s action filmstar in the throw-back game-show "Secret Word" skit, the lost dad in "The Californians," (Steve Martin made a surprise cameo there.) and left Al Sharpton (Kenan Thompson) speechless as a J.P. Morgan financial analyst. Not an easy feat.
On the non-Jagger front, we were treated to "Lazy Sunday 2," given some New York travel tips by our old pal, Stefon, during "Weekend Update" and saw a pretty cool real "Spiderman" ad. Jon Hamm, who became a regular of sorts this season, handled the guest spot on the show's "Lawrence Welk" opening.
See you in September (if not before on-line), SNL.
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