When Eddie Murphy exploded into the zeitgeist with Saturday Night Live, it was also an influential, albeit polarizing, stand-up comic. About four decades, dozens of films, and an Oscar nominee later, he occasionally teased a return to the comedy stage, but on Thursday made it sound almost instantaneous.
In a detached chat with Kevin Hart for SiriusXM’s podcast Comedy Gold Minds with Kevin Hart joked the presenter: « Eddie, I don’t like talking to you about stand-up anymore. I don’t fall in love with the fuck trap. I’m sick of you, I’m sick of your shit. … Every time, when we talk, he leaves me a message and I feel like I’m getting gold. «
After some laughs, Murphy said, » My plan was to do Dolemite, Saturday Night Live, Coming 2 America and then Stand -up. And then the pandemic struck and it shut all that shit up. Then I left – all the time last year I would have been working on my plot to get my shit right and then it got shut down. Hey when the pandemic is over and it’s for everyone is sure to go out there and do it then the plan is to do it. «
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See and listen to this part of the conversation below. The full interview will be broadcast at 5 p.m. PT on Hart’s SiriusXM channel Laugh Out Loud Radio Wednesday, then released as a podcast.
Despite all of his later movie starring, Murphy’s stand-up helped kick off his career. Inspired by Richard Pryor and inspired by Bill Cosby, his comedy produced two million-selling albums in the early 1980s. In 1983, double-platinum Eddie Murphy: Comedian won the Grammy for Comedy Album of the Year. This CD was reused from Murphy’s popular HBO special that aired in August 1983.
His 1987 film Raw got widespread and remains the most successful stand-up comedy film of all time.
In between he became a full-fledged film idol with Trading Places and the first two Beverly Hills Cop pictures – after his star-confirming twist on Nick Nolte in 48 hours.
Murphy, who turns 60 next month, returns this week with the long-awaited Sequel to Coming 2 America back in theaters. In the meantime, many wish for Coming 2 America 2 to get up again.
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