Watch the closing skit of last night’s SNL where Fred Armisen (as Ian Rubbish) sang a wistfully optimistic little number called “It’s a Lovely Day.” He was backed by fellow departing castmate Bill Hader, Jason Sudekis and Taran Killam as the Bizarros. Portlandia co-creator Carrie Brownstein, followed by a supergroup’s worth of other indie rock royalty: Kim Gordon, J. Mascis, Steve Jones, Aimee Mann and Michael Penn, also joined in on the song.
Last night’s episode, helmed by the superstars Ben Affleck and Kanye West, let the spotlight shine on Fred Armisen and Bill Hader in some really terrific salutations to the departing veterans. In eight years on SNL, Hader has unquestionably left his mark. His impressions of Al Pacino, Vincent Price, Alan Alda, James Carville and many more, were spot-on; his original characters like TV reporter Herb Welch, Italian talk show host Vinny Vedecci, and countless game show hosts, are unforgettable. But no performance of Hader’s has elicited as big an audience reaction over the years as his portrayal of the New York City correspondent for Weekend Update, Stefon. And it was only right that the writers gave Stefon a proper NYC send-off, filled with just about everyone he’s talked of at the desk over the years.
Tom Petty is cool.