Eddie Murphy is reportedly eager to get back to doing stand-up, and he’s in talks for a series of Netflix specials, TMZ reports, noting that the deal is likely to bring Murphy a massive payday.
“Sources connected to Murphy tell TMZ … the comedian has been locked in talks with the streaming giant for an undisclosed number of comedy specials,” TMZ reports. “We’re told negotiations are hovering right around $70 million for the deal … though we’ve been unable to firmly confirm the exact figure.”
TMZ notes that the pricetag isn’t completely out of line given what other top comedians have been bringing in. “Dave Chappelle scored $60 mil for 3 stand-up specials on Netflix back in 2017, and Chris Rock got $40 million for 2 specials the year before,” TMZ reports.
The report adds: “Murphy hung up the comedy mic years ago, and people have been clamoring for a comeback. So, given his track record — which is incredible — $70 mil seems in the ballpark.”
Here’s a clip of Murphy talking about retuning to stand-up during a conversation with Jerry Seinfeld on “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” …