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Eddie Murphy On SNL-Then & Now




by G. Brown

TV this weekend was like the good ole days when SNL was Saturday Night Live. And it only took 35 years for history to finally repeat itself.

Comedian, actor and outright star Eddie Murphy returned for the first time in more than 30 years this past weekend to the show where it all started.  In 1980, a very young and unheard of would-be comic joined the ensemble cast of the sketch show.

After 5 seasons, the show underwent some major upheavals with a new showrunner looking to cast a non-White cast member to replace Black comedian Garret Morris.  Murphy wasn’t the top choice but was added starting with the fourth show that season. That season was a ratings disaster and the entire cast was fired except for two people…ironically, one of whom was the last person hired–Murphy.  It was still a rocky season, but Murphy began to shine.  By the 11th episode, Murphy introduced us to what would be many of his hilarious characters–Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood. The parody of children’s television “Mr. Rogers” in the hood was a hit and so was Murphy!  When the show ran five minutes an episode later, Muphy was stepped and did a five-minute impromptu filler impersonating Bill Cosby and Stevie Wonder.

Murphy’s brash boldness and quick wit saved the show and made him SNL’s break out star.

Returning as host, Murphy brought with him some old favorites…And something new.


Flexing his star power, Murphy brought out just about every A list Black comedian out there and fans were here for it!…




It may have been three decades but Murphy eased back into the live skit show like he never left. Even though he is a bonified film star with a hit currently on Netflix(“Dolemite Is My Name”) and just finished shooting the long-awaited  “Coming To America” sequel, Murphy has been hinting at reviving another part of his career-Stand-up. He joked recently that the arrival of his latest child makes him a father of 10 and that takes money.

With an estimated net worth of $120 million(, Murphy probably isn’t looking so much at the paycheck as he is at seeing whether or not he still can still bring it in stand-up as he did with his “Delirious” which even with all its political incorrectness still pulls a Rotten Tomato approval score of 91% decades later.

Whatever Murphy’s true motivation, it’s a win-win for fans and comedy.  Judging from how Murphy landed those laughs on SNL, he’s still got it.  And audiences want more of it.


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    NBA is fixed

    December 24, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    I agree with Dr. Boyce Watkins, the Saturday Night Live episode featuring Eddie Murphy was one big F U to Bill Cosby. Remember boule Bill tried to buy NBC in the late eighties. In other words, boule Bill, a black man tried to gain wealth and power in America. If he were successful, boule Bill would have become one of the most powerful men in America. He also would have been the only black man to own a major television network. Boule Bill is in prison not because he raped white women, but because he is a intelligent, wise black man who attempted to gain wealth and power in a country that works hard to prevent black people from gaining wealth and power. NBC used Eddie Murphy and four other black comedians to further destroy the power, wealth and legacy of a black man who truly cared about educating and empowering black people.

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    Shawn J.

    December 23, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    Eddie Murphy is one of the greatest comedians/actors of all time! He rocked then, and he (still) rocks today!

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