Saturday Night Live will be saying a funny but fond farewell to Prince on Apr. 23, just two days after the iconic performer’s passing. The show is gathering up their best Prince skits, as well as his appearances to remember the legendary singer.
The late great Prince will be getting his very own Saturday Night Live tribute special in the wake of his mysterious Apr. 21 death at 57-years-old. Titled “Goodnight Sweet Prince,” the hour and a half show will feature hilarious sketches about the flashy and eccentric artist, as well as some of his memorable musical performances over his three decades of appearing on the show.
SNL was going to air a repeat on Apr. 23 but in the wake of Prince’s death, they’ve decided to honor him with the special “Goodnight Sweet Prince.” While he only appeared as the show’s musical guest a handful of times, they were some of the most memorable ones in the show’s 41 year history.
He first appeared as musical guest way back on Feb. 21, 1981, when the still up and coming singer performed “Party Up.” He waited a good long time to come back to thrill the audience as it wasn’t until Feb. 4, 2006 that he made his next appearance on the late night show, performing “Fury” and “Beautiful, Loved and Blessed.” Stream Prince’s music, completely unlimited and ad-free, RIGHT HERE.
He retuned for his third – and now final – musical appearance in 2014 and the show made the rare move of combining the usual two separate performances into one giant eight minute set, where he performed “Clouds,” “Marz,” and “Anotherlove.” We doubt there’s any other artist who could command such respect that the show would bend their standard rules like that!
In addition to his performances, the show has had plenty of fun at Prince’s expense over the years in hilarious sketches. The most famous skewering of him was during Fred Armisen‘s decade plus run on SNL where he played the Purple One on the “Prince Show,” which was a send up of his odd quirks featuring Maya Rudolph playing his co-host Beyonce. Be sure to be on the lookout for those sketches and more when the special airs Apr. 23 at 11:30pm on NBC.
HollywoodLifers, will you be tuning in for SNL‘s Prince tribute special?