Eddie Murphy has already made a big splash in 2019. He just released a hilarious movie on Netflix titled Dolemite Is My Name, which I highly recommend, and appeared on the infamous Jerry Seinfeld show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. On Comedians in Cars, Murphy talked about wanting to make a return to stand-up comedy. It has been more than 30 years since he has released a stand-up special, with the last being the monstrous Eddie Murphy: Raw in 1987 that grossed over $50 million. Since then, he has starred in huge blockbuster movies, released music with his band, and has generally laid-low and been a family man.
Murphy is often cited as the reason Saturday Night Live survived through the 1980s when Lorne Michaels left the show for five seasons to pursue a career at Paramount Pictures. Murphy left the fame sketch show in 1984 and has only been back to Studio 8H once for the SNL 40th Anniversary Special. Murphy was quoted from Actors on Actors presented by Variety Studios saying, “they had this 40-year anniversary a few years back, so everyone that was ever on the show was there, and it was this really great night. I got this big wave of nostalgia and great feelings and seeing all these other actors that have been on the show. There was such a strong kinship with everybody, I felt like I was at my old high school. I decided, this Christmas, I’m going to go back and host the show. I hope it’s funny.”
We will be seeing more of Eddie in 2020. It is reported that he is in talks with the streaming giant Netflix for an undisclosed number of comedy specials for a price tag of $70 million. We are hoping to see him on stage somewhere to test new material before the special release but until then, catch him on SNL on December 21st!