See Mick Jagger’s impeccable Keith Richards impression on SNL from 1993
We can imagine that spending nearly six decades working within a riotous songwriting partnership can put a strain on your relationship. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards met as young men when they formed The Rolling Stones in the early sixties, and the duo have worked closely together ever since. When we say closely we mean sleeping in the top bunk for a third of the year, sharing highs and lows, fame and fortune, kind of close.
It’s a partnership which has seen the pair become two of the leading figures of the music industry, songwriting behemoths and widely regarded as one of the most potent partnerships around. But it hasn’t stopped them from throwing out a few barbs or jovial jabs here and there along the way. While some were founded in jealousy and aggression, others were a lot more light-hearted and played on their tender fraternal relationship. Below we’ve got a rare clip of the latter.
It takes place on Saturday Night Live back in 1993 as the esteemed Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger joined by Mike Myers for a very special sketch. During the skit, Myers takes on the role of the Stones’ singer—pouting lips and all—all the while Jagger does an impeccable impression of his songwriting partner and glimmer twin counterpart Keith Richards, providing the perfect line: “Mick, you ignorant slut.”
The episode in question, the show’s 338th edition, saw Beverly Hills 90210 heartthrob Luke Perry host the late-night show and welcomed Jagger on as part of the sketch team, readied for hilarity. We needn’t go into the plethora of comedic talent on show on SNL in the early nineties but when the show features Chris Rock, Chris Farley, Myers and Adam Sandler you know you’re on to a winner. Despite the talent in the ranks, Jagger would feature to steal the show with his performance.
Jagger’s appearance is met with huge applause when he and Myers appeared as the Stones duo as part of a news segment from Kevin Nealon, which has a ’90s vision of ‘cellular phones’ and a reference to future US President Donald Trump.
Myers and Jagger are welcomed into the sketch to provide a “point/counter-point” conversation on censorship in music. It was a hot topic at the time, following the decision to drop Ice T from his label after his song ‘Cop Killer’. The serious undertone quickly evaporates from the moment as soon as Myers and Jagger appear on stage.
Myers impersonation of The Rolling Stones frontman might well be a little on the hacky side, chicken wing arms and tremendously painful pout and all. Still, Jagger’s impersonation of his friend ‘Keef’ is that of a true pro — measured, marked and hilarious. Myers talks about censorship’s ethics before Jagger breaks up the American’s off-key British accent with a near-perfect Richards impression.
To make things stranger still, Jagger’s dialogue paints Richards as a police-loving authoritarian, proclaiming: “You’ve gotta stand up for the cats in blue, man!” but the sketch, and the audience in the famous Studio 8H, takes a riotous turn when he says: “Mick, you ignorant slut! All the time with your liberal clap-trap…” before trailing off and landing in a familiar furrowed heap on his chair.
Miraculously, as Keith Richards often did in real life, he stumbles himself awake and writes a tune with Jagger to complete the segment and our favourite story of the day. So what better day to share it.
Watch the full sketch featuring Mick Jagger’s impeccable Keith Richards impression below.