The world lost an icon when Prince passed away in 2016, leaving behind a legacy of groundbreaking music and unforgettable performances. As fans mourned the loss of the legendary artist, some of his close encounters with other celebrities started to resurface. One such memorable moment was shared by “Saturday Night Live” (SNL) cast members Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, and Seth Meyers during an interview with Howard Stern in 2016. They reminisced about their experiences working with Prince and attending an unforgettable afterparty.
During the interview, the trio recounted their time on “SNL” and the exhilaration of performing alongside the musical genius. But what left a lasting impression on them was the afterparty hosted by Prince himself. As they discussed their encounters with the artist, they shared a delightful and somewhat humorous anecdote involving mac and cheese.
Hader, Armisen, and Meyers recalled Prince’s response when they asked him what he thought was the greatest thing. Without missing a beat, Prince simply replied, “You know what I think is the greatest? – this mac and cheese.” The cast members found this response both unexpected and perfect, given Prince’s unparalleled fame and the constant flattery he received. They marveled at how Prince, having heard people shower him with praise throughout his life, appreciated a humble dish like mac and cheese.
As the conversation unfolded, it became evident that Armisen and Meyers, who had been in the presence of numerous celebrities, didn’t fully grasp the brilliance of Prince’s reply. Stern, recognizing the significance, pointed out that Prince’s comment was a testament to his unique perspective and his ability to find joy in the simple things.
Prince’s SNL afterparty became the stuff of legends, and his presence left an indelible mark on those fortunate enough to attend. It showcased his generosity and down-to-earth nature, despite his superstar status. The cast members, fans of Prince themselves, were in awe of the experience and relished the opportunity to interact with the musical legend.
The interview with Hader, Armisen, and Meyers not only highlighted their personal encounters with Prince but also provided a glimpse into the enigmatic artist’s character. Prince’s ability to appreciate the ordinary alongside the extraordinary made him even more extraordinary in the eyes of those who were fortunate to know him.
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