SNL‘s Prince tribute show that aired instead of a rerun Saturday Night has gotten mixed reviews. Fans are complaining on social media (what’s new?) about the second half of this week’s broadcast, which was a compilation of vintage sketches built around The Prince Show, with former cast member Fred Armisen impersonating the pop star. The show started off with an intro from an emotional Jimmy Fallon.
Included was a bootleg of an invitation-only jam (below) that Prince did for SNL’s 40th anniversary show, with former cast members Fallon and Maya Rudolph, among others, joining onstage for Let’s Go Crazy at the after-party at the Plaza Hotel.
NBC turned to its vault of sketches later in the show that spoofed the musician — to the dismay of many fans. Armisen doing his doe-eyed Prince impersonation, opposite Maya Rudolph as Beyonce and, in one bit, Shia LaBeouf as Tobey Maguire (see below) had some seeing red, not purple.
He told TheWrap the day after the show,
“I have never stopped loving Prince. “I’m so grateful for that moment. I can’t believe I was in the same room as him.”
You can’t please everybody. Here are two of the amazing performances, plus one of the said sketches. Did the spoof’s bother you? (Apparently, Prince himself liked them at the time.) Watch & tell us what you think on Facebook.