We’re currently closer than ever before to Eddie Murphy’s return to stand-up comedy. No details of tour dates have been announced, but as time goes on, we must only be getting closer… such is the gist of temporal progression.
No details; but Houston, we have intention! Speaking on Netflix podcast Present Company with Krista Smith, Murphy told the world: “Next year I am going to tour, do some stand-up.” This follows earlier mention of a return to stand-up on a July episode of Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
In the meantime, keep an eye out for Murphy’s role in the sequel to Coming to America, and a guest-host gig on Saturday Night Live later in 2019.
There’ve also been reports of a US$70 million deal between Murphy and Netflix for an undisclosed number of stand-up specials. That’s lots of dollars. So was the $60 million that Dave Chapelle bagged for his three 2017 specials, and Chris Rock’s $40 million for his two in 2016. Interestingly enough, the 1987 live film Eddie Murphy: Raw remains the #1 stand-up film of all time at the box office. People like Eddie Murphy.
People miss Eddie, too. He’s largely avoided the limelight since the release of his most recent movie in 2012 – an epic cinematic fail that scored 0% on Rotten Tomatoes. In a 2016 interview with Jimmy Kimmel he explained that he has no e-mail address, doesn’t own a computer and doesn’t bother with social media. And doesn’t Google himself. Hopefully he still knows how to deliver a good one-liner, albeit without much contemporary meme reference.