Sketches cut after dress rehearsal:
a sketch about a painter (Bill Hader) and his agent (Steve Martin); a sketch where a lame dad (Martin) sells a book of likewise jokes; and a couple (Amy Poehler, Martin) try to get a loan approval while drunk.
Sketches/segments not shown in the 60 minute version: Weekend Update, "The Tangent," Prince and Tamar's performance of "Beautiful, Loved, and Blessed," "Super Bowl XL Rehearsals," "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams 3000," and "Don't Buy Stuff You Can't Afford."
This episode marks the first time Prince has been on SNL since February 21st, 1981, making this the longest gap between appearances of any kind in the show's history.
This episode drew 9.3 million viewers; this was the highest rated episode of season 31.
Finesse Mitchell does not appear until the goodnights.
This is Maya Rudolph's first appearance after her maternity leave.
This is the first time that an SNL Digital Short is used as cold opening and this is the second instance in Year 31 where the first sketch was not live.
This episode featured three filmed pieces (the cold opening, "Close Talkers," and "The Tangent"), the most in one live broadcast since Season 10.
This episode marks the first time in 11 1/2 years that Steve Martin has hosted. This episode also marks his 14th time as host, a show record.
"The Prince Show" sketch co-starred Beyonce (played as always by Maya Rudolph), who starred with Steve Martin in the 2006 remake of "The Pink Panther." Beyonce also appeared with Prince at the 2004 Grammys, a performance that was essentially the backbone of this sketch.
The "Teddy Bear Holding a Heart" sketch spoofs a popular and long-running ad campaign by Debeers.
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