November 2, 2014 10:41 AM EST

Chris Rock hosted Saturday Night Live the night after Halloween, but the veteran comedian and SNL alumnus used an event happening the next day — the New York City Marathon — as an opportunity to crack a few jokes about the Boston Marathon bombing, which he called “the most frightening, sadistic terrorist attack.” (Because after 26 miles, “You get to the finish line and somebody screams, ‘Run!'”)

His opening monologue, which also poked fun at the Freedom tower, the commercialization of Christmas and gun control, is above. Below, catch musical guest Prince’s historic eight-minute set — the first time in the show’s history a musical guest has departed from the format of two, shorter songs performed separately:

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