“Saturday Night Live” alum Eddie Murphy confirmed rumors that he’s returning to stand-up comedy as part of a broad-based return to the spotlight for the famously reclusive comedian.
The New York Post reports that Murphy confirmed the move in a casual comment during an interview for the Netflix podcast “Present Company with Krista Smith.”
About 25 minutes into the interview, Murphy reportedly said: “I’m going to go on the road and do some stand-up.”
Murphy, 58, has largely avoided the spotlight for years. But he recently turned up on Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” — where he hinted at a return to live stand-up — and as we reported back in July, he has been working on a mega-bucks deal with Netflix for a series of stand-up specials.
He’s also booked for a guest-hosting gig on “SNL” on Dec. 21.
“He’s arguably the show’s biggest star, and yet the ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ and ‘Coming to America’ legend hasn’t been back for a whopping 35 years,” The Post notes.
The report adds: “This would be his first major return to stand-up since his hit live concert films more than 30 years ago — 1983’s ‘Delirious’ and 1987’s ‘Raw.’ They raked in $50 million each at the box office and influenced a host of ensuing comedy legends, including Chris Rock, Russell Brand and Dave Chappelle.”