November 1, 2014
Season 40 episode
Episode 772
Season Episode 5
Host Chris Rock
Musical Guest(s) Prince
Song(s) performed by Musical Guest(s) "Clouds"/"Plectrumelectrum"/"Marz"/"Anotherlove"
Previous Episode October 25, 2014
Next Episode November 15, 2014

The 771st episode of Saturday Night Live was hosted by Chris Rock with musical guest Prince.





 Cold Open   Sketch   Pre-recorded   Weekend Update   Music Performance   Other 

Title Image Summary
The Kelly File   Megyn Kelly (Cecily Strong) interviews Chris Christie (Bobby Moynihan) about Kaci Hickox (Kate McKinnon).
Monologue by Chris Rock   Rock does a controversial standup routine discussing the Freedom Tower and Boston Marathon bombing.
How 2 Dance with Janelle   A girl (Sasheer Zamata) does a live stream about dancing with her friend (Kyle Mooney) and is interrupted by her father (Chris Rock) and brother (Jay Pharoah).
Old-time colonoscopy
How's He Doing?   An all-black talk show where the panelists (Leslie Jones, Sasheer Zamata, Kenan Thompson, Jay Pharoah, and Chris Rock) discuss President Obama's job performance.
Prince performs   Prince's performance had been heavily advertised in the weeks leading up to the episode, referring to it as an 'eight-minute jam session'. Due to its length, it is his only performance of the show. Prince was joined by 3rdeyegirl and Lianne La Havas.
Weekend Update with Colin Jost and Michael Che.   Featured Pete Davidson and Katt Williams and Suge Night (Jay Pharoah and Kenan Thompson) discussing their recent run-in with the law.
ISIS' Shark Tank pitch   Representatives of the terror group ISIS (Kyle Mooney, Chris Rock, Jay Pharoah, and Pete Davidson) make a pitch on the television show 'Shark Tank', with the panelists portrayed by Beck Bennett, Kate McKinnon, Kenan Thompson, and Taran Killam. Also stars Aidy Bryant, who flubs a line. Like the monologue, this sketch was heavily criticized following the show.
Swiftamine   Beck Bennett (as lazily-named pitchman Dr. David Doctor) pitches 'Swiftamine', a dramamine-like drug for dizziness caused by a liking of Taylor Swift music. With Cecily Strong, Taran Killam, Chris Rock, Kenan Thompson, Vanessa Bayer, Aidy Bryant, and Leslie Jones.


The episode's disastrous 'Anniversary' sketch. An edited version was broadcast on the west coast feed.

A married couple (Chris Rock and Leslie Jones) argue. With Sasheer Zamata and Bobby Moynihan. The sketch went poorly from the start. The actors stumbled through their lines and there was little reaction from the audience; Bobby Moynihan's accent changed between lines. In the middle of the sketch, in one of the worst mess-ups in the show's history, Jones left (seemingly according to the script) only to turn around and immediately re-enter. She stopped and stared in silent confusion for a full five seconds, apparently unable to find anyone with cue cards, before she and Rock both stumbled through the next set of lines. Online reviews quickly dubbed it the worst sketch in SNL history, a title previously given to "Jack the Stripper" from the November 22, 1980 episode. Reruns use the dress rehearsal cut.
Helpful Holdup   Three bank robbers (Beck Bennett, Kyle Mooney, and Bobby Moynihan) are unusually helpful. Also stars Aidy Bryant.
Women in the Workplace   Two presenters (Cecily Strong and Kate McKinnon) show workplace instruction videos, starring Chris Rock, Vanessa Bayer, and Aidy Bryant. Also features Jay Pharoah and Beck Bennett.
Goodnights   Colin Jost is visibly angry.
Preceded by:
October 25, 2014
Saturday Night Live episode Followed by:
November 15, 2014
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