Eddie Murphy, Coming to a Comedy Club Near You?
By James Lang
Eddie Murphy is one of the reigning kings of comedy. The Nutty Professor, Beverly Hills Cop, Dr. Dolittle, Daddy Daycare, Shrek, and so many more epic television and big screen performances have solidified him as a true cultural icon. And, that’s not even considering his music career, and most importantly, his stand-up.
Eddie Murphy hints at wanting to return to stand-up stage.
Fans of Murphy’s stand-up got a glimmer of hope in early September when Jimmy Kimmel cornered the comedic heavyweight on Jimmy Kimmel Live. As Kimmel steered the conversation towards Eddie Murphy’s acceptance of the Mark Twain Prize at the Kennedy Center last year, the conversation turned towards stand-up.
Kimmel accused Murphy of blurring the lines between an acceptance speech and stand-up comedy.
Jimmy Kimmel: “…and you did a little bit of stand-up, and it was so great to see. And I know everybody’s busting your balls, when are you going to do stand-up again?”
Eddie Murphy: “Well I wasn’t really doing stand-up, it was like a long acceptance speech.”
Jimmy Kimmel: “Well, you did, part of it, yes it was an acceptance speech. But you did your great Bill Cosby impersonation, and it’s a crazy Bill Cosby impersonation…”[discussion about the Bill Cosby bit]
Jimmy Kimmel: “…and people think doing stand-up is something you can just walk up on stage and do. But you really, there’s a whole lead up to doing stand-up.”
Eddie Murphy: “Oh, yeah, you’ve gotta go back to the clubs and workout and do all that stuff.”
Jimmy Kimmel: “You’re not doing all that stuff.”
Eddie Murphy: “Yeah, but I might, you know what, I might…”[leading off into discussion of proper wardrobe for getting back into stand-up and performing on stage]
Is it possible that Eddie Murphy will come out of a self-imposed stand-up retirement and start working through his material. If he pulls the trigger, get ready to find him at the smaller clubs, in a more intimate setting, polishing his material and prepping for some big-time performances, with undoubtedly, sold-out crowds!