Fred Armisen parodied the late, great Prince for years on Saturday Night Live. So when the Purple Rain singer performed one night, the comedian decided to approach his idol.

“I’ve been doing Prince since high school,” Armisen told Howard Stern of his impersonation Tuesday while promoting his series Documentary Now! with SNL alums Seth Meyers and Bill Hader.

And at Prince’s special after-party that night, “they had a little buffet of macaroni and cheese,” he began.

“Wow,” Stern joked. “He really knew how to party.”

“I’m such a Prince fan, I really wanted to tell him this, and I wanted him — in my ego — to say something back nice, because he had just performed on the show,” Armisen continued. “So I walked up, he was sitting alone eating macaroni and cheese, and I was like — this is true, this is true! So I sort of carefully sat down. I was like, ‘Hey, I just wanted to tell you I think you are the greatest.’ And he said, ‘You know what I think the greatest is?’ And I was like, ‘What?’ He was like, ‘This macaroni and cheese.’”

Cue laughter from the whole studio.

“I had to walk away from the table alone backwards, because you know it’s almost a joke or not a joke, I couldn’t tell,” he said.

Prince: A trailblazing artist committed to his comfort food. Here more of Stern’s interview with Armisen, Meyers and Hader below.

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