May 22, 2012

Mick Jagger in the role of a loser watching other guys do karaoke versions of Mick Jagger.



The SNL guys doing the imitations are very funny, and I just loved Mick submitting to the role, particularly accepting closeups on his fascinatingly ugly face (without the familiar hairstyle/wig that keeps us seeing him as the rock star and not a regular human being).

Oddly, to me, in this clip, he look like Joe E. Brown, a comic actor with a very distinctive mouth characterized by — of all things not associated with Mick Jagger — liplessness:

29 comments:

Mary Beth said...

Sweet and nebbish, not the words I usually think of to describe Mick Jagger.

Pastafarian said...

Maybe it's a gender thing, or a generational thing, but I don't see anything even smile-worthy, let alone chuckle or laugh-worthy, in this clip.

I can't remember the last time I thought something on SNL was funny. I'm pretty sure it was the 1970s, and it was only funny because I was 13 years old.

EDH said...

My favorite line, from Jagger, at 1:48 (kinda hard to hear):

"What era Mick Jagger are we talking about?"

Jagger did well and his gleam still showed through.

Mitchell said...

John Cleese portrays himself as a flaming asshole, which is far more admirable.

Scott M said...

That skit instantly reminded me of one of my favorite pieces of self-depreciating humor from back before Christopher Reeve climbed atop that horse.

Jay Vogt said...

I watched this skit live, and while I do find SNL sometimes clever and funny, this I thought did not even reach the level of lame.

It was a bad reconstruction of every drunken frat party I went to in college. No thought, and I mean absolutely none, went into the construction of that 8 minutes of television.

Nice separated at birth though.

Mary Beth said...

I can't remember the last time I thought something on SNL was funny. I'm pretty sure it was the 1970s, and it was only funny because I was 13 years old.

I was absolutely sure that it used to be very funny, until I rewatched some of those old episodes on Netflix. The parts that I had remembered and thought funny still were, it's the parts that I had forgotten (which took up most of the show) that weren't quite what I had thought it had been.

Michael said...

Jagger seems to be without vanity outside his role of rock star. He has a cameo in The Bank Job in which he's spectacularly homely and dorky looking.

Patrick said...

I got a good laugh from this.

Pastafarian, SNL was good when it had Phil Hartman. From the same era, the Clarence Thomas hearing skit is still my favorite.

http://www.hulu.com/watch/276356/saturday-night-live-cold-opening-joe-biden

Scott M said...

He has a cameo in The Bank Job in which he's spectacularly homely and dorky looking.

He actually wasn't half bad as a mercenary leader in "Freejack" all those Emilio's ago. He had to play a sour puss and probably has one of the best faces in the world for it.

RonF said...

I haven't regularly watched SNL for a long time. But I caught this show and I thought that Mick was very good in all the skits he was in.

traditionalguy said...

Nice skit. Jagger seemed to be drug free. At last he gets satisfaction just being himself.

Amartel said...

Fascinating creature. Like something from science fiction, a tiny, frail, wizened yet unexpectedly powerful force of nature. Not fade away!

Petunia said...

I thought Fred Armison's performance was pretty funny. Just wish Mick had broken into song at the end there.

The Peyton Manning sketch with the kids playing football was also funny.

chickelit said...

Liplessness

Camel philtrum?

Chip Ahoy said...

I see what you did, the opposite of camel toe. But what a face that guy has. I never saw a smile take up a whole face that wasn't Photoshopped.

I found the Jagger skit deeply moving. no rly, srsly The woman is blabbing and he's sitting right there, the real person taking it all.

Ann Althouse said...

"I thought Fred Armison's performance was pretty funny. Just wish Mick had broken into song at the end there."

He did. Is it clipped out? He sings "Satisfaction."

Ann Althouse said...

(It's there. I guess you mean you wish he'd done the all-out Jagger-style version.)

Geoff Matthews said...

I didn't find this funny either.
The only reason it was supposed to be funny was that Jagger was in it. It relies on the fact that Jagger is in it. Without him, it wouldn't even be aired.
It isn't clever, it isn't well written.

kristinintexas said...

Scott M, that was funny :)

Dust Bunny Queen said...

I'm interested in the accent that he is using and whether that is a real regional accent in England.

It was rather poignant at the end. Jagger did a very good job of not being Mick Jagger in the skit. Maybe this is who he really is and Mick Jagger is the construct.

David said...

Mick looks like Woody Allen.

William said...

Fred Armison now does a far better imitation of Mick Jagger than Mick Jagger does. It's very hard to make those moves with an arthritic hip. Mick, on the other hand, has a terrific take on George Burns than just about anyone.

Saint Croix said...

that was hilarious.

autothreads said...

It's not fall down funny, but Mike Myer's doing Mick Jagger while Jagger was imitating Keith Richards was kind of charming and pretty meta.

autothreads said...

Jagger did a very good job of not being Mick Jagger in the skit. Maybe this is who he really is and Mick Jagger is the construct.

"I'm only Bob Dylan when I have to be", said the singer when he was asked what it was like to be Bob Dylan. Asked who he was the rest of the time, he answered "myself".

Mick said...

When I die you will all know that you're old.

Mick said...

I still rock

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfNnnZNBnbs&feature=related

Biff said...

Let's not forget the classic SNL sketch from the 90s where Jagger played Keith Richards to perfection while Mike Myers played Jagger. I'd post a link, but none of the links I found were from the official SNL site, and SNL's lawyers are pretty aggressive in sending out takedown notices. The full skit was about 3 minutes long; worth a search.

The other thing I noticed about Jagger's SNL appearance last week was how he yielded center stage to Kristen Wiig at the close of the show. There was a moment when he seemed to realize that the moment was really about her, and then he quietly withdrew into the crowd assembled behind her. I suspect a lot of celebrities would not have had that level of stage awareness and modesty. Very classy.