This weekend, Saturday Night Live aired a tribute to Prince in place of the scheduled rerun. Hosted by Jimmy Fallon (of course), the show was primarily a look back at the many times Prince performed live at Studio 8H over the years. It also re-aired several of the “Prince Show” sketches, starring Fred Armisen as Prince and Maya Rudolph as his sidekick, Beyonce.
We’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for “Prince Show”, but some other fans weren’t so pleased. Naturally, they took to Twitter to express their displeasure, with most people wanting an entire show of performances, not sketches. We always expected to see “Prince Show”, but thought they could’ve interspersed them throughout the performances rather than bunching them up at the end.
No matter what you think about Fred Armisen’s Prince impression, though, we think everybody could agree that the highlight was seeing the much-discussed Prince performance at SNL40. Jimmy Fallon told this story on his show right after it occurred, and he told a similar version again on Saturday night before switching to the video.
Then, ’80s SNL alum Tim Kazurinsky posted his own cell phone recording of the surreal moment. Prince performed “Let’s Go Crazy” while SNLers Maya Rudolph, Jimmy Fallon, Martin Short, and Chris Rock danced and played instruments. We can guarantee that nobody who was there will ever forget that moment.