SNL's Mick Jagger Episode: 5 Best Scenes

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[SNL's season 37 ended on a high note, with strong musical performances and an impressive comic turn by Mick Jagger, and a moving send-off for Kristin Wiig (in which Jagger and Arcade Fire performed "She's a Rainbow" and "Ruby Tuesday" while a teary-eyed Wiig danced with each castmember in turn). Andy Samberg and Jason Sudeikis are also rumored to be leaving, but producer Lorne Michaels has indicated that no decisions have yet been made. The episode showcased such recurring Wiig characters as the weird singing sister from the Finger Lakes and stage diva and perpetual Secret Word loser Mindy Elise Grayson. Mick Jagger portrayed everyone from a loony Steven Tyler to a J.P. Morgan executive, a blasé Californian, and a lonely insurance salesman. Jon Hamm and Steve Martin made cameos, and former castmembers Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, and Chris Kattan showed up to pay tribute to Wiig. Mick Jagger performed "The Last Time" with Arcade Fire, "19th Nervous Breakdown," and "It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)" with Foo Fighters, and an election-inspired blues song with Jeff Beck.]

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Kristin Wiig, as the weird singing sister from the Finger Lakes, finally finds true love with Italian crooner Jon Hamm on the Lawrence Welk Show.





It's karaoke night at the Association of Life Insurance Brokers' annual conference, and shy salesman Kevin (Mick Jagger) watches wistfully from the sidelines as his colleagues perform Rolling Stones songs. (Kristin Wiig: "'Moves Like Jagger?' That's my all-time favorite Stones song!"...)





Seven years after the debut of Andy Samberg's first SNL Digital Short—"Lazy Sunday" (December 2005), starring Samberg and Chris Parnell—Parnell returns for "Lazy Sunday 2."





Stefon (Bill Hader) drops by Weekend Update with tips for a fun family visit to New York City in the summer. Recommendations include "Jewish Fireworks," a special appearance by "evil chef Wario Batali" ("he's like his brother, but he doesn't wear Crocs"), and an unusual build-a-bear workshop, with "furtlenecks"...





Santa Monica ferris wheel operator Timothy (Mick Jagger) has surprising news to share on a new episode of The Californians (where the hair is always bleached, the clothes are always pastel, and the conversation is always about directions to the Freeway.) Also featuring a cameo by a bewigged, Hawaiian shirt-sporting Steve Martin.





Also: (Not online—presumably for music copyright reasons) Dave Matthews (Bill Hader) hosts So You Think You Can Dance at an Outdoor Music Festival?, with judges Steven Tyler (Mick Jagger), Jewel (Abby Elliott), and Santana (Fred Armisen), and drugged out contestants Willow Vance (Kristin Wiig), Spliff Sanders (Bobby Moynihan), and a dreadlocked Taran Killam.

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