Mick Jagger, frontman of the Rolling Stones, has been announced as the host of Saturday Night Live’s season finale, airing on May 19th.
He will mark his third appearance on the show by delivering a humorous opening monologue alongside long-term cast-members Fred Armisen and Bridesmaids star Kristen Wiig as well as participating in a series of comic sketches.
This will be the first time Jagger, 68, has hosted, having first appeared on the show back in 1978 with the rest of the Stones as musical guests. He then demonstrated his comedic skills in December 2001 when he made a cameo appearance squaring off against ‘shadow’ Jimmy Fallon through a mirror.
2012 is The Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary and it will be marked by the release of a new as-yet untitled documentary this autumn reflecting on the band’s career. The film promises to include a wealth of unseen footage and previously unreleased material. Murmurings of a tour have been put on hold for the time being, but guitarist Keith Richrads has indicated that it could happen in 2013 instead, saying, “I have a feeling that’s more realistic.”
With Mick also signed up to deliver a musical performance, fans will be left questioning what material he’ll choose to play.
Saturday Night Live has been a favourite on American television since 1975, earning 126 Emmy nominations – more than any other show in television history. Jagger will close the 37th season of the show which has helped launch the careers of a many stars, including Mike Myers, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey and Adam Sandler.