Welcome to Hot Streaks. A look at the times when comedians at the height of their power. Comedy comes in waves, and with it comedians ride the success of public adoration and creativeness. During these times (usually around 5 years), comedians are putting out some of their most successful projects. So with that being said, let’s take a look at some of the hot streaks some of the best comedians have out there.
First up, Eddie Murphy.
Hot Streaks: 1982-1988 and 1996-2001.
Key Projects: (82-88) Delirious, Comedian, 48 Hours, Trading places, Beverley Hills Cop (I & II), The Golden Child, Coming to America, Raw. (96-01) The Nutty Professor (I & II), Mulan, Dr. Dolittle, and Shrek.
Power Ranking: 8.5/10
In Eddie Murphy’s early days in the 80’s Saturday Night Live was his coming out party with now historic characters such as Buckwheat, Gumby, and Mr. Robinson. He made his movie debut two years later in 48 Hours as Reggie Hammond which led to him becoming the only host of SNL who was still a cast regular.
Murphy followed that up with Trading Places opposite Dan Aykroyd then found his first franchise as Axl Foley in Beverly Hills Cop. Oh yeah, during this time he also released 3 stand-up specials that would define the decade and earn him Grammy Awards – Delirious, Comedian, and Raw.
His rise to complete stardom lasted until about 1988 with the release of Coming to America. His career sort of faltered after that until his family-based resurgence in 1996. Mulan, Dr. Dolittle, Shrek, and even both of the Nutty Professor movies were successful, somewhat family-oriented movies that brought him back on the map.
Unfortunately, since then he has starred in total stinker movies like The Adventures of Pluto Nash, Norbit, Daddy Day Care, Meet Dave, A Thousand Words and Tower Heist.
Murphy almost had a 3rd streak with the Academy Award nomination for his role as James ‘Thunder’ Early in 2006’s Dreamgirls but for the most part, it’s been a long-rumored/hoped return to stand-up while continuing to get a string of mediocre movies.