Fred Armisen talked about his famous Prince impersonation which appeared on ‘Saturday Night Live’ in an interview with TheWrap on Sunday.
Comedian Armisen said that his impersonation grew out of a desire to meet one of his musical heroes, Prince.
“I have never stopped loving Prince,” said Armisen. “The reason I did the sketch was 100 percent so I could meet him. It was like a love letter.”
Armisen told TheWrap that he was a punk fan until Prince expanded his tastes.
“He made me totally throw out all my rules. I was just immediately struck by him.”
Portlandia actor recalled his first meeting with musical icon Prince as unforgettable, with whom he met through SNL.
“I’m so grateful for that moment. I can’t believe it. I can’t believe I was in the same room with him,” he said.
Over the weekend, however, ‘Saturday Night Live’ was criticized by some Prince fans for including Armisen’s childish Prince Sketches alongside old musical performances by the real Prince. The show was airing SNL skits featuring Fred Armisen as Prince and Maya Rudolph as Beyonce during the tribute show.
Throughout the skits, Armisen impersonated Prince mainly by whispering things in Rudolph’s ear and disappearing to do quirky things.
Viewers of the show complained that the skits were distasteful, embarrassing and stupid.
Viewers were disappointed that the show aired Armisen’s skits during the tribute. Many viewers flooded Twitter criticizing the show and argued that the SNL episode could have ended after the Prince’s performances rather than moving into the Armisen skits.
The first hour of the show titled Goodnight, Sweet Dreams featured four Prince’s performances from the time he appeared on the show as a musical guest since 1981.
The final performance video SNL showed was the performance of Prince at the show’s 40th anniversary in 2015.