Eddie Murphy confirms stand-up comedy return for 2020
Eddie Murphy is getting into full comeback mode.
Fans can rejoice in the official news that the comedy legend will be making a return to the stand-up stage.
“Next year I am going to tour, do some standup,” Murphy said on the Netflix podcast “Present Company” with Krista Smith.
While no further details were dished out, the “Saturday Night Live” alum seemed at home revealing the news to a podcast on the streaming platform, which is reportedly paying upwards to $70 million for a multifaceted deal.
During the Season 11 premiere of Netflix’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” Murphy told Jerry Seinfeld that he planned to return to the stand-up stage at some point.
Murphy sold out traditional concert venues, recorded albums (in 1983, “Eddie Murphy: Comedian” won the Grammy award for Best Comedy Recording) and his 1987 comedy special “Raw” was released in movie theaters and grossed $50 million.
The “Beverly Hills Cop” star has many irons in the fire within the coming year; the Golden Globe Award winner is the lead in Craig Brewer’s star-studded Rudy Ray Moore biopic, “Dolemite Is My Name” for Netflix. It will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend and will stream Oct. 4.
Murphy will make an official return to the “SNL” stage as host for the first time since 1984 on Dec. 21.
In 2020, he will reprise his role as Prince Akeem in the upcoming “Coming to America” sequel, which will feature Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, Wesley Snipes, Tracy Morgan, Leslie Jones and Kiki Layne.