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Watch: 6 videos that show Prince's funny, captivating personality

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The extraordinary musical performances of Prince are well-chronicled – but there are a few clips out there of Prince just being Prince, well worth watching even if you're not a huge Prince fan.

Here are a few of them.

Prince dresses up as Bryant Gumbel

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In 1997, Prince surprised Bryant Gumbel for his birthday on "Today" – even dressing like the TV anchor. And he's very funny in the clip.

21 years old on "American Bandstand"

https://youtu.be/5r0YbrZSPrM

Prince appeared on "American Bandstand" as a 21-year-old in 1980 (though he says in the clip he was 19). And gives host Dick Clark a little bit of a hard time.

The video above includes interview cuts, but there's a full, unedited clip here you can watch that shows off more of his personality. The Dick Clark interview is about 4 minutes in. (It doesn't embed, sorry, otherwise we'd put it here.)

Prince surprises 'The View' – then runs away

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEvuMHXfbAM

Prince chats for a couple minutes – until things get awkward when Sherri Shepherd talks about her, um, crush on the music icon.

Prince's long talk with Larry King

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8mg7CxAYUM

In December of 1999, Prince gave a lengthy interview to Larry King – one of the few long interviews available still. He talks about his career, his music, his name change and more.

A guest appearance on 'New Girl'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJGcASPRu0Q

Maybe the most memorable scene from the episode of "New Girl" that Prince guest starred on is the reaction (seen above – headphone users beware). He was apparently a huge fan of the show.

He's really good on the full episode, where he plays a pivotal role – the series is on Netflix, and it's episode 14 of season 3 – and the episode is worth watching even if you don't care about the show.

Prince chats with Chris Rock ... about Michael Jackson

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14n53cmKYJM

Prince got the comedian to really crack up a few times.

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