NBC’s late-night sketch staple “Saturday Night Live” is pulling out all the stops for the Nov. 1 show, bringing back a major alum of the show in Chris Rock as the guest host along with a huge musical guest in Prince.
Rock was a cast member on the show from 1990-1993 and has not hosted in 18 years, Entertainmentwise reports. For Prince, it will be his third time as musical guest on “SNL.”
Prince has just released two new albums — one solo and one with a band. It was not known whether he will perform with a band on “SNL.”
“The booking announcement comes just days after Bill Hader hosted one of the least-watched episodes of the show this year,” the report notes. “The ‘Superbad’ actor — who was formerly a permanent fixture on the comedy series — reprised his much-loved roles as ‘Stefon’ and other famous characters, but failed to draw in the show’s usual ratings. Instead, the episode tied in with Charlize Theron’s turn as host in May as the lowest-rated ‘SNL’ showing ever, both overall and in the prized 18-49 demographic.”