It’s time to dust off your leather jumpsuit; Eddie Murphy may be returning to reclaim his comedy throne. The stand-up titan is allegedly in talks with Netflix to return to the stage for a deal netting out at $70 million dollars. That’s more than what Netflix payed Chris Rock and Amy Schumer COMBINED for their specials. This would be the first time the 58 year old comedy legend has graced the stage for a special in 30 years, but this comes at no surprise.
In a clip released this week from Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, Murphy stoked the return flames and spoke candidly about his return. Noting that his confidant the late Don Rickles unswervingly pressed the topic of Murphy’s return a few months prior to his passing. “I’m going to do it again,” Murphy confirmed. “Everything just has to be right.” In the actual episode, Murphy stated to Seinfeld that letting his stand-up comedy muscle atrophy was one of his biggest regrets in life. So the time is right and Netflix looks like its trying to align those same stars they did for the returns for the likes of Chris Rock, Ellen Degeneres, Dave Chappelle, and Adam Sandler.
Murphy’s specials Delirious (1983) and Raw (1987) not only inspired comedians and fans globally, they changed the way we consume comedy as a culture. There is no confirmation on the number of programs or specials Murphy could be doling out, but as a general scope in the realm of possibilities, Netlix’s $100 million dollar deal with Jerry Seinfeld back in 2017 included the rights to Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee as well as two stand up specials.
Regardless if this deal goes through, this is still an interesting “what if” scenario. A deal of this size could change the landscape of what’s fiscally possible for a single Netflix special. We are all lacking Eddie in our lives! Lets hope we see the legend working some material out at “The Comedy Strip” soon.