By the time host/musical guest Mick Jagger performed The Rolling Stones‘ classic “The Last Time” alongside special guests The Arcade Fire during last night’s landmark episode of Saturday Night Live, the song had already taken on a whole new meaning. It had become quite apparent early into the episode that the rumors of Kristen Wiig‘s exit (and quite possibly Andy Samberg and Jason Sudeikis, as well) were no longer rumors: This was Wiig’s SNL swan song.
It seemed fitting, really, to have a comedy rock star’s last episode be hosted by the ultimate rock star: Mick Jagger. The legend did what he does best last night: stand still and talk. Just kidding, the lively (seriously, does this guy ever slow down?) rocker turned out to be one of the season’s best hosts, thanks to his commitment to each bit, his willingness to make fun of himself, and oh yeah, being the coolest guy on the planet. After a delightful opening monologue in which a relaxed Jagger answered his most-asked questions (for the record, his favorite Rolling Stone is himself), the rocker earned even bigger laughs during the latest “Secret Word” sketch. Playing a 1960s action star with a not-so-secret hidden sexual preference, Jagger held his own during what would be Mindy Elise Grayson’s (another of Wiig’s classics) final bow on the game show she was so very, very terrible at. The sketch, which usually fell into the trap of running too long, felt just right and was a proper goodbye to the best/worst Broadway starlet ever.
But the fun hardly stopped there. Just how great did this episode continue to be? So great that they managed to make Kenan Thompson downright hilarious as a very confused Al Sharpton (sorry, A.L. Sharpton) in a CNBC sketch and then ushered in the return of –– yay! –– Stefon. Bill Hader‘s beloved late night party monster stopped by the Weekend Update desk to tell us all about New York’s hottest clubs this summer, some of which feature a different kind of Build-A-Bear, his best friend Joel, evil celebrity chef Wario Batali, and frat boy guru D-Bag Chopra, among many other gloriously deranged things only Stefon would know about. Please never leave, Bill Hader.
Were you just as amazed by how great the Saturday Night Live season finale was? Did you get emotional during Kristen Wiig’s finale, too? Which Mick Jagger performance blew you away the most? Sound off in the comments section below.