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Tonight's host is Tim Robbins with musical guest Sinead O'Connor.
Sketches: "Perot '92," "Caracci's Pizza," "The Founding Fathers," "Sunday Morning Videos," "That's Not Yogurt," "The Tori Spelling Show," "Larry King Live," "Cooking With Dennis Miller," "Sweet Jimmy: The World's Nicest Pimp," "Daily Affirmation With Stuart Smalley," and "Bob Roberts Book Burning."
Performances: Sinead O'Connor performed "Success Has Made A Failure of Our Home" and an a cappella version of the Bob Marley song "War" that ends with the infamous destruction of Pope John Paul II's photo.
During the goodnights, Tim Robbins does not thank Sinéad O'Connor.
Sinead O'Connor tearing up a picture of the Pope during her second performance of the evening was named #93 on TV Guide / TV Lands "100 Most Memorable TV Moments" in December 2004 and #67 on "E! 101 Shocking Moments in Entertainment" in September 2003.
The reruns on NBC and syndication (if and when, which is rare) either end the performance of the second song before the picture is ripped (which is the version that played on Comedy Central) or replace it with a dress rehearsal where Sinead O'Connor holds up a picture of a starving child, then walks off the stage (which played on NBC).
Sinead O'Connor is banned from SNL after this episode.
This is the first episode featuring the segment "The Hollywood Minute with David Spade" on Weekend Update.
The infamous performance of "War" that ends with Sinéad O'Connor's destruction of Pope John Paul II's picture, shouting "Fight the real enemy!" is available on the "SNL: 25 Years of Music" DVD box set, with a special introduction by Lorne Michaels.