SNL’s “History of Punk” Sketch Of Margaret Thatcher Tribute

Loudster Co | April 16, 2013 - 6:03 am

Saturday Night Live addressed the death of Margaret Thatcher during its April 13 Vince Vaughn-helmed episode with a sketch that acknowledged the former prime minister's complicated legacy, while also being surprisingly sweet.

In the sketch, a mockumentary series called “History of Punk” remembers the rise and fall of fictional early punk act Ian Rubbish & The Bizarros. Sex Pistols-esque band The Bizzarros, the sketch saw Fred Armisen as frontman Ian Rubbish, who hated everything, including the police and the queen, except Thatcher. While other members of the band tried to convince Rubbish that Thatcher was "a terrible person", they learned that because she reminded him of his mum, there was no changing his mind.

The sketch reached its apex with archival footage of Rubbish and Thatcher (played by Vanessa Bayer) meeting for tea and rocking out together, finally wrapping up with an Rip title card.

The best part of the sketch is the real-life Steve Jones, weighing in on Rubbish’s puzzling affection for the prime minister. “We thought it was a joke,” says Jones. “Turned out he just really liked her.”

Watch the sketch below:

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