Eddie Murphy recently did something he’s never done before in his much storied career. A podcast interview. The comic legend joined The Hollywood Reporter for an episode of The Awards Chatter Podcast and discussed everything from his “return” to stand-up to the world today.
It seems every year in the comedy community someone places a bet that this will indeed be the year Murphy makes his return to stage. So much so that if Murphy is a presenter at an awards show and reads some funny copy, we debate whether or not it was stand-up? Well, here’s what we do know for certain according to his interview.
“Honestly, now I really am curious about doing it again because it’s been so long, and so much has changed and I’m such a different person,” he reveals. “I’m curious as to what it would be like if I got on stage. But, if I do that, whoever comes to see it has to sit through a bunch of my shitty songs,” he says with a laugh, referencing the music that he now spends much of his time making. “You’d have to hear my shitty songs between the jokes.”
As for why he even stopped in the first place he said, “I stopped doing stand-up because it stopped being fun,” he explains. “And the reason it stopped being fun was it was harder to write — and this was before the internet — it was harder to write new stuff. It had gotten so crazy.” Murphy’s specials Delirious (1983) and Raw (1987) were massive hits, solidifying him as the biggest stand-up comic in the world. Between the success of both of those specials and how much time has passed since then, the pressure to not only return but expectations are seemingly almost insurmountable.
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