In case you missed it last night, it was the season finale of Saturday Night Live, and it was sort of a big deal. Although the show has wallowed in mediocrity for more than a decade, there have been some very bright spots. Apart from Justin Timberlake, most of the bright spots were from cast mainstays Jason Sudeikis, Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, and the head writer Seth Meyers.
Sudeikis, Armisen, Hader, and Meyers are all leaving the show, and it was sort of a big deal.
Hader did his obligatory “Stefon” segment on Weekend Update, and it was awesome. I didn’t watch the whole episode, but I caught the Stefon segment, and I caught this other piece of brilliance.
Armisen, playing the role of “Ian Rubbish”, played a song with his band “The Bizarros”. It’s Armisen on vocals and guitar, Hader on bass, cast member Taran Killam on guitar, and Sudeikis on drums. They play a song “It’s a Lovely Day”, about finding a way to see the bright side of things.
As the song progresses, he’s joined by “a few of his friends”, including Aimee Man and her husband Michael Penn, J. Mascis from Dinosaur Jr, Armisen’s “Portlandia” co-star Carrie Brownstein from Sleater-Kinney and Wild Flag, Steve Jones from The Sex Pistols, and Kim Gordon from Sonic Youth. It’s brilliant:
Of course J Mascis steals the show with his guitar solo, but that’s okay.